Work at Home Moms, Here’s How You Can Get A Better Work-Life Balance
Many of us embrace the idea of working from home as a better way of being present for our families and children.
We also often want to use the time we would spend commuting doing something meaningful and fun for ourselves.
However, having these three goals for every day can be tough, and quickly lead to imbalance or overwhelm.
Luckily, there are some tactics that you can use to redress the balance, read on to find out what they are.
Early To Bed
OK, so us free spirits that enjoy the work at home life may not appreciate having a set bedtime.
In fact, you are probably one of those work at home moms that can quite happily sit up halfway through the night crafting and watching a less than quality TV show.
Set bedtimes might not be cool, but they are useful.
However, the problem with this is that if you are late to bed, you will probably be late to get up as well.
This isn’t such good news if you are working from home, because it means you don’t start until late, especially if you need an hour or two to get going in the morning.
What happens then is that you are likely to finish until late as well, and then you end up spending your evening, which would be perfect for family time, catching up on emails, checking designs, or beavering away at some other job that takes your focus away from your family.
Of course, everyone has a few days that are like that. Maybe you have a looming deadline or a new client you are trying to impress?
However, when this way of working becomes a pattern, it can severely deplete your energy and keep you from the other life-affirming activities you want to do.
With that in mind, try and get into a decent routine when it comes to sleep, as you can find that it affects so many another aspect of your work-life balance.
Plan Your Day
Next, for moms working at home, it is vital to plan your day.
Now, by plan, I don’t mean write down every single thing you have to do including the washing, making sandwiches, speaking to clients, and all that.
What that will get you is a big long list of stuff that can make it hard to start doing anything!
Instead, use a time organizational system like the Eisenhower Matrix.
This is a table split into four boxes, and you can use it to brain dump everything you need to do that day. However, you write the essential things in the first box, and then reorder the rest in term of how urgent and necessary they are is.
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What this does it to give you a very simple prioritized to-do list, with the most important things clearly marked.
You are then free to complete those and leave or do the others as you see fit, or time allows.
Something that allows you to be able to draw a line under the most crucial tasks you have to do, and then relax and do other meaningful activity for the rest of the time.
Outsource Non Vital Jobs
It is also a great idea for moms that are working from home to consider whether there are any tasks that can easily be outsourced to free up more of their time and energy.
These tasks can be business or home related.
For example, one mom may work out that it costs $10 an hour to outsource the family’s ironing, but it only takes 2 hours for a professional to complete it.
However, if she were to do it herself if would take 4 hours and as she charges around $40 an hour for a time, it is much more economical and practical to outsource this work.
Then there are the business-related jobs that you can outsource to free up some additional time.
Why not try using a company that offers virtual services to help out with routine tasks such as answering your phone?
In fact, this is something that can free up a load of time and improve productivity because you are not regularly stopping and starting, or being distracted by clients when you are trying to complete another task.
It also means that you can batch your return telephone calls into a specific window during your day, something that makes it much more efficient.
The thing about moms, whether they are doing household jobs or business-related ones, is that they are so used to being busy and overworked they often forget to prioritize their own well-being and take breaks.
Now, if you work for an extended period without breaks it can affect the quality of what you are doing, your motivation, your productivity and over the long term you physical and mental health.
Of course, all of these things are vital for a mom that is looking for a better work-life balance, and so breaks need to be something that is both done regulated and valued.
With that in mind, schedule in regular slots where you step away from the computer and do something else entirely. Try and make it something that encourages your physical or creative talents, as well as an activity that you enjoy, such as yoga, going for a walk, or creating an art project.
By doing this, you will find that not only do you come back the to the rest of your tasks refreshed and alert but you also enhance your life as a whole.
Keep Regular Meal Times
Lastly, the flexibility of working from home is a wonderful thing.
However, sometimes it can get a bit out of whack especially when it comes to eating.
This is bad news if you have little ones that expect to be fed at regular times, and even if your kids are grown up, keeping a regular mealtime is a good way to touch base and catch up during the day.
To that end, it’s always best to have a finishing time in mind for the end of your workday.
Pick one that allows you enough time to throw together a quick and healthy meal too, and you will be well on your way to getting a better work-life balance while working from home.
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