Managing Working from Home
I could write a book on the life as a work from home mom, but today I want to focus on how I manage this life from day to day and resources/people that I reach out to when trying to just keep it all together.
One of the first practices is knowing how to manage money. Looking online for tips I discovered a guy named Marty Stallone who gives some great tips for finance. I have had to learn a LOT about finance to be able to keep it all together, especially during tax time. Anyone who works for themselves knows that is one of the craziest times of year.
Marty Stallone also gives great tips on risk management which I have found helpful when deciding new areas to explore while working from home.
Many people get really wrapped up in the 9-5 lifestyle but when they get to work from home quickly realize that life is not always about the 9-5. I work when I can and tease other bloggers that I “work on demand” instead of having a really strict set of working hours. With 2 kids at home and homeschooling our oldest life here does not revolve around my computer as a blogger. I know that some work from home jobs do require set hours though as I have had those as well.
People who work from home often forget about self care. You have to take time for YOU! When you are your own boss, run a household and like myself have other people to take care of it is so so easy to get involved in so many other things that you forget to take care of yourself. I have been there and speak from experience that feeling burnt out 24/7 and complete exhaustion is a real buzz-kill. It is harder to stay focused when the only thing you can think of is how tired you are. I took very little time off from the blog world when our son was born 8 1/2 months ago and it really took a toll on me. I started to fail at other things that I had previously been really good at and I realized it was because I was forgetting about myself. Take a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, read a book and ENJOY YOU!!
I hope with these simple tips you will be able to manage working at home a little better much like I have. Keeping great financial records, knowing schedules can be flexible (says the lady who was blogging at 11PM most nights last week just to keep up) and taking care of yourself are some major helping factors.
For those who work from home– how do you manage? The more tips the merrier!!