If you do any blogging or you work from home like me, then you’re already aware of how difficult it can be to get anything done when you have little ones under foot. You’re sitting there trying to type away while you have a million other things on your mind. You are thinking about what you want to make for lunch, dinner, when to pick up your daughter for ballet, and your Samsung 4G Android Phone is ringing. There are so many demands on a mother’s time, many don’t understand how a million little distractions can add up to one big headache. If you do work from home, here are some words of wisdom on creating a workspace of your own.
I’ve been in the situation before where the day was so stressful and my baby just wouldn’t take no for an answer. This, of course, always led to staying up late in order to fulfill deadlines and correspondence that couldn’t wait, which meant that I was going to be tired all the next day. When you’re working from home, you deal with a very unique set of challenges that can kill your time and productivity. Being a mom is obviously at the top of the list.
For starters, you need a place. It doesn’t really matter where it is. This place is your office. It’s often shown that having a specific place where you do all of your work allows your mind to focus better. Your brain automatically associates a specific space with productivity. You might already have this space set aside, but talk to your husband or partner and make sure they know that this area, even if it’s just a window seat, is not an area to stack junk to get it out of the way. Your office, regardless of how humble, is your office. Make sure everyone knows this, including your little one.
Finding the time and space to focus on the daily demands of working from home is tough, but not impossible. Look for every little thing you can do to streamline your day so it takes less time away from focusing on getting things done. It sounds a lot like business speak, but you really have to look at yourself as a business. Remember, you’re a professional mom: one of the hardest jobs in the world. I’ve found that lunchtime is one of the biggest time-killers. Consider making your child a healthy and nutritious lunch the night before so, when it comes time to eating, you’re not wasting half your day.
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What are your tips for getting through a day working from home?