According to research that was reported In Forbes by Telework Research Center, working from home is a growing trend in the United States, and is expected to increase by 60% in the next five years. However, even with this growing trend, there are still a few moms out there finding it difficult to manage their time between being a wife, a mother, and a working from home.
Juggling between these three is a completely new level of busy. For most moms, every day is a battle against time.
Here are a few smart time management tips to make the balancing act a little easier:
- Make a to-do list to help you stay organized
As a mother, I have doctors’ appointments to attend, birthday parties to plan, date night with the hubby and a growing business to run. I realized that when I used mental notes to keep track of my time, I failed miserably and almost lost clients. Mental notes are frail. Therefore, you need to plan and stay organized so that you do not miss any job opportunities.
Having a monthly, weekly, and daily to-do list is an excellent way of ensuring you stay on track. This will help you know ahead of time what you are supposed to do.
These to-do lists contribute to making sure that you do not lose track of time, work, and deadlines. It is a great nudge for your outreach. One important life lesson that I have learned out of the experience is that “you can have it all, only if you are willing to plan it out.”
- Wake up an hour or two earlier
Since my second child came along, I found out that I could do so much more if I woke up an hour, sometimes two before the kids woke up. Getting up earlier is a true game changer. It makes all the difference in a day.
You can use this time of day to write an article or two, do house chores, catch up on personal emails, or just have a cup of coffee before the kids wake up. This is the only uninterrupted time you will get throughout the day. So best make the best out of it.
- Setting realistic goals and including the whole family
Trying to do everything on your own is a recipe for disaster. Chances are you will end up not having accomplished anything at the end of the day. It may look great on social media, but the truth is; running a successful home-based business, a sparkling clean house and serving a five-course dinner every night is not reality.
Sharing household responsibilities with your family will give you time to work on your business as well as help relieve the stress of work. Split your duties and work with your family. This will help take off some of the burden and responsibilities from your back.
- Maintain a financial book
Jot down all expenses incurred to maintain a formal/informal log of your finances. Keeping a financial book will encourage you and push you to work harder, to watch your money grow as you calculate your profits. Hence, you will be in a better position to analyze your expenses to avoid overspending.
- Take advantage of technology
There are plenty of technology applications that you can put to work for you. For instance, the reminder list, timer, alarm, and calendar on your smartphone can help you manage your time. Other helpful applications can help you manage chores, schedules, and lists. Additionally, you can also share your online calendar with your family to keep track of family appointments and activities.
These smart apps are meant to help you micromanage as well as save you valuable time. For your business, you can use these apps to gain enough publicity or to maintain your records of transactions.
- Do not compromise on sleep
We all know that a cranky mom is not good to anyone. Regardless of the dirty piles of laundry, take the time to relax and rest your body and mind to recharge your energy meters for the next day.
- Set office hour boundaries
Setting boundaries is an area most work at home moms struggle. Most moms find themselves flying haphazardly between working on a project and tending to the child. Creating clarity between your family life and business activities, it is imperative to set office hour boundaries for your home-based business.
These limits are meant to help you stay focused on your priorities as a mompreneur. Make sure you honor these limits by putting the phone out of reach when it is family time and not answering personal calls and emails while you are not working.
- Establish a schedule
Break your day into hours of specific duties or work. Set aside time slots for your family instead of being there only when you get a few minutes break from your busy work schedule. It is vital to have a specific hour where you know what it is you need to do. You can accomplish a lot in an hour of focused work as opposed to stealing a few minutes to accomplish something.
- Let go of something’s
It is crucial that you understand that you need to let go of some things to create space for other important things. Take time to reprioritize and cut back on activities or obligations that you no longer deem necessary. Make decisions based on your priorities and have no guilt or need to explain your decisions.
- Get dressed every day
This is an excellent way to transition into work mode. Staying in your pajamas all day often leads to lounging and lazing around all day.
As women, we need to realize that it is impossible to do it all. However, with a little, prioritizing, planning and organization, life as a working stay at home mom can become more manageable. These ten tips are meant to help you prioritize your family while growing your business.
It is possible to achieve personal success while being there for your family. All you need is to give focused attention to each important aspect of your life without allowing the unimportant things to creep in and crowd your time.
Sophia is the founder WarmingHome, my website is designed to reach every young and old person who wants to know about the home. I have also gathered fun, simple tricks that you can practice at home without any struggle. Through my website, you will learn more about home. I believe in working hard, and that life is neither a gamble nor a rehearsal. I believe that nothing comes easy; you need to work extra hard to achieve your goals in whatever field