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