When you are a WAHM, you may find that your work day never really ends. You may fit in sitting down and working at various times throughout the day, such as before the kiddos wake up, at nap times, during a movie, or after everyone else is in bed.
With a schedule that works around your family, it can be difficult to decipher family time versus work time.
However, it is important that you do find a balance between the two. Working at home allows you to the freedom to set your own hours and work when you are not necessarily needed for mommy duties. If you don’t segregate the two different roles, you will find yourself suffering from burn out. What’s worse, your spouse and children may start to resent the time you spend in front of your computer as well.
Tips for WAHMs: Balancing Family Time vs. Work Time
In order to achieve family time as well as work time, there are a few things you can do.
1. Include it in your schedule – Yes, even though you work from home, you should still create a schedule. This will keep you on task for your work and make you more productive. With a work schedule, you will be able to step away from the computer for a significant amount of time so that you don’t become a stranger to your own family.
2. Have at least one weekend day off – It can be hard, depending on your line of work and what is expected of you, but you need to take at least one day off over the weekend. Doing so gives you a full day to spend with your family. Even if some of the day is spent tidying up the home, you can incorporate the kids into helping you so that there is more time to hang out with them once the cleaning is done.
3. Work in a quiet space with no distractions – Being able to concentrate during work time will allow you to get things done faster…freeing up more time for the family. Even if this means hiding out in the bedroom with your laptop once your spouse is home, choose a work location that will give you the peace and quiet to get things done!
If you don’t have a spouse, consider hiring a babysitter or asking a friend to watch your children so you can focus on your work when it’s time. Or if money allows, consider renting an office space a few hours per week so you can have time to focus on work.
4. Work as your spend time with your family. Now this shouldn’t become an “everyday” thing, but there is nothing wrong with occasionally checking emails during family movie night or sneaking in a few Pinterest repins as the kids play at the park. Just don’t become the “iPhone Mom”!