There are so many opportunities for work at home mums in Australia. Thanks to modern technology, more and more mums are now a part of the work force and do not even have to leave the house (or change into their work clothes) to make a living. While working from home has its benefits, it can also leave you buried under a massive pile of missed deadlines and pending chores.
If you are a mum, and you want to start working from home, or are already working from home but struggling to balance the two worlds, here are a few tips that will help you manage your home-based professional life efficiently.
Be a Planner
If you are working in an office, your boss tells you how to do the work and when to meet the deadline. At home, you are your own boss! You know what work you have to do so why not plan it beforehand? Start by buying a planner. Schedule your activities in it and then meet the targets accordingly. This way, not only will you be able to engage in your business, you will also be able to fulfil your domestic responsibilities as well, and that too without being stressed.
Schedule Your Meals (and Grocery Shopping)
While working from home, not only do you have to look after your business but you have to look after your family as well. If you are the kind of mom who takes care of the cooking and the cleaning around the house, you have your work cut out for you.
We advise you not to leave everything till the last minute. You don’t want to be one of those mothers who are hastily shopping for groceries at 6 pm because it is almost dinner time. Remember the planner you bought? Now is the time to use it. Choose one day of the week and write down what meal you plan on making every day of the week. Buy all the groceries on Sunday. Trust us, it will make your life so much easier.
Schedule Your Trips
Pick a time when going for an outing is feasible for both you and your family. No one will have fun if you will be constantly preoccupied with your work even when you are out. Plan your next week’s trips beforehand. Communicate with your family and see whether they are also free or not. This way, you will meet your targets on time while enjoying good quality time with your loved ones.
Assign Work To Everyone In The House
Divide some of your responsibilities with others. The tasks that you will assign your children depend on how old they are. For example, if your child is six years old, let them know it is their job to help you set up and clean the dinner table. If they are a teenager, you can tell them that it is their job to get the groceries. This way, all the chores will be done on time and you won’t find yourself under constant stress.
Spend Some Time Alone
Don’t forget, it is extremely important to look after yourself too. Spend a few minutes alone each day. You like to read? You like to meditate? Good. Allocate a few minutes at the end of each day for yourself. Ask your family members to not disturb you during your ‘me time’. Pursuing your hobbies for a few minutes daily will revitalise you and will help you to be stress-free.