Being a work at home mom (WAHM) has many benefits, from saving money on things like transportation, dry cleaning costs and child care, to freedom to work when, where and in what you want to wear.
But while being a work at home mom has numerous benefits, it does come with its own set of challenges. Distractions, the inability to separate your work life and your home life and others not taking your work at home status seriously, are just a few of the time drains that busy WAHMs face.
Fortunately with a few minor adjustments you can easily get more done and spend more quality time with your family. Here are a few tips to get you started...
Be Ruthless with Your Time
All too often moms fall into the category of wanting to do and please everyone, which ends up leaving them feeling exhausted and depleted. A big part of taking control over your time is learning to say no to people, opportunities and tasks that don’t align with your overall vision. To be able to implement “no” into your life you need to be strict with your schedule. This means prioritizing tasks, taking the time to incorporate them into a schedule and scheduling in free time for yourself and your family. When a request doesn’t fit into your priorities, goals or schedule, it’s time to decline.
Buy Time, Not Stuff
For many moms, when they hear the word outsource, they immediately conjure up images of a call center in India. But outsourcing can be as simple as hiring a housekeeper to clean your house, utilizing a menu delivery service or paying a sitter to watch your children for a few hours a day. Of course you can hire a virtual assistant, accountant or web programmer to manage the parts of your business that are your least favorite. By taking the lowest priority and least favorite items off of your to-do list and outsourcing them to a third party, you can gain loads of valuable time.
Get the Right Mindset
Laundry, household chores and family members are some of the biggest distractions when moms work at home. If you want to be the master of your time, you need to get into the right mindset. This includes creating set office hours and communicating to others that these hours are your dedicated work time, and they need to be respected. Treat your time as if you were working at an outside job - so no throwing in a load of laundry in the middle of the day, or washing up the dirty dishes in the sink. Having a separate office with a door to shut can help to filter out distractions and noise, leaving you free to work uninterrupted.
Like anything else, being productive as a work at home mom takes practice and dedication. But by using these simple tips, you can get more done and have more time to spend with your number one priority, your family.