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A few years ago my husband and I felt the need for me to become a stay at home mom. With that being said we also knew that we could not possibly afford for me to do so without some type of extra income. Me working from home seemed to be the only option and I must say that after we got used to it and put ourselves into a routine it really isn’t that bad.
When I first started out I had no office hours and I ran myself ragged trying to find some sort of balance. I began working 6 and 7 days a week and well that was simply not working for us. In fact, I truly began to think I was loosing my mind. That is when my husband and I sat down to discuss what our next plan of action should be.
Working from home should not control your home.
It shouldn’t be a burden for your whole family.
It shouldn’t cause your family to actually spend less time with them than when you were working outside the home.
Working from home doesn’t have to be as hard as we sometimes make it. Women and men have been doing it for years and maintained a normal balance. And that is exactly what it is. An ongoing balancing act that constantly needs a little tweaking here and there.
- Set business hours: I can not tell you how important this is. Even with my children at home with me all day I have set times throughout the day that I work and they do independent things. I set a timer for these work hours and my kids will quickly let me know that my time is up. With that being said because I know I have a set time I am also able to be more intentional with my time.
- Have a plan in place: There are times that my work requires me to focus a bit more intent than is possible with the kids running around. That is where my husband comes into play. He is more than happy to take the kids outside for me to get those tedious tasks done. Maybe your husband can’t step in but make sure to have some sort of plan. Recently I found Lego’s and art supplies to be a lifesaver.
- Put yourself and your family on a routine: We have certain times during the day that we do certain things. My kids know once school is done for the day we need to clean up. Once that is done we eat and then it is quiet time/ work time for me. They have grown used to it and now it isn’t as huge of a deal.
- Have everyone pitch in: No one person can do everything. Don’t be afraid to have your children do chores or to ask your husband to help. After all, a family unit is a team. When one person succeeds we all do.
- Make sure to take time off: Days off are kind of important. As a mom, we don’t get the option of a handoff type day but we can have a lazy day. Choose a day to spend with just the family. Watch movies, eat left-overs and dare to do the bare minimums. Not only will your family appreciate it but so will your body and mind.
- Re-evaluate your schedule, routine, and workload often: Things in our homes can change quickly and we need to make sure that when they do that we are adjusting things accordingly. Therefore, be sure to re-evaluate your situation often. Otherwise, you will quickly find yourself running around in circles.
Working from home and keeping your sanity is possible. It is all about balance. I would love to know some tips that you may have that help you maintain your sanity and still get all your work done.
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