When it comes to being full time parents AND full time work-from-home employees, the struggle can be oh-so real. Thankfully, we’ve been at this for quite some time and are able to speak to most any situation while offering helpful advice. Here are just a few excerpts from some of our most popular blogs on successfully balancing work-from-home life and home life.
Lessons from 10+ Years as a Work at Home Mom – By Katie
Mumbling Mommy founder, Katie P, shares her journey of trial and error as a stay-at-home work-from-home mother of five. Life isn’t always perfect, but with hard work, dedication and more than a few 4 a.m. conference calls… success in both work and home life eventually found a harmonious balance.
“Some of these work-from-home years have seen just one little one running around, playing independently while I clacked away on work, and some saw as many as three children at home during school and work hours at once. I’ve worked a lot of wee hours and weekends… But that work done in off hours was the payoff for being present during the day for my kids.”
Advice on Working from Home (for Newbies) – Heather C.
Heather offers our readers a fresh take on working from home while navigating her first year as a work-from-home mother of three. From office essentials to email etiquette, and all the little hiccups that inevitably arise, Heather offers a unique perspective on starting over and starting strong.
“Every day is different for me. Sometimes I have deadlines and everyone is screaming and all I want to do is cry. Not everything about working freelance is green grass and roses. So I set myself up for achievement rather than failure by staying organized, playing tricks on my brain and preparing for the kids to not agree with my schedule.”
When it comes to working from home, there’s one thing we can ALL agree on… the need for organization! Lori offers some amazing tips at keeping both your in-home work space and your living quarters in perfect harmony.
“It is much easier to keep a house organized when you stick to buying what you need, donate regularly, and purge items as you accumulate new things… I think once we all can realize that less is really more, it can lead to a more organized home.”
This article comes to us by way of Rachael, a stay-at-home AND a work-from-home mom with a strict adherence to schedules that keep the ship afloat. Read on to see what a typical balanced “day in the life” looks like for this mother of two.
“8:40-11:20 a.m. – I try to entertain the baby while feverishly accomplishing any and all work that I can. I unload the dishwasher and reload it, make the beds, and start some laundry. I also make any appointments for myself or the baby during this time.”
Working from Home: Separating Business and Personal – PhysicalAddress.com
When it comes to working from home, there is no greater piece of advice we can offer than setting boundaries. These boundaries can come in the form of a “mommy’s not really here” lecture or can be something as simple as creating an environment for “work only.” However you set your boundaries, remember to “clock out” after work and be with family.
“It’s important to set working hours that you follow so that you have clear times when you’re “at work” and clear times when it’s your personal time. You need to set boundaries for yourself and with the people that you work with. Everyone needs to have downtime and pay attention to their other commitments.”Category: Best of