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How do you manage everything as a stay-at-home mom? This question pops into my messages on a weekly bases. Honestly, it makes me laugh because I feel like I’m drowning weekly, heck daily. Being a stay-at-home mom is a challenge, throw in working from home and it might seem like a nightmare to most. Me on the other hand, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts and tips for balancing life as a stay-at-home-working mom.
Balancing Life As A Stay-At-Home-Working Mom Thoughts:
Making the decision to work from home is not something to take lightly. While it may appear to be the dream opportunity, there are just people who cannot work from home. Working from home means that you are alone during your work day. It means that you don’t get to have real conversations with people. There are multiple temptations that appear while working from home such as the need to clean, to wash laundry, to slack off. If you feel that these temptations may tempt you, working from home is not for you. If you are a social person who thrives off of human interaction, working from home is not for you.
As someone who is more of an introvert, working from home was perfect for me. I won’t lie and say that I don’t miss getting dressed up, commuting to work, and being among others, however the benefits that working-from-home brought outweighed the cons. I’ve been working from home for over 4 years and I’ve loved it. I was fortunate enough to transform a spare bedroom into my home office which allowed me to create my perfect work space. Over the past 4 years, I’ve learned how to shut out the mess if my house isn’t clean, I’ve learned that I work harder at home, I’ve learned that organization is key, and I’ve learned that I can manage my time better.
Thankfully, I work for an amazing company who allows me to keep Henry home with me (as long as my work doesn’t suffer, of course). Again, I’m not going to lie and say that it hasn’t been difficult to work from home with him, however, I was lucky enough to have had 3 years to work from home to prepare me. I was able to learn how to be dedicated to my job while working from home. It did take me a few weeks to really get in the flow of things, especially after coming back from a 9 week maternity leave, but it’s been 100% worth it.
YES IT DOES GET LONELY.
Working from home does have it’s negatives. There are days where it does get lonely to work from home alone but it’s important to find balance. When I’m feeling alone, I make it a point to get out of the house. Even if it means running through the drive thru for lunch or a coffee, getting out of the house is important. Brad, Henry, and I also make it a point to go out to eat at least once over the weekend. This allows me the opportunity to get dressed up, be around other people, get out of our house, and most importantly, feel like a human.
Balancing Life As A Stay-At-Home-Working Mom Tips:
Create A Designated Work Space //
If you think that you’re just going to work anywhere in your house, you thought wrong. Having a designated work space is super important for your mentality and your work production. As tempting as it may be to kick your feet up in your recliner, do you really think that you’ll be able to focus on work? Probably not. There are many options to create a designated work space in your home. The first being to turn a bedroom into your home office, like I did. If that’s not an option, try putting a small desk in a spare bedroom. Or even turn a closet into an office by putting a small desk on the inside. Do your kids have a play room/space? Setting up a desk in their space is another great option. If you aren’t able to create a designated work space, definitely consider if working from home is a good idea for you.
Set Aside Working Hours //
Now that you have your designated work space, it’s time for designated work hours. When it comes to balancing life as a stay-at-home-working mom, having set hours allows you to shut out work once those hours are over. Some companies may make you work specific work hours, which means you’re all set to start working. If your company allows you the flexibility to create your own work hours, there are a few things to do. The first thing you should do is analyze your child(ren)’s schedule. It’s important to try and get in as much work as you can before your child wakes, during nap time, or after he/she goes to bed.
My schedule is the following:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 5:00AM-11:00AM, lunch/play break 11:00AM-2:00PM, and finally 2:00PM-4:00PM. This schedule allows me to work 3-4 hours in the morning while Henry is still sleeping. Right now his current nap schedule is all over the place so sometimes he naps during our break which allows me to get some housework done or just relax while he naps. Finally, I finish my 2 hours in my work day with him in my office while he plays with toys.
Ignore The Mess & Shut The Door //
Keeping a clean or even tidy house is another tip that’s important while you are working from home. If your home is a mess, the temptation to not work and clean will arise. Believe me, I know keeping a clean home is easier said than done. On the days that I have to work, if my home is a mess, I simply ignore it and shut my door. I fully believe in the motto ‘out of sight, out of mind’. In order for me to focus on the job at hand, I have to forget the dishes in the sink, forget the mountains of laundry, and the dust bunnies that have taken occupancy in my home.
Make Sure Your Space Is Kid-Friendly //
Since your child(ren) are more than likely going to be in your home office with you, make sure your space is kiddo friendly. Some tips for making your space kid-friendly is outlet covers, keeping sharp objects out of reach, and installing a baby gate. Of course, having lots of toys and activities to keep your child(ren) occupied.
Play Pretend //
When all else fails, play pretend. Pretend you are going into the office by getting up, dressed, grabbing your coffee, and heading to your home office.
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