Working mum six months Reflection. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Three months ago, I wrote my Working Mum 3 Months Reflection. I will share my six-monthly reflections as a working single mum in today’s post. I cannot believe it’s been six months that I have been working. It doesn’t feel like time has gone that far. I feel proud that I have been able to keep a job as a single mother and still be myself. You hear stories from other single parents, who all have something negative to say. However, I still don’t understand where the struggle comes from. Maybe as time goes on, things might change. As for now, things are great.
Working Mum Six Months Reflection
Is What I Do Worth While?
Definitely yes. There are days when I feel like I am wasting my time just because it’s not busy. However, there are some days when it’s like complete madness. Phone’s ringing, trying to complete a form, visitors waiting to be attended to, all simultaneously. And it’s stressful because this job is where every little detail matters. For example, if I make a mistake, a missing number in a client’s contact number or the wrong spelling of a client’s name could cause a disaster for everyone.
Do I Enjoy My Job?
Yes and no. The thing is, when I am working, I want to feel like I am working. Do you understand me? I want to be able to use my brain all the time and come home really tired. The fact that it’s not as busy as I had hoped makes me feel slightly disappointed like I am wasting my time. However, I think this is because the company has worked hard to establish a well-organised service to its clients over the last 100+ years. So everything is all set up and ready.
Am I Learning?
Yes, I am, and it hurts me that I am not learning as much as I want to. I want to be involved in the company’s heart and understand what the solicitors do in court. Working here has now inspired me to go to college to practice Law. I never thought I would want to do this because it requires a lot of reading and brainstorming. Reading tons of books, and I can’t even finish without yarning, let alone tons of books. I am more of a practical-style learner. Watching what everyone is doing in the office excited me, and I want to be a part of it.
Am I Well Paid?
Money is not a problem. It covers the bills but doesn’t cover anything else. However, this is because I only work part-time. And things are costly but affordable. So every month, I try to stick to a budget. But then, something always pops up. And it does my heading because I am trying to live on a tight budget.
Do I Get On With My Colleagues?
Yes, I do. Because they are mature, I think they look after me because I am the baby. My colleagues are probably over 50s, and I turn 30 in May, so there is an age gap difference. Despite being the baby, I feel respected and have some understanding between myself and my colleagues.
Am I Empowered To Be Creative And Do Things My Way?
I have realised that the company has some stringent rules they must carry out accordingly. However, I have the freedom to be creative when practising the controls. For example, I have to note down every phone call made in a logbook, which must include the solicitor’s name, the client’s name and the telephone number for the clients to be contacted. I then have to email the solicitors with those details to find them in the record and make it easier for future references.
How I do, that is up to me because sometimes, in the middle of sending an email, I must take a phone call. At first, I did not understand why I should do that. I thought it was time-wasting. I soon realised how important this was when I forgot to collect the client’s contact details, and the solicitor was willing to contact him. So we spent s30 minutes looking for and reviewing the client’s file to get his number. Yup, Lesson learned.
What Has Been My Best Experience At Work?
My best experience at work would be when my boss was not around. When he’s not around, I can think clearly and focus on what I am doing. He doesn’t seem to understand that this is my first time working in an office environment. And I notice he is always grumpy about something and wants things to get done in a certain way. If I make a tiny mistake – all hell will break loose.
What Has Been My Worst Experience At Work?
It was tranquil at work. When my boss asked for the logbook, I was meant to collect every caller’s information. I showed it to him, and he was shocked there were only three phone calls. About 5 mins later my boss called and gave me a task for him. While doing that, I have had 4 or 5 phone calls coming in and three visitors – all at once. And I’m trying to find this information for him so he won’t call back three the third time to get the correct information from me. The whole thing was a disaster. All this happens in the space of 15 mins. My multi-tasking skills were on point, though.
Is My Work/Life Balance Acceptable?
Oh yes, I am balanced. I am now bored of being at home for the first two days of the week, and I was thinking of getting myself busy with a part-time course or maybe another job. I still have more time to spend with my daughter and help her with homework and stuff. Perhaps I shouldn’t complain because it’s great that I still have time to relax and blog.
I hope you have enjoyed this reflection. I know I have. It has been a very fulfilling six months. I hope it continues like this and maybe some new changes for my following reflection.