Getting The Balance Right
As a work from home mom it is really important for me to get the balance right. I need to be able to get my quota or work done each day without jeopardizing the time and commitment that I have for my children and my husband. I have learned a few tricks over the years and I would like to share them with you.
1. Create a schedule and stick to it
One of the most important things for me is my schedule. I have a diary, a white board and my own to-do-list. On my white board I write my work schedule and the hours that I plan to work each day. This allows the other members of my family to see what my weekly commitment is. It really works and family members have over time begun to realize that even though I am at home during the day, I am in fact working. This means that they don’t arrive unannounced.
In my diary I normally take note of the projects that I have and I always make note of their deadlines. I then schedule my work around these deadlines. When new clients come on board they are immediately placed in my diary and my work schedule and to-do-list is reorganized.
My to-do-list is created every evening for the next day. I use my diary to help me determine what needs to be completed the following day.
2. Put Family First
Children are very precious and they don’t stay small forever. This is one of the main reasons that I chose to be a work from home mom. I want to be there for my children and spend as much time as I can with them. I am very fortunate to be able to do this and this is something that I am grateful for every day. It is so easy to get caught up in the whole working from home thing and without realizing it, you can begin to neglect your family and devote too much time to working. This is especially true if you are making lots of money. The truth is, it eventually starts to wear thin and if you don’t create a work schedule and stick to it you could end up ruining your family.
My suggestion here is to stop working when you say you will and work around your family’s schedule. That way you get the best of both worlds.
3. Plan for Illnesses and Day’s Off
When you work 9 – 5 with a regular paycheck you get paid for your sick days. When you work for yourself you lose this luxury so you need to plan for it in advance. You should always leave some additional time in your schedule especially if you work on deadlines. Always give yourself a couple of additional days with your projects because you never know when a child will be sick or your schedule will be interrupted.
4. Take Time Out
One of the most important things I have learned is to take time out. You need a break and so does your family. If you want to make things work you need to take a break every now and again.
If you are going to work from home and today many people do you need to get the balance right. I have learned from my mistakes and I just wish I had known then what I know now. It really would have saved me a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of family arguments.