Time management is such a heavy word. I choke at those words always. I have this overwhelming feeling that I always under perform.
There are just not enough 24 hours in a day that I could utilize optimally. Or so I feel!! There are always things that have to be done. Things that should be done. And things that could be done but alas I never have enough time.
Sounds familiar? Welcome to the WAHM club. Though it has it’s own perks of being able to look after your family and having the luxury to work from the confines of your room, Working From Home could get overwhelming too.
Whether you are earning a handsome paycheck working from home or simply few dollars to make your ends meet, it is never easy.
Working from home could be a choice or something unavoidable. Either way, managing time at home is a big task. There are chores that spring to your mind just when you sit to do your project.
Just when you have a great idea, your kid walks up to you for a snack. And just in that moment your fantastic idea has evaporated through thin smoke.
Do I sound all too depressing without any light at the end of the tunnel for work at home moms? But haven’t we heard of the saying, every dark cloud has a silver lining. So there is always a way out of anything that looks impossible in life.
I have just come up with few things that work great for me. These are the Time Management Tips For Work At Home Mom and I would love to share them with you. On days that I follow these tips, I function great. But when I just let go of myself, I am not at all productive and my kids face a grumpy mom.
Without having a proper plan or proper time management we can just let go of the time and our oppurtunities.
So I am just going to write down few of the Time Management Tips For Work At Home Mom that work so great with me.
Yes, you need to plan ahead. There is no way you are waking up in the morning and thinking let me do this, this, this and that in the day. I make a weekly and daily planner. I have a checklist for anything and everything. Right from brushing my hair(yes, I need that) to brushing my floor to brushing my posts to publish. There is no way I can function without the check list.
I note down what I have to do the following day a night before. It’s like a night ritual for me. I plan what has to be done the next day and at what time. Right from waking up in the morning to until sleeping.
2. Stick To Your Schedule
Try sticking to your schedule as much as possible. Do not let other things take priority over what you have planned to do. Get your priorities straight. If you planned to load your laundry at 9, then please do so and do not let anything else distract you.
You can find awesome tips of Morning Routine of a Work At Home Mom on my blog. Check them out.
3. Find An “Office” Space and Time
Find a place that you would work from. Right from having a study room to yourself to having a simple table to hold all your work related stuff. Fix a time just how you would when you had a job. But the great news is you are the boss of your time. Choose a time when it is best to work uninterrupted. It could be when spouse has left for job, or kids are at school or when your baby sleeps for extended time. It could be any time that is best suitable for you to work uninterrupted.
4. Finish The Easiest Tasks First
Always finish the easiest tasks first so that you can free up your mind to work on complicated and important stuff without stress. I always like to finish up cleaning my home before working on my blog. A clean home gives me good vibes and I feel content to do my work work with peace of mind.
5. Set Realistic Goals
Do you want to declutter your entire house followed by a five course meal followed by writing a thesis for your project??!! You are setting up yourself for failure if your answer is yes. Set realistic goals that are achievable. Never feel bad if you couldn’t always be 100% efficient.
6. Set a Timer
I wonder what I would have done without a Timer in my life. I have always been a “timer girl”. I love setting up a timer and racing to get my work done in that time period. It could be anything from setting a timer for 15 minutes for organizing a room to finishing up editing my photos in 1 hour. The moment the timer sounds, I save up all my work and am done with it.
Almost always I complete my work before the timer goes off and I in fact get more done than I planned.
7. Make Best Use Of Technology
There are a whole lot of apps that make your life more productive if you use them properly. I would come up with a list of apps that are extremely useful with another post in itself in future.
8. Remove Time Wasters
Identify things that distract and waste your time. Are you checking on other people’s lives on the Facebook for a couple of hours daily. Or are simply browsing the channels without any purpose for half a day. Identify things that waste your time and do your best to eliminate those.
9. Ask For Help
Yes, you WORK from home. That doesn’t mean that you are free and have loads of time and energy for everything. Ask for help when necessary. You are a human being and not a super woman. Do not hesitate to ask for help when in need. Whether it is getting your husband to do some chores to kids helping you out with some social media sharing for your blog post. You can even hire a help to get your life and home organized.
10. Multi task
We, women, are so good at multi tasking. This is not what I say, but this is what the experts say. Make best use of the expert’s opinion and multi task. It could simply be cleaning your kitchen when your dinner is in the oven. Or doing a quick clean up of your bathroom before you shower. Clean your shower as you get out of it. Such small multi tasks help a long way in keeping your house organized.
11. Make Time for Yourself
Set aside a time for yourself to relax doing something you love. Even if that means lying on the bed “doing nothing”. See, isn’t Working From Home just awesome.
12. Don’t Stress
Finally don’t stress if things don’t go your way. Life happens. We fall sick. Kids fall sick. There are unavoidable situations that are beyond your control. So just relax and you can always get back to your schedule when you are better. Life is not all about clocks, checklists and notes.Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel bad. You are still the best!!
So these were my small pointers for getting on top of the Work At Home game.
How do you manage your time being a Work At Home Mom or a Stay At Home Mom?? Let me know through comments.
Until Next Time,