This is where I come clean. Working from home, as you well know, is no walk in the park. Some may look at you and think, “She has it all together,” but we know the truth. It takes some Evel Knievel time management tricks and Wonder Woman stamina, but we do it. And we do it well! Here are my 5 Confessions of a Disorganized WAHM. This is how I roll.
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WAHM CONFESSION #1- GET OVER YOURSELF
I’ll be the first to admit that when I had my first child I regulated technology time with an iron fist. No more than 1/2 an hour a day. No exceptions. TV was the devil. It would eat their little developing brain cells and turn them into mush. Come the second child, and now I’m working at home, and well… the rules have relaxed a bit.
I now LOVE the TV! It’s my best friend. It buys me time I would not otherwise have. I’ve struggled with this, but eventually, I had to get over myself and do what I had to do in order to get work accomplished. Yes, I give the littles activities, toys, other things to do while I work, but nothing buys me the kind of quiet time I need to concentrate like a little Doc McStuffins does.
WAHM CONFESSION #2- WORK IN THE MARGINS
Advisable? Probably not. Necessary? Totally.
5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. That is how I get the majority of my work finished. Yes, there are tasks that need more time and concentration, and those I leave for other times, but most of my social media, email, and general business housekeeping tasks happen in the margins of time between household responsibilities.
My phone is attached at the hip because you never know when you’ll have a minute to correspond. And I blog in 5-minute increments. It’s a wonder a coherent sentence gets written at all. Really.
WAHM CONFESSION #4- GET UP BEFORE DAWN
You heard me right. Today I was up at 4:00 a.m. and it’s 5: 30 a.m. now. This is the only time of the day or night that I get any peaceful, quiet, uninterrupted time. This is when I write. It’s when I’m at my most creative because I can actually connect with myself and not be worrying about ten thousand other daily details.
If you are not an early riser, simply try getting up 1/2 an hour earlier than your regular time. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in this amount of time. And it really does get easier to get up early. I’ve come to love getting up before the crack of dawn, before the family, when all is still. Give it a shot.
WAHM CONFESSION #5- BALANCE IS RELATIVE
Finding your work life balance is a constant juggle, and it’s all relative.
If business is taken care of, my kids are clothed and fed, the dogs are alive, and the dishes are done, I call that a win!
I can no longer expect to keep my home as neat and tidy as I once did before working from home. There just isn’t enough time in the day, and things need to be prioritized. When it comes down to it, if I have to choose between working on a new product and folding the laundry, the business wins every time.
Your balance may be different. Find the sweet spot of “balance” where you can breathe, work, and feel comfortable and productive.
TRICKS TO GET IT ALL DONE
Over the years I’ve changed my habits and ways of doing things a bit. I’ve streamlined just about every area of my life to be more efficient. Here are some of the ways I hold it together.
Potty Train in One Day
Yep, you heard me right. I potty trained my son in one day flat. No accidents, no fuss, no muss. I just didn’t have the time or energy to spend a month on a half-assed attempt at training my son to go in the potty.
I read it cover to cover in like one day.
Then, I implemented the strategy.
Boom, done. In. One. Day.
Cut Your Hair (Not for the faint of heart)
Prior to babies and working from home, I had a beautiful mane of dark, curly ringlets that reached my rear end.
But it got shorter, and shorter, and shorter. Little by little I got rid of the time sucker that was my hair.
This buys me a good half hour every day.
Streamline and Multitask
This is a controversial tactic that I employ. I multitask just about everything. If I can get two things done at once, why would I settle for only one? I multitask to give myself more valuable time later.
For example, I may catch up on social media and correspondence (for work) while riding my stationary bike so that I can have more time to play with my daughter when she gets up. Or I may do the dishes and make tomorrow’s coffee while I prepare dinner so that I can have some quiet time before bed.
Did you know that there are people who are vehemently opposed to multitasking? Some even view it as sinful! They feel that you should give 100% to what you are doing in the moment. That standpoint has merit, but it’s not for me.
I’m a woman, and I’ve been blessed with the ability to multitask without stressing myself out. I make the most of it and it works for me.
Wear Yoga Pants
Need I say more?
I know, I know. You’ve heard me say, “Get dressed. Don’t be a schlub!” and now I’m saying to wear yoga pants.
I’ve relaxed my rules on getting dressed a bit to include yoga attire. A nice pair of yoga pants can be dressed up with a nice top and a little lip gloss. Am I right?
You’ll be totally comfy throughout your work day at home and still not look like you just rolled out of bed.
O.M. G. I buy everything online. From toiletries and household items to groceries and clothes, I buy them online.
This way of shopping not only saves me time but it saves unnecessary hassle and stress.
I use Mod Cloth for clothes, Grove Collaborative for toiletries, and Sam’s Club’s Click and Pull service for groceries. You can order your groceries online, and they will have them waiting for you at the customer service desk. You just show up and pay. Beats dragging the littles around the store for an hour. Time saved. Bam!
This is all I have for today’s confession. Please don’t judge. I tell my secrets so that you can maybe take one of my tips and be inspired to be a little bit less of a hot mess and a little bit more on point throughout your day 🙂 We are all just trying to succeed at this WAHM thing. Do what you have to do to make it work and be a success. You got this!
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