10 Things About Work That Are Way Better After Maternity Leave

10 Things About Work That Are Way Better After Maternity Leave

As the days and weeks start to fly by I am only too conscious that my impending return to work is drawing near. I can feel it over my shoulder, like a shadow or a monkey on my back. Quietly reminding me that it’s getting closer and closer.

Whilst I’m not dreading the return to work, after maternity leave, I can’t say I’m particularly excited about it. In a bid to psyche myself up, I’ve composed a list of the best things that I can think of about going back to work. Here’s ten reasons im looking forward to going back to work:

1. Having the time to actually think about and decide what to have for lunch rather than reaching for the quickest and/or easiest thing to make. Being able to actually taste what I’m eating rather than hoovering it up in record time will be an added bonus.

2. Having the commute to read a book, listen to music, have a nap, daydream or just generally wonder about things. I always have at least five things I can do when I’m on the commute. Actually having some “free” time that isn’t filled by doing or thinking about something child or household related is a rather exciting prospect.

3. Getting to wear all my lovely work clothes and having an actual purpose to get dressed for is pretty exciting too. I might actually start thinking about what I wear again.

4. Going to the gym at work. A little ambitious perhaps, but I love the fact that I’ll have the option.

5. Getting my Friday nights back. Since being at home full time, I’ve lost a bit of that Friday night feeling. Fridays do mark the start of the weekend still, but not like they used to. Going back to work will definitely make me appreciate the weekends a bit more again.

6. Finally enjoying and finishing a nice, hot cup of tea. No more luke warm or half finished cups of tea for me!

7. Being able to un-pause. A number of our plans as a family are temporarily on hold until the end of my maternity leave. So going back to work means that we can actually make a start on, or progress some of our exciting plans.

8. Not having to deal with nap time drama. I love spending time with my little lady. Absolutely love it. But when it comes to nap times, both of us tend to get a bit stressy. So in all honesty, it will be really nice not to have to deal with stressy nap times anymore.

9. It’ll be refreshing not to have to plan my days in 3/4 hour blocks anymore. If I want to skip or slack on breakfast, lunch or dinner I can. If I suddenly want to nip out for a hot drink or to do my banking, I can. Time will suddenly be mine again (sort of) for all nine hours of the working day.

10. Having a full second income again. No explanation needed!

So there you have it, ten “exciting” things to look forward to about going back to work after maternity leave. I have a feeling that I could probably find more exciting things about staying at home a bit longer but that probably defeats the point.

What were the things that you were, or are most excited about going back to work for? What would you add to this list?

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  1. January 23, 2014 / 8:57 am

    You’ve just listed most of the reasons I would swap being a SAHM for a having a job! I’ll be able to get one once when at least one of the kids is in school and maybe one day child care will be more affordable! Your post has made me quite jealous actually. Enjoy 🙂

    • January 23, 2014 / 9:45 pm

      There are more and more times that I think how great it must be being a SAHM. Of course I know how hard it is from being one temporarily now, but you get to be there and experience everything with them. Im sad that im going to miss out on certain things. It was actually quite hard to think of this list, although once I got going it was quite nice to realise that there will be some perks 🙂

  2. Amy @2boys1mum
    January 23, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Oh I’d love a 9-5 office job! When I went back to work (as a children’s nurse in a busy hospital) it was like swapping 1 lovely happy baby for 5 upset poorly babies! No extra ‘me’ time, no lovely clothes, no time for hot drinks, no time to think!
    I hope you enjoy going back and keep reading this list to remind you of all the benefits when you’re feeling less positive. 🙂

    • January 23, 2014 / 9:48 pm

      My goodness, that sounds like a horrendous trade! Im hoping to get close to having a 9-5 job, although its quite unlikely in my line of work. I have the kind of job that has you up at the crack of dawn and bringing your work home with you, into bed and into the weekends. Not ideal, but im hoping that I can find some kind of balance when I go back!

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