The women who are able to successfully balance their obligations at home and work are the ones who simply decide they are going to balance things in a way that works best for them and in their lives. I have spent my entire career as a work at home entrepreneur. Even with my law practice, most of my work was done at home rather than at the office. In order to make the balancing act work for me. I did several things:
- set up a clear and distinct work area
- created and maintained clear and distinct work hours
- realized that sometimes things would have to change
Set up a clear and distinct work area.
When you work at home, by definition, the office and the house are the same building. One of the first things you must do if you want to balance things at work and home is to create a separate area for work where family/personal business does not take place. It can be a formal office in a separate room. It can be a corner of a room where all the work gets done and all the work supplies are kept. The size and location do not matter. What matters is that you set a clear a distinct work area. It is important to set up a clear and distinct work area because it is a signal to you and to your family that what you do is work, real work and should be respected as such. It is a way of telling yourself and your family that when you are in that area, work is being done. When you are done work, leave that area and the work supplies. It is a simple yet effective way of separating the work day from the personal day.
Create and maintain clear and distinct work hours.
One of the things that happens when you have a typical job is that you have a work shift. That mans there is a specific time you must show up and start working each day as well as specific time when the work day is done and you return to your personal life. If you are a work at home mom. This is a crucial step you must implement. In order to do this, look at the realistic obligations you have to your family that cannot be adjusted and set your schedule around that reality. For example, if you must take your children to the school bus stop each morning at 8:30 am and pick them up by 4:00 pm, it does not make sense for you to plan to start your work day at 8:00 am or to plan for it to continue after 4:00 pm. In that circumstance it would make more sense to make your work hours 8:45 am to 3:45 pm and then continue work hours after your children have gone to bed if you still need to work. Whatever work hours you decide upon, set hours that keep your family obligations in mind. That way you can work assured that your family has received proper care. At the same time, you will be able to spend time with your family without feeling you have short-changed your business.
Realize that sometimes things will have to change.
One of the most important things you can do when creating a plan to balance work and home is to realize that sometimes, things have to change. To paraphrase a popular saying – woman plans and God laughs. This is an important idea to remember because often we take the time to create wonderful plans, SMART plans that take into account reality, contingencies and potential pitfalls, but things still happen and we have to change our plans. This is not something to be concerned about. It is a reality of life that sometimes we have to change plans. Obligations, deadlines, illnesses and a million other things may happen that cause us to have to change our plans. When we acknowledge at the start that this is a possibility, we are better prepared and will not be upset when it actually happens.
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No matter what kind of woman you are and no matter what kind of work it is that you do, you must find a way to balance your obligations at work and home. It is something you can do. In fact you are the only person who can do it in your life, with your work and your family. So, take time today to show up like a grown up and balance your obligations. So, the question for you this fantastic day if you are a work at home mom is, how do you balance your obligations at work and home?
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