Any mom here knows that having a baby comes with quite a few tough days. Add in working from home and you can guarantee that you’ll have more tough days than not. However, working from home is also incredibly rewarding - you just have to learn how to stay sane. Here are some of my best tips:
Eliminate time wasters
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to get your work done and be a present mom, then it’s critical that you identify the time-wasters in your life. I can almost guarantee you that you’re wasting time somewhere. If you work on social media like most of us work-at-home moms do, you’re probably wasting some time there. (By the way, social media is designed to make you stay on it, so try to be very intentional about how you spend your time there.) Most of us have full-blown smartphone addictions.
Hire a babysitter
Hiring someone to help with your baby is not always the easiest thing in the world. Trust me - I struggle when I think about ANYONE else taking care of my little guy. However, hiring help, sending your baby to daycare, or asking for help from a family member can SAVE YOU. My friend, Alex, has her babysitter come M, W, F for three hour chunks at a time. This way, she’s able to get a guaranteed 9 hours of work in each week + nap times. If you hire someone, it is truly such a huge help and stress reliever.
Create a space of your own
Creating a space of your own is so important for anyone that works from home, but especially for work-from-home mamas. Why? Because when you work around the TV, around loud toys, and in a messy room (thanks to your baby, more than likely), it can be really challenging to focus. When you slip away into your own space that helps you focus on the task at hand, which is work, it can be so beneficial. Go ahead and spend a pretty penny on it. Grab a desk, some artwork, a really comfortable chair, and while you are at it, make sure you feel professional by adding a custom nameplate from East Point Foundry. They make beautiful bronze desk name plates that will make you feel professional, and with that feeling alone, you will definitely be more productive.
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Get started early
Go ahead and roll your eyes at me, but I include “waking up early” on just about every list of suggestions I put together because it TRULY is a game-changer. If you want to get stuff done as a mom, the morning is a wonderful time to focus and get some uninterrupted work in. If you feel like you’d be better off working at night, then that’s fine. Do what works for you. Maybe you need to experiment with both and find out when you’re most productive. For me, mornings are the best time. I love getting my work done early. It makes me feel so accomplished and allows me to relax at night with my kids and husband. Waking up early also allows me to enjoy some quiet time with God and to get my workout in, if I’m feeling it. I highly recommend starting your day this way!
Be self-aware and take breaks, when needed
If you worked at a traditional job, you’d most likely have breaks throughout your day. But sometimes, when we work for ourselves (especially when we’re really passionate about what we do), we forget to give ourselves breaks. Practice self-awareness by doing mental and emotional check-ins with yourself. When you start to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or overly tired, it may be time for a break. And don’t worry— Breaks will actually help you get MORE done, not less. When you don’t take breaks, you’re less productive. As you get frustrated or overwhelmed, you get stuck. But if you take a step back and allow yourself some mental rest, you can return to your work with a refreshed mind and get SO MUCH MORE DONE!