Finding a Work-Life Balance When Working from Home
There’s an old saying: “An entrepreneur or in our case as Work At Home Mums is someone who will work sixteen hours a day to keep from working eight hours for someone else.”
This is often very true – especially in the early startup days when you are working your butt off to get your little WAHM business off the ground and focus on making a profit and a few sales.
Many people start a home based business to balance life and work and to have more time with their family.
Often (and I know this from experience) you are working so hard sometimes it feels like you are spending less and less time with the people who are most important to you! Does that ring true?
Don’t let your business cost you your family or burn you out. It can and it will happen.
Here are a few tips >> So, how do you find a balance between work and other aspects of your life?
- Set a time to stop working and then stick to it. This is really really hard to do, but to keep your relationship with your family going well you need to spend time with them. Decide what times you will be working and when you will stop. This may need to be adjusted for big freelance projects but keep your family informed so they will know what to expect, ie you have a deadline
- If you have a pending deadline looming up or a special project, explain it to your family in advance and ask for their help in letting you complete the project undisturbed. Offer a reward such as pizza night and the movies if they let you get your work done, in peace and quiet.
- Your hubby and kids need to understand this is your work. You are a Work At Home Mum, and home is work. By working from home, it is how you help provide a roof over their heads, put food on the table and clothes for the family. You’re not playing video games or watching movies on on Pinterest (Unless you are a Social Media Manager, lol). Explain to them know your long-term goals. What do you hope to achieve with your business? If they can share your vision, life becomes much easier.
- Try to have a space set up that is for work only. I am extremely lucky I have my own office and I can finish work and close the door. When you walk away, leave the work behind for the day. Don’t bring your laptop into the lounge or family room and work. When you’re with your kids and the hubby, give them your complete attention.
- On that point, learn to be in the moment. When you’re working, don’t worry about the children. When you’re with your children, don’t stress about work. Sounds easy, I know, but this takes lots of practice.
- Don’t procrastinate. There’s nothing worse than having two weeks to work on a project and then waiting until the last minute to get started. You’ll snap at your spouse and children about how you have to get your work done, but the truth is it’s your fault for waiting so long.
- Never take the stress of work out on your children or spouse. Its not fair on them and then you feel like shit afterwards if you do.
- Find other interests besides work. Have a hobby that helps you feel relaxed and brings you joy. Not everything is about money.
Keeping your appointments with your partner and children is as important as the ones with your clients. If you say you’re going to take the kids to the beach or to the movies, then do so. When you tell your hubby you’re going to hire a babysitter and go out for date night, then follow through. They’ll understand an occasional emergency. But if you make a habit of cancelling on them, they’ll quickly feel they are a low priority in your life.
Always remember the big picture and don’t get so bogged down in day-to-day details that you can’t take time to enjoy life
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