August 08, 2011 04:00 PM

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Elizabeth Banks admits she’s balancing her career and being a new mom to 5-month-old son Felix “not that well,” but regardless, she isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon.

“I’m not really a break-taker,” Banks, 37, told PEOPLE with a laugh on Saturday while promoting her latest flick, Our Idiot Brother.

“I’ll just keep on going, and then we’ll see. You do it. You push through just like any other working mom.”

She continues, “I don’t want to say I take it day by day, but I pretty much take it month by month. My life is now in monthly increments.”

Even though Banks isn’t planning to let raising a child affect her career, the actress — who has The Hunger Games and What to Expect When You’re Expecting in the works — now understands why other moms take breaks in the workplace.

“The thing about motherhood is it’s a full-time job and everything else gets piled onto it,” she says. “I don’t think I ever really understood that until it came into my life. You put so much of your brain energy, and your emotional and psychological energy into, ‘Where is he? What is he doing?’ that it’s almost hard to concentrate on anything else.”

— Dahvi Shira

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