Nowadays, mothers are making the choice of working from home. It involves running a business by the side while carefully balancing the role of a mother, sometimes a wife. While it might sound like a great idea – spending time with the children and also growing a business, is not an easy feat. It could be oftentimes depressing as you are reminded of the conflict between the demands of the family and those of work. However, as a mother, once the choice has been made, the tips below will help in managing your schedule effectively:
- Establish a routine for your Children
This is the first thing to consider as a mother when choosing to work from home. Ensure that the children have an established routine. Routines make work easy as children tend to follow the lead and know what to expect. This routine must be followed consistently before taking up the job of working from home or starting a small business by the side. If you were already working from home before having child, take a break and put the child on an established routine. You can resume work when routine has been established over a period of time. This would reduce the frustrations of uncertainty and, you can work freely during the time scheduled for work.
- Work around the children’s routine not the other way around
Do not create a work schedule separate from that of your children. When you know their routine, it becomes easy to work during the time they are not present or when they require your attention. For example, you can work when they are sleeping during the day time or at night time when they are already sleeping.
- Bed time should be early
You should put the children to bed very early so that you can have ample time to complete the work already scheduled for the day. For example, if kids are already asleep by 7:00pm, you should have about two to three hours of uninterrupted work before going to bed yourself.
- Dress up like you are going to work
Working from home should not mean working in your pajamas. If you were working outside your home, you would dress up and show up at work. Same should be done when working from home. Prepare every morning like you are going to work but this time it is working at home. This action prepares you psychologically and boosts your morale.
- Have a Work Space Station
This must not be an elaborate desk and chair but a simple table and chair in a corner dedicated for work can be termed an office. This office space should not be close to your bed to avoid the temptation of going to sleep when tired. Every time you have work to do, go to that work place station. Psychologically, when you go to that corner, your mind and body tune in to work mode.
- Give yourself a break
Finally, give yourself a break either during the weekend or take a day off during work days. Mothers who work outside the home oftentimes do not work during the weekends. They also take holidays, you should do the same.
The above tips guide your everyday work from home. Sometimes, you might not heed to them because humans (children) are unpredictable and different situations might turn up. You should be flexible enough to face whatever comes up but when it is over, it will do you a lot of good to follow the established routine.
Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org