Creating a Better Schedule for Myself and Family
For me, work and parenting is very connected. I work at home and so I am on the clock (doesn’t matter which… just pick a clock) All. The. Time. It can get frustrating especially when there are deadlines to be met and I’m dealing with one family crisis after another. I am constantly bouncing between mom mode and business mode. All that bouncing around is rough on anyone, I don’t care who you are or how well you multi-task.
Moms who work from home have to be not only creative in planning out their work day but flexible as well. For me, the bouncing worked when I was just starting my business but now? Now, bouncing is something I just can’t handle. I have grown to like some stability and as much as it pains me to admit it, I like schedules too.
My challenge this year is going to be creating a work schedule that works not only for me so that I can be more productive but also for my family so that when they have me, they have all of me. I took some time off from blogging in September to regroup, and the one thing that stood out was while I was not blogging as I had been before, that I had planned out my writing deadlines but not blog posts. It had never occurred to me to really plan blogging as well since I didn’t see blogging as part of my writing business since most of the writing I do is for other people and companies.
When I had my writing deadlines planned and organized, I could figure out when I needed to be online and working and when I could just be mom. As I eased back into blogging it occurred to me that even planning out a few blog posts would make me better organized and able to focus better when I wanted to sit down and do some writing for myself.
The problem that still looms for me is when to work? When to write? When to blog? I need to find a time that works best for me and for my family and won’t compromise my business. The next step in creating a better work schedule will be to stick to it. That’s going to be the truly hard part. I can already see into this summer… kids out of school, lazy summer days. I’ll have to fight the urge to slack off or I’ll have to rearrange the work schedule to reflect their summer vacation. The one thing I noticed from last summer is that I definitely needed some “alone time” to work. I may need to implement a “work away from home” day for myself every week.
That’s the one beautiful thing about working at home though; I get to design the schedule that will work best for me and if there comes a day when it’s not working anymore… I will be able to adjust it. Maybe it will mean taking a day off during the week, completely unplugging on the weekends (something I rarely do now), or shortening my working hours. One thing for sure, this is going to be a challenge and a goal that I will enjoy meeting.
What personal or business challenges have you set for yourself this year?