HOW TO BE AN INSANELY PRODUCTIVE WAHM (Work at Home Mom):
Being a productive WAHM is sometimes easier said than done. Here you are, finally getting to do exactly what you thought you wanted to do. It’s what you planned for, what you thought would be so “convenient”…working from home! But for some strange reason you can’t get anything done. Everything else seems to be calling your name! I have found the answer to having a productive work day. In fact, this will absolutely SUPERCHARGE your work day, I promise!
There are dishes to be washed, meals to be cooked, and kids are screaming your name. How are you going to handle all of that PLUS run your business? If your home business is paying the bills, then you have no choice but to make it work!
Running a household while working from home can be done, it just takes some strategic planning to make it all come together and to actually feel like you have had a productive day.[bctt tweet=”Running a household while working from home can be done…with strategic planning.” username=”pineappleandm”]
Here are some tips that have helped me become a productive WAHM:
1. Start the day very early.
And before you say that you aren’t a morning person, well, guess what…I’m not either! Frankly, I’m exactly the opposite.
I am a “cradle night-owl.”
That means that since I was a young child, I have always stayed up late, I’ve never wanted to go to bed and I have to drag myself out of the bed in the morning. Every morning.
I hate getting up. I hate breakfast. Really, I just hate MORNINGS. I have to have coffee, and lots of it or my brain doesn’t function.
But a few years ago I had a BRILLIANT breakthrough that changed everything. Ready? If I go to bed earlier, I can get up earlier!! DUH. I started making myself do this, and after awhile, my body adjusted and now I can handle mornings a lot better.
It is simply a matter of committing to get to bed earlier and making your surroundings conducive to falling asleep. Stop working on the computer for at least an hour before bedtime. Have low lighting in your bedroom. Leave the t.v. off. Read a few chapters in a favorite book. All these things can contribute to helping you fall asleep.
So, go to bed earlier, get up earlier. Makes for a much more productive day.[bctt tweet=”BRILLIANT breakthrough: If I go to bed earlier, I can get up earlier!! DUH. ” username=”pineappleandm”]
2. Commit to the fact that this is a REAL JOB.
If you expect everybody to take your job seriously, YOU have to do it first. Every day, act as though you are going in to an office to work. Get up, get ready, put on your makeup (see..I’m pretending that I’m going to work in an office. Ha!) Then have breakfast with your family, send them on their way, and GET TO WORK!
If you have small children, you might consider having someone come in to tend to them while you work. If you don’t have access to a free friend or family member, hire a sitter. The sitter’s job should be to take care of the children just as she would if you weren’t home. Let her know that you are not to be disturbed except in an emergency.[bctt tweet=”If you expect everybody else to take your work-at-home job seriously, YOU have to do it first.” username=”pineappleandm”]
3. Minimize distractions to be more productive.
Let everybody know that when you are working, you are WORKING. If you take it seriously, they will take it seriously, too.
Minimize distractions. I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” and allow only calls from those on my Favorites list, which are my children and other family members. All other calls I return in the afternoon when I have finished working.
Social media and email also distract me. I do not allow myself to go onto my personal Facebook page during work hours but schedule that for the afternoon when I am free.
Make your schedule and then STICK TO IT! The first level of commitment to the job has to come from within. You have to make yourself do what needs to be done to see progress in your business or your blog.
4. Check your e-mail only at designated, set times.
I check my business email first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. Everything else is scheduled on my daily planning sheet. Checking e-mail is just like any other distraction…check your e-mail, read a few, get sidetracked with those e-mails…before you know it, hours have been lost. Save all of that work for one or two set times in the day.
5. Have a plan for starting the day.
Every night before bed, make a plan for the next day. Plan what you am going to do HOURLY and write it down in your planner. For example, from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., get up, get showered and dressed, fix breakfast for the family, straighten up the kitchen. Then start work at 7:30.
6. Have a plan for your work day.
Write down in your planner what you intend to do hourly. If you start work at 7:30, use the first few minutes to get organized and then check and respond to e-mails at 7:45. Give yourself a set period of time for this.
Next, schedule in your planner what you intend to do next. Get the unpleasant stuff done first. Check off your progress as you go.
Check out our free printables, guaranteed to help you get organized! There are daily planning pages, weekly planning pages, and individual monthly calendar pages to download and print on your printer.
7. Set a certain time to work.
I try to work from 7:30 a.m. until lunchtime, take a break for lunch and housekeeping necessities, then back to work mid-afternoon. I finish up the afternoon block of work with checking emails, commenting on blogs, checking link party schedules.
Then it’s off to get ready for the evening which is cooking supper and doing final straightening up of the house. Of course, this is just my general schedule. Some days I have to spend the afternoon doing household chores rather than going back to work in my “office.”
8. Have a designated work space.
Have a place in your home that you can call your office or your work space. Claim it as your own and make it as comfortable as possible with everything that you need to be productive.
I find that I accomplish more if I can be in a slightly secluded area in my house. In other words, I don’t get as much done if I am in the middle of the family room sitting on the couch than I do if I am at my desk in the guest room which doubles as my office.
9. Wrap up your day at the end of the day.
When your work day is over, check your master list for anything that was not accomplished. Move that to the top of your to-do list for the next day. Get that done early and check it off! Keep rotating your unfinished tasks to the next day and try to attack those early so you won’t have them hanging over your head.
To sum it all up, successfully working from home is a goal that can be reached. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone, but you do need to have a plan. Keep what works, get rid of what doesn’t. Find the balance that works for you. Remember, you can be a productive WAHM and you ARE the boss!