work-at-home into the family setting
how you can
As a WAHM you will obviously
need a place to work. Whether it’s a corner
of the bedroom, a space in the kitchen, or a
designated room in your home it doesn’t
matter. The main thing is that you need a
designated space where you can work and the
family knows that it’s off limits and when
you are in your space they know you are
working. Clearly define the guideline for
your new office. If the computer is key to
your home business then you need to restrict
who can use the computer. You can not afford
to have your computer crash.
Once you have decided on a
designation work space organizing your work
space should be your next step. Getting
organized will help you to be more
productive and lower stress levels.
Start a shopping list that
will save you time. Just like a grocery list
you can jot down things that you are running
low on and will need to purchase. Save
yourself multiple trips to the office supply
store by keeping that shopping list handy.
Treat your home office just
like a corporate office and decorate your
space. Use motivational picture or art that
is all about you. If you are working on the
kitchen table try a vase of flowers. You’ll
be surprised at how that helps to lift your
Keep a calendar and go into
each day with a plan and an organized list
of tasks that you need to complete each day.
Then be sure to use the list and stick to
the tasks. It will help you to recognize
your accomplishments at the end of each day.
Balance your work and family
by managing your family and social calendar.
Take time each week to inventory upcoming
events and the family “to do” list. Build
your family and events into your personal
calendar. Have a second family calendar
posted in a central location like the
refrigerator where everyone can stay
informed on what is going on each day.
Plan your date nights and
family outings just like you would any other
appointment. This places a priority on the
time with your family and assures that you
keep balance in your family life. Remember
that when you work at home you can’t go to
the office to get away from the ciaos.
Creating organization, structure, and
getting organized will help to prevent
confusion and family conflict.
I like the dreams of the future better than
the history of the past.