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In the 6 years I’ve been a work from home mom I’ve loved every minute of it. It often feels like you have unlimited time to get everything done because there’s no real start or end time. My dress code is usually a robe with a bonnet, sweats with a loose top and let’s not forget my fuzzy socks. And what is better than being home with your children everyday, raising them, while also making a career or yourself? But can I keep it real with you, working from home does have it’s challenges. Some of the perks can bite you in the butt and it takes a while to figure out how to actually get work done on a schedule that works for your family. I’ve learned a lot, some the hard way, and I’ve got some pretty good suggestions that will help you get everything done in your week.
If your mind easily wanders (ever find yourself scrolling through instagram or twitter for at least 30 minutes before snapping back?), giving each day a structure can help you stay on track. There is always so much to do running a business, and optimizing my time is crucial. The Samsung Connect Home mesh Wi-Fi allows me to work from home efficiently by creating a powerful corner to corner Wi-Fi signal throughout my home for a fast, reliable connected network. When my kids aren’t home I work in my home office most of the time, but when my children are home I enjoy spending time with them but I still have to finish my work. The Samsung Connect Home is a Wi-Fi router that optimizes my signal and delivers a strong blanket of coverage across my entire home – aka no more dead zones where the signal just drops!
I’ll take my lap top into their bedrooms while they do their homework on the computer.
I’ll take my lap top into the living room while they watch their favorite shows.
I’ll take my lap top into in the kitchen while they have lunch.
I’ll take my lap top into the sun room or back yard while they ride their bikes and scooters.
I can also manage my Wi-Fi and control my Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry washer and dryer machines with the Connect App while working. Oh, you didn’t think about doing your laundry on a workday did you? Another great convenience of working from home. And how can I control my washer and dryer from my phone? Because the Connect Home also serves as a SmartThings hub, which means it can pair with any number of smart home appliances and products (like a Nest thermostat or my FlexWash and FlexDry duo) by using the Connect App.
Without my Wi-Fi and planning out my day I am potentially doomed to waste time on things that do not need to be addressed in that moment.
To become the true master of time, you first, have to plan ahead. You need to sit down and schedule when which days are better for you to handle certain tasks. I remember working in an office environment and because I was sitting at my desk most of the day, taking phone calls and being pulled into unscheduled meetings was the norm. That mentality translates horribly when working from home. I have set days that I schedule phone calls because some of my phone meetings can go up to 2 hours – yes, 2 hours. Imagine how this can impede on my work/home life if I take these types of calls any day and any time. I also have set days that I conduct my photo shoots and video recording sessions.
You can use my journal to help you get it all down on paper. Look at a calendar in front of you and plan for your tasks. I also take full advantage of the calendar in my phone along with the reminders app. No matter how much of a multi-tasker you think you are, you cannot do everything in one day. And just working on tasks in any order is not going to help you complete anything.
Next, you need to prioritize wisely. Order your tasks in order of importance and of course, when they are deadlined. You should find that every day of the week has become full, but you will also see how you can get everything done. And trust me, you will have more time for yourself this way too.
Regardless of what your schedule actually looks like the important thing is that you actually have a schedule put in place so that you’re not working all day or spending the whole day on social media and calling that work.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to delegate. You can’t be superwoman all the time. Any true master of time knows the importance of delegation. Whilst, you may feel like you’re better to do it yourself, you need to learn to let go.
When working form home it’s so easy to work around the clock and never take a break. I would find myself working every single day and never taking a day off. Some days I’d work all day and others just a few hours but I didn’t have a set schedule because I didn’t have to have one. There was no “office” where I had to clock in or clock out. There was my computer, phone, and powerful wifi. But I’ve learned you’ve got to take a day or two or three of four off weekly. I now plan my days off so that I have a set work week. Every week my days off change depending on family plans, work plans, and personal plans. I make sure to get all my work done during the week and then I have time to relax, unwind, spend time with my family and most importantly take care of me.
Know Your “Big Picture” Goal
Having a wider goal is important to help you remember why you’re doing all this. Whether you’re working towards a better work/life balance, being able to spend more time with your loved ones or getting the essential day-to-day things done so you can focus on a side hustle or a passion project, keeping the bigger picture in mind will help motivate you do get the small stuff done ASAP.
The bigger picture for me changes every year as I make new money moves. Initially in 2012 when I started working from home, my bigger picture was to buy a home. I smashed that in 2014.
In 2014, after buying our home, my bigger picture was to pay off our auto loans to keep more money in our pockets so we could take care of home improvements. We smashed that in 2016.
Last year my bigger picture has changed to traveling the world and teaching others how to grow their brands. I’m working hard to keep my business growing to keep my brand partnerships coming so that I can meet this new goal.