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New Year's Resolutions for the Work-at-Home Mom
Being able to work from home definitely comes with benefits. For one, you can just roll out of bed and work in your slippers if you wanted. Then depending on what you do, there's always the flexibility of working when you want. Yet, when you are a mom with small children, working from home becomes a juggling act that has the potential to keep you busy from sun up to sun down. Multitasking capabilities really get put to the test. From keeping up the home and maintaining your appearance, to completing your mommy duties while meeting your virtual demands, your plate may stay full.
As a work-at-home mom myself, I could surely use a change to help balance my day. What better time to set some new goals and establish new habits than at the beginning of the year and start the new year off right?
Here are some New Year's resolutions that are ideal for any work-at-home mom.
A Work-at-Home Mom's New Year's Resolutions
1. Create a Better Work Space
So this means no more taking up space on the kitchen counter. Whether you have a room or a single corner, setting a designated area to conduct business helps with getting into the mode of work and eliminates distraction. Others will also recognize when you are unavailable due to work. This will allow you to be more productive and may even have you finishing up early. But don't stop there. Go a step forward, and decorate your space with pictures, plants and your favorite colors, just like you would if you were at a professional office.
2. Make a Schedule and Keep It
Though you may have the freedom to complete tasks on your on time, it's better to be organized and have a set schedule. Monday through Friday, perhaps even Saturday, know what days you will do what. The schedule should include certain chores to complete on certain days and set hours to report to your designated work space. To accommodate for when you want to be spontaneous or even sleep in, have days or times to be free...non constricted.
3. Create Time For Yourself
Penciling in a little me-time is essential. You have to take care of yourself. It'll reduce your stress big time and give you the time you need to rejuvenate. This may include exercise, pampering yourself or doing your favorite hobby.
4. Get Dressed Everyday
I know that this sounds ridiculous, but when you don't have to leave the house, you kind of get used to wearing sweats. So, make a habit of waking up as if you are going to work. Wake up early-ish, shower, get dressed and eat breakfast. Doing this will give you an energy boost and an extra dose of motivation to conquer your day.
5. Plan More Activities for the Kids
It's helpful to put small children into school or fun activities for a few hours. You get a little free time to get a lot of work done as they enrich their social and educational development. However, while the little ones are at home with you, they need your attention. Find various activities that you can do with them in and out of the home. This includes coming up with crafts and making play dates.