Hi there my special reader you! 😉 *wink wink* [haha]
In all seriousness though [hehe], can I share with you a few do’s and don’ts? Yes? Oh, how kind of you! [Lol]. Most of us would love to be able to multi-task life and all of it’s juggles, in a way that meets the needs of all of your priorities (you included) 😉
Some of the key factors in working from home, most would say is to have total freedom in your choice of hours, more time with the family, working at your own pace strategically, and of course being your own boss. Or for some who may be handicap, but still want to earn a living and feel independent. Those are amazing reasons, but how is one to uphold all of that and STILL make time for self? Well ladies and gents, it can be done. But the office rules would still apply if you want to accomplish this successfully. If you’re finding yourself at odds with time management for your children, your spouse, your friends & family, and again most importantly YOURSELF, then it’s time to re evaluate what your core purpose of being at home really is and tackle the solutions. Today’s blog will help to do just that. We wouldn’t want to defeat the purposes of working at home if those same issues from a traditional 9-5 still apply.
- Do not exceed your “schedule” at home. Avoid work hours spilling into time with the children or your spouse. This causes stress on both you and your relationships with those you love. Repetition of such strains will result in resentment, turmoil, angst, frustration, and rebellion. They will feel a sense of neglect. Most importantly, it will put a wedge/distance between these special people in your life.
- Do not neglect yourself. It’s very common to let yourself go when overly consumed in something you’re doing. Especially if you’re a perfectionist or dead set on proving a point. Make sure to take breaks in between long hours whether working from home online or offline. Stretch, get some fresh air, grab a bite to eat or simply take a brisk walk. Your mind is of no use anyway if pushed to your limit and mentally drained. Keep a social life & still find time to spruce yourself up. You’ll feel ten times better.
- Do not multi-task home duties & work. HALT! Stop whatever you’re doing and pay close attention to this next sentence [lol]. Avoid mixing at home chores with work. You’re not home to clean, cook, or wash clothes. If you’ve managed to incorporate a schedule that works for you juggling all of those tasks, more power to you. But generally, if your focus is on making sure you’re not burning dinner while on a conference call then maybe you shouldn’t be working those hours, or cooking when working. Sometimes our families don’t always understand that being home doesn’t mean free time.
- Do not get distracted or discouraged! It’s normal to feel a bit defeated every now and again if you’re not producing the results you wanted for the day, week, month, or year. Recollect your thoughts, write out a new game plan, and incorporate that into your daily routines. Turn the T.V off, avoid playtime online, or phone calls with your buddies on their days off from work. 🙂 Stay focused, and steadfast.
- Make time for the loved ones. Never let work interfere with that alone time you have established for the children most importantly. They WILL feel a sense of neglect and that will ultimately result in behavior change. Have romantic time set aside for your spouse and spice it up every so often.
- Avoid getting too comfortable at home and go out for some fresh air. Jog, bike ride, skate, go to your nearest park and have lunch outside. Try out a neighborhood gym and keep yourself active. For the ladies, girl time is essential. Those bonds help keep us on our toes. For the fellas, you also need that bonding time with your male buddies or go out and play your favorite sport or an activity you enjoy to keep yourself feeling energized.
- Always keep your work space organized. Don’t allow it to turn into a junk room or play room for pets, guests, and little ones. Ensure your space enables you to work stress free.
- Keep your priorities in check and never let anything come before those you love.
I hope these tips were of great use to you awesome parents at home. These tips helped to ensure things at home were on point for me as well. When I loose my way I stop to remember these points. I speak from experience [lol]. I feel as though I’ve left something out but no worries, the power of an “update”. [Haha]. Share some awesome ideas you may have to produce a successful stay at home parent below in the comment section!
Until next time….