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Things I know about working from home

The last 2 weeks have been a huge challenge in terms of work because my mom has been here – it was hard to balance work and spending time with her because I was here all day.

What I have learnt about working from home so far….

  • You MUST have a separate space – you can’t work from your room or the dining room table. You need a dedicated space that is considered the “office”.
  • Boundaries need to be established with family (the ones you live with) – they need to understand that even though you are at home you are working and can’t just fetch, drop, make, bake, check.
  • Plan the day – there will be chores that need to be done so plan the day and set time for work and time for personal and stick to it!
  • Organise organise organise. Everything just works better if you have meals planned, kids appointments and sports all in one place so you can see them.
  • Having a new baby at home when you are trying to work is HARD – even with full time help. It is almost impossible to work while your baby cries – even if it’s while he is being put down or waiting for a bottle – it’s hard!
  • You need to get out and have lunch/coffee with friends at least once a month – even if you do have adult interaction in the work you do – this is really important.

What do you know this week? Join in here.

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10 Comments

  1. 14 October, 2011 / 10:51 am

    Oh I know – I worked at home after all my babies were born and it was really tough. Well done on planning so well

  2. 14 October, 2011 / 11:28 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this ! There are some great tips on how to be an organised WAHM. I am ending the week dishevelled. But this post has helped me see some positive light ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 14 October, 2011 / 11:33 am

    Great tips ! After the crazy WAHM week I had, I’m going to hang on to these and get myself a little more organised for next week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 14 October, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    with that I reckon you need to get out at least twice weekly!! good luck, that is hard work there.

  5. 14 October, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Great tips for being a WAHM. What do I know this week? Telkom sucks and customer service in South Africa is just terrible! I honestly don’t think we’ve had it this bad.

  6. 15 October, 2011 / 6:26 am

    I take my hat off to you WAHMs. Big juggling act for sure

  7. 15 October, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    What! you need to go out at least once a week ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are doing a fantastic job!!!

  8. 16 October, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I had to focus on maintaining proper “office hours” instead of working all night. Even though I was working from home, I didn’t want to be working when my hubby and son got home. Working all night was one of the reasons I had opted to work from home in the first place!

  9. 17 October, 2011 / 10:42 am

    It is hard. But as you saying, having your own ‘space’ makes it much easier. And you do need to set boundaries. I struggle with this, especially when it comes to editing photos or making cake decorations. I continue into the night when I should be spending time with my family. Not cool.

    But i think in the grand scheme of things it sounds like you are doing a great job!

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