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As a mom, I understand that being able to work from home is such a blessing. But I always chuckle to myself when I tell someone what I do and they say how jealous they are of my "easy" schedule. While I never fault them for thinking that way, any mom who works from home knows that this lifestyle is anything but easy!
Although working from home has a ton of benefits, a big side effect is feeling like a juggler who has to keep an ever-increasing number of balls in the air. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, a new challenge suddenly comes up.
If you're a mom who's getting ready to start working from home, don't think I'm discouraging you from doing so. On the contrary, I think it's awesome that you're getting this opportunity! My main goal is simply to make you aware of the challenges that are inevitably going to come up.
Since it's up to you to figure how to find time to write a new post, work through the mountain of emails in your inbox and get your kids fed when they start telling you they're hungry, it's always nice to have a starting point. Some strategies to find the right balance are:
Waking Up Early or Staying Up Late
Depending on the age of your kids and their personality, sleep scheduling can be an issue. You may find that getting up a couple of hours before them or staying up for several hours after they're in bed provides the focus you need to get through a significant amount of your workload.
Make the Most of Naptime
The great thing about naptime is you can fully focus without worrying that your kids are prowling around in the kitchen and trying to pull open all the cabinet knobs. Even if it's for less than an hour, this is the ideal time of the day to schedule your most cognitively demanding work.
Find a Partner
If you ever meet a mom who's in the same situation, team up immediately! Even though you probably won't be involved in each other's actual businesses, this type of partnership has so many benefits. From a change of scenery to alternating shifts to just having someone who understands what you're going through, having another mom as a co-working partner is absolutely wonderful.
Be a Marathon Runner, Not a Sprinter
If I've learned anything during my time working at home, it's that no matter how organized or strategic you are, there are never going to be enough hours in the day. The good news is as long as you do your best and stay consistent on a daily basis, things really do have a way of working out and continuing to move forward!