Working at Home- It’s a Fine Line to Balance

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Balancing Life and WorkBy: Jess Weaver

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Most of us who work at home try to set up some kind of schedule to make our day go smoother. I have seen several work at home moms post their “day to day schedule”.  However, in reality we all know those schedules vary by the hour. My biggest struggle is prioritizing my priorities. As a work at home mom, I have two major priorities.

  1. To take care of my children.
  2. To make money.

There are some days that I really do not feel like working. However, deep down I know that I enjoy contributing to the family finances.

Financial responsibilities are tough in my family. My husband and I both have student loans and neither of us are working in our designated degrees. I have established before that I work at home and also outside of the home. Balancing all of these “eggs” has almost resulted in the Momma Bird cracking.

While I know making money is important I still struggle with knowing the best ways to take care of my children as a work at home mom. Some days I think, “maybe it would be easier if I took them to the sitters.” However, the easy way out isn’t always the best way out. Deb Knight posted about letting go of things that just are not working for us in her article, When Eggs Shatter. I completely agree because if I am waking up every day and dreading what I am doing -it is not for me.

I am not perfect at balancing my work load or my motherly load. But I have a drive to work and I have the drive to be the best mother possible. Some days a schedule will work and sometimes it will not.

What are ways you balance your home life and work life?

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June 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

Do you have any personal goals as far as a career? I love my kids to death, but I find if I don’t have something that I do for me and make it a priority, it gives me total burn out on everything. And it really inspires my kids when I sit down to write novels (for my own personal pursuits). Nothing beats having kids, but they want their own time to do their own projects and so do I. 🙂


June 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My kids are 5 months and 2 years. My career goal is to be a teacher someday. I am thankful for the money making opportunities. Right now this is about helping to provide for my children.


June 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

I feel very blessed to have a set work schedule courtesy of my employer! With this and a dedicated home office I’m able to leave work when my shift is over.


June 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

See, I needed a non scheduled work day. My kids are such a young age and very needy. Working at home for me is about flexibility 🙂

Katie Jones

June 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

It has been a struggle for me to actually stick to a schedule while working at home. Not that I’m lazy (sometimes I am) it is such a different atmosphere than leaving your home and working at a place of business.
I feel like I have all this “empty” time to feel and lately I have been feeling it useless things – well not useless but I am not being productive.

I am an over-achiever which is probably my biggest hurdle. I want to get everything done, make sure things are perfect. I am attending school right now and I feel like I am failing when I don’t study hard enough.

I want to succeed in so many things but feel like I am being pulled into so many directions. I appreciate this post because it reminds me to put things into perspective.



June 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Katie. I want to get everything done as well. Like today my 5 month old is sooo whiny. I am trying to work but I’m not really making that much money. I also started doing Title Editing this week, which I am super excited about. But I am nervous and spending too much time on each title. Miranda is right when she says take it easy.