I posed this question on Quora some time ago and got some great response. The context:
A lot of moms going back to work find it challenging, if not difficult, to claim back the niche they carved out for themselves in the workplace. I think many feel the need to prove themselves once again, especially those who led a very hectic career before giving birth. But as every mother knows, it’s a different ‘now’ we’re dealing with. How should one go about returning to work and striking a balance between career development and raising her child?
After having just read Tamar Weinberg’s post on her ‘must-have tools’, I decided to share an answer myself. 😉 I found her post so helpful, I just have to spread the goodness. I bet you will, too.
“I’ll just focus on some ways that can help moms get organised and be more productive. There are a lot of tools – online tools especially – that can make the transition better. Think of time and task management tools, invoicing, and communication and collaboration tools. For those involved in online business or are entrepreneurs, Tamar Weinberg (internet/community/social media consultant and author who’s a work from home mom) wrote an awesome blog post about the online business tools she uses to make her more productive: http://www.techipedia.com/2011/business-owners-web-toolbox/
Some of it are naturally quite specific to the work she does, but you can easily find personal use cases for most of the tools she listed.”