When I tell people I work from home the first thing I hear is “Wow, you’re so…..lucky!”
They’re right and not a day goes by where I don’t feel incredibly blessed. However, when talking to others about my job, I realize many have misconceptions about the time involved in working at home. They don’t realize what it looks like on a day to day basis.
I’ve talked to many moms excited to begin a new work from home job. Thirty days later this same mom is stressed feeling there is no way to balance it all. When I talk to these moms, I tend to find one common thread. They’ve never adjusted their life to account for the fact they were now a working mom. Instead, they’ve simply added one more ball to the things they are already juggling.
How do you set new priorities to keep your life in balance and your focus on what’s really important? First, understanding you need to cut a few areas to make time in your life for the hours you are now working. Making a list of your priorities will help you see areas where you can cut.
So, where do you start?
Consider Activities Outside the Family
What commitments can you cut so you’re available to your family? Take a look at how many committees, organizations and events you take part in on a weekly and monthly basis. I’m not suggesting you go out and quit everything you do all because you now work. However, I am suggesting you adjust what you do. If you have two or three roles which require you teaching, consider keeping one teaching role and being a helper for the other two. Taking a meal to a friend doesn’t mean that meal be entirely from scratch. In fact, it doesn’t need to be from scratch at all.
Consider your Homeschool Routine and Activities
Are you currently spending 20 hours a week planning lessons? If so, you might need to use a curriculum that included prepared lessons or consider some online classes. When considering your homeschool routine be sure to include homeschool activities like coops. If it’s important that you continue taking part in the activity, make sure you have enough time in your schedule to devote to it. This includes driving time and any prep work you may have if the activity requires any.
Consider What You Can Cut Personally
It’s important that you make time for interests outside of work and homeschool. However, you might find many areas you can cut and gain time for your family. Check your internet time. Can you cut down on the time you spend on Facebook, Twitter or online groups? Maybe there are ways you can multitask. For instance, I do much of my reading in the car when waiting to pick up the kids from activities.
Make the cuts that work for you. Then, don’t be afraid to say “No” when someone asks if you are available for a task. Remember you can’t be faithful to your job and your family if you are over committed. Making these cuts from the start will help you truly enjoy the blessings and benefits of working at home.