Internal Battles of a Work at Home Mom
Updated on: by Jess Weaver
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Written By: Jessica Weaver
I have been working at home for the past 7 months and it has been an incredible journey. I am learning that things change very quickly and I need to adapt to that quick change. At one point I was working for OnPoint, I tried Intellichek, and then I moved onto freelance writing. I have to tell you that I am an organized person but I really struggle with feeling good about my time management. Miranda just posted about staying focused during Titling and closing out all distractions. I wanted to share a few other tips that might help us freelancers stay on track and remain focused with our time management.
1. Join a forum or WAH group. I know many women who have joined WAH groups and this really helps them stay on task with their goals and time management. I know places like WPLH.com and WAHM.com have excellent Work at Home Resources. You can chat with other WAHers and get some ideas. I belong to a group and I share my daily goals with them. A regular worker might think this is bragging, but it really is about meeting your money goals and staying on target.
2. Have an Accountability partner. I have established some great friendships while working at home. One friend in particular and I chat everyday. While sometimes we distract each other…most of the time we keep each other on target for our daily goals. It is so important to feel connected to someone. It’s almost like competition because you do not want to tell your accountability partner that you failed.
3. Become the best at what you are doing. I know a lot of us have several “eggs” we are working on. But have you considered you might have too much going on? Although I am constantly applying for work, I feel *extremely* overwhelmed with everything I am doing. So what was my solution? Cut back! Last week I met a goal of FIFTY articles with Merchant Circle. But this week I only did 42 and I am okay with that. Merchant Circle pays out a nice bonus if you write 50 but it was not worth the stress of getting that bonus. Sometimes you have to pick and choose what you are going to do, week -by-week and day-by-day. Always keep things on the backburner but my new motto is
Work to Live not Live to Work.
For me as a work-at-home-mom, I am getting back down to basics. I am learning to control my time better and stay off Facebook. My time is valuable. The reason I chose to work from home was to be home with my kids and somehow I started to lose site of that. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband who always says “stop working.”
What are your tips for working at home and managing your time? What does your Work-at-home schedule look like? Please share! My work at home schedule will be followed up in a new blog post. I look forward to sharing it with you!
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