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Insights to Achieving Work-Life-Academia Balance

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern society, for mothers navigating the intricate dance between career aspirations, familial responsibilities, and academic pursuits, finding equilibrium can seem particularly daunting but is essential for personal fulfillment and professional success.

Individuals who experience this balance may be more satisfied of their job and life “because they are participating in role activities that are salient to them and they may be mentally healthier because they experience a sense of harmony in life and optimal psychophysiological conditions which enable them to meet the long-term demands of work and nonwork roles” (Greenhaus et al., 2003; p. 515).

Achieving a harmonious balance as a mom juggling work, academia, and family life is embracing:

  • Flexibility

  • Cultivating self-care and a supportive environment

  • Prioritizing and learning your boundaries

  • Delegating

Flexibility allows mothers to adapt to the demands of both their professional and academic endeavors while also attending to the needs of their families. Pursuing flexible learning options such as online courses or part-time enrollment and negotiating flexible work arrangements can provide mothers with the opportunity to advance their education and can empower them to maintain a fulfilling career while actively participating in their children's lives.

It's imperative for moms to prioritize self-care too. Setting aside time for self-care activities, whether it's engaging in regular exercise, practicing mindfulness and meditation, or pursuing hobbies and interests, to replenish your energy and maintain balance. Additionally, Creating a supportive environment both at home and in the workplace, allows mothers to share experiences, seek advice, and garner encouragement from others who understand the unique demands they face.

With the limited number of hours in the day, optimizing productivity and prioritizing tasks become a cornerstone of achieving work-life-academia balance for moms. Learning to prioritize yourself and to delegate tasks and saying no to non-essential commitments can prevent overextending oneself and preserving valuable time for meaningful pursuits. Utilize tools such as calendars, to-do lists, and time-blocking techniques to help you efficiently allocate your time to various commitments, ensuring that each aspect of your life receives the attention it deserves.

Achieving work-life-academia balance as a mom is a dynamic and ongoing process that requires intentionality, resilience, and adaptability. By embracing flexibility, prioritizing self-care, practicing efficient time management, and cultivating a supportive environment, mothers can navigate the complexities of balancing multiple roles while pursuing their professional and academic aspirations. Ultimately, finding harmony between work, academia, and family life enables mothers to thrive personally and professionally, setting a positive example for future generations.



Munira Schaanick

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