“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” -Peter F. Drucker
Do you feel that you are juggling multiple roles in your life? Well, balancing work and home can definitely get more challenging for every work at home mom. So, what’s the recipe for increasing productivity at home?
Here are five tips that can help you become productive at home, avoid procrastination, reduce stress and also have your “me time!”
Best Time for Different Activities
- When your kids are playing in the morning or having breakfast, it is probably a good time to check your emails, Facebook, Whatsapp, social media, blogs, or even cook.
- In the afternoon, when they are napping, you can probably get some time for yourself to take a well-deserved 30-minute nap or read a book. This is also a good time to respond to any important phone calls or emails.
- In the evening when the kids are playing or finishing their home work, you could do the cooking, household activities; like cleaning the kitchen, laundry etc.
- And, night time can be most productive, where you can actually do all the important tasks that need your complete attention. For e.g. reading, surfing the net, researching etc.
Separate Work Space from Family Space
This may look impossible in the beginning, but it is actually quite a useful trick in bringing a radical change in your work from home lifestyle. Do not keep your computer in the kitchen or dining table where you think you can manage your work and the housework at the same time. Separate your workspace from living area. Try to keep a separate space for your work in one corner of the house so that when you go there, you are away from your house activities and can spend quality work time. Similarly, when you come to the main living area, you are not thinking of work at all.
Always keep a To-Do List
Use a diary which has time mentioned in every page. Now keep your daily tasks time-wise so that you don't miss out on anything. Also, mention any other reminders for the week on that date or for the next month. You can also create your own deadlines and mark them in your calendar to ensure you don’t forget them. At the same time, be flexible. There will be times when your kids are a priority against your work and you might have to make a choice. Remember, it is completely all right if that happens and don’t get worked up if something is not crossed in your list!
Let your Kids Be!
It is important that you spend time with your children, but it is equally important that your kids also get their own space to play by themselves. This helps in creating a sense of independence in children. You don’t really need to be with them all the time. When you need to do something important without any disturbance, probably give them a cartoon film to watch, or give them something creative activity to do that can engage them for some time.
Manage your mobile phone
In today’s world, a mobile phone can be a blessing as well as a menace, especially if you have a strict schedule. It may be a good idea for you to turn off any notifications on your phone which might distract your attention while you are working or continuing with your daily tasks. You can check these messages either in the morning when the kids are asleep, or even in the afternoon when kids are napping.
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Remember - “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln