You might have dreamt about working from home while you were still in an office job. Then you finally made the transition and it just isn’t what you expected. Working from home, especially as a mom, is a balancing act. Here are some ideas to help you.
Set aside specific times for housework and cooking. In an office you would get a break every few hours. At home, you can use this break period to clean up or start dinner. Search recipes for easy dinner ideas. This could include a crock pot meal or just find ideas using the food you already have in the house so you don’t have to run to the store.
Set a Timer
When you’re having trouble concentrating, set a timer and give yourself a break after. This could be a simple kitchen timer. There are also free software versions for your computer. Working from home often allows you to work whenever you want. This can lead to procrastination. Instead, set office hours and stick to them just like you would in a traditional career. This helps you develop a routine that can still be flexible if there’s an emergency or special occasion.
Specify a Work Area
You’ll need to talk to your family when you work from home. Explain to them that you need minimal distractions. You may have to switch your working hours to nights so family members can watch the kids while you’re at your job. It can also be helpful to set up a dedicated office space in a spare bedroom or just a corner of the dining room. This helps with organization and also creates an area where you can concentrate. You might want to turn off your home phone or ignore the doorbell. Cut down on sound distractions with music or a fan that can create white noise.