5 Strategies to Find Balance as a Work at Home Mom - CIS #04
In the previous two articles, I shared how you can utilize your time to excel in your WAHM career, along with tools and resources to help you along. Today, we’re going to look at another aspect of working from home, one that most of us struggle wit… it’s balance!

A work at home mom wears at least a dozen different hats in a single day. Wife, mother, employee, cook, entrepreneur, teacher, chauffeur, confidante, daughter, sister, friend, homemaker… Oh, I think I can go on. Can a single woman excel at it all? I think not. There are some areas that will flourish, and others that will tend to get neglected. The real secret behind balancing it all is not doing it all!

It’s up to you to prioritize and focus on the things that matter to you. Yes, making an income is important, but so is taking time to be with your family. And one cannot be done at the expense of the other. In the podcast I share some ways, I have eased in to a work from home lifestyle.

{Please note, I do not claim to have it all figured out. I still struggle with balancing it all everyday, and that is with only one son who attends a private school during the day. Your situation may be different. Feel free to pick and choose those strategies that will work for your family.}

5 Strategies to Find Balance as a Work at Home Mom

 

Set work timings

Set apart some time for you to work everyday. This is the time that you consistently sit down to do work that brings you an income, learn new skills, and develop your brand/business. This time frame could be your baby’s nap time, a couple of hours early in the morning before the rest of the house is awake, or even late at night when everyone else is in bed.

Pick a time when you know you will not be disturbed. Guard this time and focus only on the tasks at hand. It’s easy to get distracted by social media and an overflowing email inbox, but try not to. If you can discipline yourself to concentrate on just finishing your work, you will have more time left in the day to tackle other non-work related tasks in your to-do list.

Create routines

I am a huge fan of routines, and they are the backbone of my days. I have a morning routine with tasks I need to complete before I sit down at the computer. And then there’s my work routine, where I divide my time between the different projects I’m handling. When my son gets back from school, we have an evening routine where I get to spend time with him, and finish up other work around the house.

I’ve also created loose routines for days when my son is home on holidays. Although they don’t always go as planned, it is good to have the rhythm of routine to fall back on. On days when I have to participate in online meetings, or meet a deadline, I stay up late in the night to do it. By now, my family also knows what my typical days look like, so they’re aware of when I’m working and when I can simply hang around with them.

Get systems in place

Homemaking systems can seriously be very effective for the work at home mom. Try to get systems in place for meals, laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.

Here are a few things I do to easy my work around the house:

  • Cooking double the food we need and consuming it the next day.
  • Doing one load of laundry each day.
  • A quick tidy up each morning.
  • Doing the dishes together with my husband every night.
  • Do the prep work for the next day’s meals the night before.

Create systems that work for you. They should help you get things done with minimal effort from your end.

Spend quality time with family

No matter how much important our work is, it cannot rival the time our family needs with us. The relationships we build with our husband and kids are more important than a successful WAHM career. It would be best if you can shut down and step away from your work, at a particular time each day.

Another tip is to be fully present when you’re with your family. That way, they don’t feel you’re only thinking of your work all the time. It’s easy for me to continue thinking about work when my son is recounting what happened in school. It’s a huge struggle for me, but I’m trying to be 100% there for my family, even when the pressures of work are looming behind me.

Give yourself grace

We are all a work in progress. We might look at someone else’s life and think they have it all together. But chances are, they don’t. Give yourself grace, especially on those days when you’ve messed up. I constantly need to remind myself of this when lunch is not ready on time, or my son’s bedtime gets pushed back because I’m held up in a call.

We all go through periods when our inboxes (and laundry piles) are overflowing. On those days, it’s best to keep doing the next thing, keep moving forward, and try to get back on track. We are not there yet. It might take months, it might take years, but soon, you will get the hang of it and you will be able to balance all the roles God has blessed you with.

Do you have any tips for those of us who are struggling to balance it all? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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