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5 ways to improve work-life balance for work at home moms

Working from home may sound like a dream, but housework, children, and spouses can quickly cause distractions that are impossible to ignore. For many moms, working from home helps them to avoid childcare costs and allows them to spend more time with their children. Unfortunately, sticking to a solid 9 – 5 working day and striking a work-life balance presents a tough challenge. Improve your work-life balance by following our tips for work at home moms.

Create an office space

Having a space that’s separated from the rest of the house can help to stop you from getting distracted by other household tasks and put you in the right frame of mind for work. Set up your office space with a good desk, supportive chair and a high-speed internet connection to ensure that you have the right tools to let you concentrate on your work.

3605107785_5f1f291f91-1Break up your time

Working from home with young children? Break up your time into little 30 minute chunks and set your children a task to complete during that time. This could mean coloring in a picture, tidying up their toys or watching their favorite videos on YouTube. Set an egg timer and use this time to focus wholly on your own tasks without distraction.

Introduce a morning routine

Make the most of the time that your kids are still in bed by getting up early and starting your day before them. That way, you’ll have a few precious hours to get a head start on work before you need to wake your children up and get them ready for the day. Additionally, introducing a morning routine that includes getting up early, showering and getting dressed for work. There’s no need for a full suit and heels, but getting out of your pajamas and into work clothes will make you more productive.

Commit to time for yourself

Schedule in time for yourself in your diary and stick to it. Commit to allowing yourself time every day to unwind for half an hour or so. Download a fitness app and do a workout, have a cup of tea and read a book or do some gentle stretching. Doing something that’s just for you will allow you to cool down from your day and prepare for your evening.

Continue to be flexible

As a work from home mom, you’ll find that your schedule needs to remain flexible. As your child grows and changes, they’ll need varying levels of attention and care. On top of that, parenting often throws up unforeseen circumstances like doctor’s appointments and dentist check-ups that require you to be flexible. Make the most of the routine when you can stick to it, but don’t get stressed out on the days when you can’t.

 

The most important thing about being a work from home mom is to allow yourself to make mistakes and adjustments based on what works for you. Every day isn’t going to be perfect, so cut yourself a little slack!

 

Image by Ian Barbour and A Girl With Tea used under CC license

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Samantha is an English instructor who is known for her unmatched passion for teaching.  In addition to an remarkable grasp of the English language, her grammatical expertise as well as creativity and writing prowess made her one the most sought after instructors in her home city.  Now, Samantha brings you thought-provoking articles that elicit deep thinking and analysis.

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