How To Embrace The Working From Home Life

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When you’re a mama, you know that being with your babies is your number one priority. Caring for them, entertaining them, and generally making sure that they are happy and healthy is what you care about the most. But at the same time, it might not be your only responsibility in life. In fact, as a mama, you may have a multitude of things that you need to do week after week. And it can get a little overwhelming. Of all the things that may need to get done, work is likely to be one of them. It’s hard to be a working mom – because you may be trying to juggle a lot of things at once. However, you might be able to change all of that by looking into working from home.

Working from home can sound complicated when you’re not used to it or you have always worked in the corporate world. If you have visions of trying to type and having a toddler crawl all over you, it may be putting you off. But, it doesn’t have to be like that. When you’re a work at home mom – or a WAHM – then you can make your schedule work for you. The working from home life can be fantastic – but you have to approach it in the right way. And if you’re already a WAHM, then maybe you would benefit from some of these tips too. Let’s take a look at what you need to do.

Get Some Sleep

To start with, you’re going to want to make sure that you are able to get some sleep. And good quality sleep at that. If you want to be able to start your day off right, then you need to nail your sleep. If you can be sure to regulate your rest, you’ll find that you have more energy in the day – and this is perfect for helping you to be productive during the day ahead.

Start The Day Off Right

Then, when it comes to making sure that the day goes well, you need to make sure that you start it out right. And that always involves some kind of healthy morning routine. What you do specifically is entirely up to you – but exercise, drinking water, and having some quiet time to journal or meditate helps. However, if you pick up your device as soon as you wake up or snooze the alarm, it often makes you lethargic for the rest of the day.

Have A Plan

Now, when it comes to the working day, you need a plan. In fact, having structure in your day before you start and for the rest of the day is often the key to success. If you know what tasks you have to get done and when you can get them done, it helps you to get everything done. Being realistic here is key. Otherwise, you may be overambitious and find yourself stressed out.

Set Goals

To help you to do that, you might want to think about setting goals. These could be weekly goals, daily goals, or even a goal for the month or quarter. No matter when you set them, goals help you to have some kind of direction and allow you to stay focused when you’re working.

Do The Worst First

We all have tasks that we don’t want to do. However, they exist. And if you leave them until last, they may take forever or you may just continue to put them off. When you’re working from home and short on time, the best thing you can do is eat the frog. This means get the worst project out of the way first. That way, not only will it be done but you’ll feel good for it and have momentum to get you through the rest of the day.

Schedule Yourself

One of the best things you can do to make your working from home day a success, is to have a set schedule. It’s easy to be able to work on and off throughout the day with no real direction. But it doesn’t help you to be productive. Instead, when you have a set schedule of the hours you work, it can help you to maximize the time you have and get more done.

Take Planned Breaks

And yes, you have to take breaks. They are important. Just because you’re on your own time, it doesn’t mean that you should forget about breaks. You need to have set lunch breaks and smaller breaks in your day. Just getting some air and taking time away from your work can help you to feel refreshed and ready for more work.

Set Boundaries

Something that is very important for WAHMs is the ability to set boundaries. You need to manage the expectations of your clients or the people you work for, so that they know when you are working and when you’re not. It’s the same with your family. This helps you to be more productive and it will keep you happier too.

 

Reach Out

There’s one thing that you may start to notice when you work from home. And that’s loneliness. When you work for a company, you often see colleagues every day. But that doesn’t always happen when you’re a WAHM. It can be isolating. However, there are ways round that. You can reach out to other WAHMs and see if you can form an online chat. You could also look to do a work happy hour together. The idea is to support each other and really enjoy your chosen career path.

 

Switch Off

Finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re switching off when the day is done. When you work from home and you have your own company, it’s safe to say that you may always want to be ‘on’. But you need to have that distance. It’s important to leave the workday behind and be present when you’re with your family. Taking this mental break is fantastic for your creativity levels and helps you to enjoy quality time with your loved ones too.

 

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.

Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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