Guest post by Joanna Kwan.
If you’ve ever tried to work at home, you would know how challenging that task could be. Now add that with a whole family to take care of, including small children. Mom entrepreneurs are the new breed of super moms; they balance their business and family all under one roof. To work productively at home and take care of the family properly, here are some helpful tips to guide you through your days.
Make a schedule.
I can’t stress this enough. Preparing a daily and weekly schedule allows structure for completing tasks and keeping yourself sane. You know how much to plan for and how much not to plan for because you have your schedule to reflect whether you’re not doing enough or biting off more than you can chew.
Take a break outside.
It’s easy to be cooped up at home all day and all night. That’s why it’s important for mom entrepreneurs to go outside and get some fresh air. Take out the stroller with your baby to go for a walk along with the dog, and schedule these walks during your breaks. The fresh air will replenish your energy so you can keep the flow going throughout the day.
Make your lunch the night before.
When you’re cooking dinner, take some time to prepare a separate meal for tomorrow’s lunch. Sometimes leftovers are a good idea, but other times it’s nice to eat something different the next day than what you had the night before. I find the workload to be the same when preparing a big dinner with extra leftovers, compared to just enough dinner and a different lunch. But overall, this tip helps make your working day uninterrupted by not having to cook twice a day.
It’s easy to be distracted working at home, or sometimes we hope for an easier task. But the long-term return is well worth it, so try to control those stray thoughts of giving up. The only way to keep everything afloat is to keep going.
Relax and breathe.
The calmer you are about tasks to complete throughout the day, the more you actually get done. At the end of the day you don’t feel as stressed out balancing your personal life and work all in the same environment. Most importantly, make an effort to give yourself some me time. Time away from home, work and family is a tough task to do as most moms are very attached to their usual world. But you still have to make that effort to replenish your mind and body before you’re able to provide for others.
Joanna Kwan is a professional writer that dotes on family values and environmental issues. She reviews products for bassinetstyle.com, helping parents find the perfect bassinet for their family.