Before being a WAHM, the idea of having total freedom to work when you want sounds appealing to many moms – I know it did to me. However, it’s not as easy as it looks.
In order to maintain your family and still have time to be productive on the work front, you must manage your time appropriately. Creating a schedule can help make it easier for you to get things done so that you still have lots of time to spend with family.
Don’t Expect Too Much From Yourself
If cannot set aside 20+ hours for your work at home business, don’t set a schedule for that much time. Setting expectations that are too high will lead you to fail at keeping the schedule, ruining your productivity in the process. Instead, shoot for the bare minimum of what you need to work each week. Any extra time you find to dedicate to work can then be seen as you being even more productive.
Put Your Family First
Decide the number of hours and time of day you need for family things, then schedule work accordingly. You don’t want to try working when your toddler is up and running around. It can work for some moms, but not many – trust me, I know!
Instead, I set my schedule to work early in the mornings (only if I wake up before the kiddo), during his nap time, and in the evening when my husband is home. Working when you have less expectations from your family will make it easier for you to concentrate and get things done.
Even though you are setting a schedule, you want to be flexible and know that it can change. Being a WAHM means you wear many hats every single day. You may end up not working at all on days the kids are sick or you have a special event to take them to. You can make up this time by asking your spouse or parents to watch the children for a while or fit in time to work on the weekends.
Prioritize your Tasks
To create a schedule that allows you to get things done, your job tasks need to be handled in order of importance. Think of the priorities for the week first, rather than a single day. What needs to be dealt with immediately? Work the schedule around the most vital tasks to ensure you get those done, and be sure to tackle them early on in the week.
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