Working properly from home, has taken some adjustment on my part.
Doing the Pamper Parties didn’t really take up much time and I could do it from anywhere but now I actually have to sit down, research and focus. It would be pretty easy actually if I didn’t have Emma. As you all know Emma isn’t really a napper, although this seems to be improving and she is perfectly happy as long as someone is playing with her all the time.
I actually started working the week we were in Cape Town, so I had my mom helping out with Emma but it was still a challenge. Being back home, on my own with her made working in the morning virtually impossible. I would get a bit done but I found it very stressful. Which is what prompted us to get in help more than one day a week. Now that I have Jane it is much easier but it is still not as simple as hand the baby over and work away.
Cassey asked the other day if we had any tips for her because she has also just started working from home. (Isn’t it so awesome that moms are now able to find flexible positions like this?). The common consensus was “you need help” BUT that said I am sure Cassey will be able to pull it off, her little Keiden is a super chilled little man.
That aside though, there are a few things I have figured out along the way.
ROUTINE! Routine is probably the single most important thing to make working from home work. Jane and I are slowly getting Emma into some sort of routine now, so that both of us can get stuff done.
You have to be organised. Uninterrupted time is limited when you are working from home so you have to make the most of it. Get your things organised. You can’t spend 20 minutes trying to find a pen or figure out where you saved the last draft.
Have a REALISTIC plan. You need to have a very clear idea of what you need to achieve that day. Some days I don’t get work in, then some days I get a lot in. So I have a weekly target and then that breaks down into a daily target. Even with Jane here I can, realistically, only work until 13h30 when I have to either fetch kids or they get dropped off. She is only here three days a week, so I dedicate those two days to work and the other two is when I work on BlogShareConnect, my blog and other non-work related stuff. Setting an unrealistic set of goals will only create more pressure.
Have a dedicated work space. I was, some nights, working from bed after the kids have gone to sleep. I don’t enjoy this at all. I hate a TV in bedrooms for the same reason, bedrooms are for decompressing and relaxing. So I have stopped doing that. My laptop stays on my desk and that’s that.
Shut out the noise. This one is still hard for me but I do try to shut off Emma’s talking, the beeping washing machine, Facebook, twitter and focus on what I need to get done. Obviously the days I manage to shut it out, I get the most done, so I am doing it more and more now.
While it is a challenge and some days are just total disasters and nothing gets done but if you are given the opportunity to work from home, take it! You will figure it out!
There are some more tips over here!
If you work from home what tips do you have?