First Day Back to Work – Tips to Reduce How Much It Will Suck – Part 2

I’m sure you were on pins and needles thinking “When is she going to post Part 2?”  Wait for it…. Ok, now.

Let’s pick up where we left off in Part 1.  Read it here

Thank heavens for smart phones.   I’d recommend that you consolidate your work and home calendars if possible.   Seeing it all on your phone just makes things that much easier.  My husband and I even share one family calendar that we can both see and update through our family Yahoo! e-mail.  Merge your contacts too.  Merging contacts and calendars on your smart phone may be a little tricky if it’s paid for by your company and is really their property, not yours so check that out first.

I also put non-work obligations that fall Monday – Friday into my work Outlook calendar.  Mark them as “private” so co-workers can’t see your “bikini wax” on Wednesday.  If you have special hours that you are working, mark the hours that you’re not doing the regular 8:00 am – 5:00 pm as unavailable.  Since I work from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm I have a daily appointment on my calendar that shows that I’m unavailable from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and has my cell number as a reference.

Make your list of work and home must-dos during the first week back to work.  Your must-dos may include an extensive update meetings with your boss and co-workers, an e-mail to all your clients letting them know you’re back, and paperwork with HR.  On the home front, you will most likely be listing out shopping and errands that must get done (pick up the suit you had let out to fit your new mommy bod, etc).

Finally, I recommend that you lower your expectations of yourself, your boss, your husband, your child, your caregiver – anyone who you’ll interact with in your first week back.  You never know how you’ll feel about returning to work until you do it.  This is also new for all the people in your life so don’t jump to conclusions that your future is doomed to failure and this just won’t work.

I’m sure there are tons of other cool things that you’d recommend and things that you would say are absolute don’ts.  Let us know about your experiences so we can all get better at this mom thing.



1 thought on “First Day Back to Work – Tips to Reduce How Much It Will Suck – Part 2

  1. One helpful hint for returning moms: plan to get to work 10-15 mins early (after drop off) and try to do your eye makeup in your car (or at your desk) AFTER you drop off your lil one. I cried a river right after I dropped off my girl the first time we went to day care and had mascara running down my cheeks. Wish I had planned a little more compassion for me that morning. Tissues would be good in the car too! It’s an adjustment and has it’s sad moments but it’ll be just fine!!
    (And yes, I’m still a homemaker even though I work full time!)

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