Being a stay at home mom, blogger AND entrepreneur things can be hectic in my house to say the least. Working from home brings benefits and challenges. In my experience it is tough to not focus on things that need to be done around the house while I am working. So how do I work on getting things done with my business, take care of the kids AND the house? Oh and I should add that I take care of my husband too… LOL!
I work in compartments. I will schedule different times to blog, clean, make meals, laundry, phone calls, webinars, and even checking my email. This has been my saving grace, literally! If I don’t compartmentalize what I am doing at the moment, my mind goes in all different directions at the same time. Then I find myself at the end of the day never having completed one thing! When I am writing a blog that is all I do at that time. When I am doing the laundry that is all I am doing at that particular time.
*Sidebar~ A little tip for cleaning your house. Work one room at a time. Don’t move onto the next room until one room is completed.
2. Don’t look at your home as a distraction
Some times we can think.. ugh I have to do the dishes right now, I’m getting a distraction. Reality is that its part of your job at home! Stop looking at your home and taking care of your kids as a nuisance and your mindset will change about your daily activities. It only becomes a distraction when you are doing household chores during work/business hours. Thats it! If you have designated work hours from 1-4 everyday that is when you do work. Household chores can come before and after your work schedule. Makes sense right?
3. Schedules don’t always align perfectly
By now being a Mom you kind of already know this. Sometimes your kids will interupt during your work/business hours. Don’t get frustrated! Its ok. It comes with the territory of being an Mom entrepreneur from home. If you are doing business calls/webinars don’t be afraid to tell the other person that your kids are there. Be upfront and honest. Those who really want to work with you will understand this is YOU the whole package. Don’t expect your kids, especially if they are younger, to be 100% angels while you are on the phone. Be understanding, be ok with it and push through anyway.
I hope these 3 tips can help you deal with at home distractions. All it takes is a little practice and a change of mindset to push through and get things done. Around your family and from home.
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