Tips for the WAHM ~ work at home mom

I love being a work at home mom (WAHM)!  My business allows me to set my own hours around

my family’s schedule which is my first priority.  However, I actually struggled with this role a bit. 

Until I set a few boundaries, I felt the need to work all the time.  So stressful and not efficient! 

These are the tips I have gleaned to separate my home and work life and create a more peaceful,

efficient, and productive business.

1. Create a schedule. 

And stick.to.it.  I look at my week to determine how many hours and when I would work then block it in. 

I only change it if something comes up with the kids that I need to be available for, but not if I have a

friend who wants to meet for coffee.  I do that during other hours.  I also schedule hours that are for family only. 

I turn off the computer and give them my attention.This will greatly decrease the mom guilt! 

2.  Determine your work space.

Some are blessed with a home office.  I am not, so the kitchen table gets transformed. 

I keep a bag that I lovingly refer to as my ‘portable office’.  My most favorite place to work is at the coffee shop! 

I find that if I am at home I am tempted to do other things like housework.  Going somewhere else eliminates those distractions.

work at home mom portable office

3.  Keep a list of business activities that need to be done.

I keep a notebook for this because if you are like me, I remember things at strange times and then forget them. 

So writing it down is key!  Then when it is ‘work time’ I know what I am supposed to be working on.

4.  Dress for success

Dressing in sweats with my hair in a messy bun daily makes me feel sloppy, sleepy and less motivated. 

It really is amazing how a good hair day with cute clothes on makes a difference in how I feel and my attitude. 

Try it and watch it happen for you, too!

SayNOtoMessyBuns

5.  Be flexible.

As I write this, I am working.  But my kids are also on Spring Break.  Since Friday is my regular work time,

I just took the kids to an indoor jungle gym with wi-fi.

To me, this really is the best part about being a WAHM.  So cool!

These are tips that I am always working on to stay on track.

Give a shout out if you are a work-at-home mom, too.

I would love to hear any tips you have! 

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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***Messy Bun photo credit to Katie Brockmeyer.  Thanks girl!***

2 thoughts on “Tips for the WAHM ~ work at home mom

  1. I am just getting started as a wahm. I will work mostly from our home computer, but will also be working in a real office one day a week. I was wondering what all your portable office consisted of?

    ps thanks for all the tips!!

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