When you first decided to turn your part-time work-from-home job into a thriving business you were able to pour many hours into the process and reap the rewards quickly. However, now on top of being a business owner, you’re also proud to call yourself a mom. Being a mom is amazing, but it can also wreak havoc on your schedule as a home business owner.
Soon you’re overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to tell up from down. This is the time where you need to take a deep breath and re-evaluate your work schedule and your home life. If you’re at the end of your rope, read on below for a few tips to help you manage life and work as a work-at-home mom.
Put Your Baby on a Schedule
The need to put your baby on a schedule is one topic that has been debated for years now, with parents often falling on opposite sides of the fence. However, if you’re a work-from-home mom, the need for a schedule for both of you can’t be stressed enough. Having your baby on a schedule will reduce your stress levels, allowing you to get more accomplished. It’s better for the baby as well.
Still Dress for Success
While it may seem easier to stay in your pajamas or even just throw on a pair of jogging pants and an oversized tee-shirt to work in, it’s still better if you get dressed for success when it comes to working. There are plenty of trendy plus size clothing options out there that will make it easier for you to shop and be comfortable, yet nicely dressed, at the same time.
You need to make the most of nap hours, as you already know. Setting a timer to get things done is an easy way to do this. If you don’t, you might find that you spent the baby’s entire naptime working on one project even though you have a ton that needs to be completed. For example, set 20 minutes on the clock for social media posts, 30 minutes for research, 20 minutes to tidy up. This way you can be sure that you’re getting as much done as possible when the baby is sleeping.
Wake Up Early or Stay Up Late
For many work-at-home moms, waking up early can become increasingly difficult to do so staying up late is a better option for them. The trick is to figure out when you have the most energy. If you’re a night owl, work when your house is sleeping. If you’re an early bird, wake up and try to get things done when there are very little distractions. Figuring out when you are most focused and have the most energy will do a lot to help you get work done and have a home life, as well.
Don’t be Afraid to Tell People You’re a Working Mom
In some circles, even when you work from home there is a stigma associated with being a working mother. However, you should never be afraid to let people know about your situation, especially clients. Most of them have children of their own and a giggling baby in the background of a call won’t bother them at all. Explain to clients upfront that your deadlines might have to be later in the day because of the schedule you are on. You would be surprised at how many clients understand and are willing to work with you.
As a work-at-home mom, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with work and taking care of a family. Hopefully, these tips will help you get your groove back.