Moms that work outside the home can leave the office and focus on their family, and when they are at the office they can focus on their work. Many a work at home moms have heard the line, “it must be easy to work from home” or “you have time to get everything done”, some people mistakenly believe that. The people who make these types of comments don’t understand the challenges work at home moms face. Work at home moms need to find a way to blend both of those worlds into the same four walls.
Here are just a few time management tips to help work at home mom blend both the work world and the home world together:
Set your business hours and stick to them. Post your business hours for your clients and family members and as a reminder to yourself of when your work day is done. When it’s closing time, do just that. Close the door to your office and enjoy family time. Remember if you worked in an office away from home you’d leave at closing and any calls you need to make would wait till the next day. Apply the same thinking to working at home.
Outsource administrative tasks to a virtual assistant. Doing so will free up some time in your schedule allowing you time to market your business.
Limit the number of times you check your email inbox. There is no need to check your email twenty times a day. Check it every morning at the beginning of your day and say an hour so prior to your closing time. This is also a great time saver.
Avoid surfing the net just for fun during working hours by unplugging your internet connection if you can. Once, you’ve completed your task plug it back in.
Networking via the internet can be good for your business when kept in check. Participating in forum or social networking group can consume a lot of valuable work time unless you limit the sites you visit and how much time you spend there. Be selective and join just the ones you really like and can benefit you.
Enlist childcare help. If you have small children at home during the day consider getting some help to watch over them while you work or if you are comfortable with the idea, a two days a week or a few hours daily of daycare. This will allow you time to build up your business and your kids will remain taken care of.
Implementing the tips above will help you get more done during your business day and allow you the freedom to spend time with your family.