Being a work at home mom of six I find balancing my time to be one of the hardest things to grasp. One thing I’m never is bored. I don’t think I’ve been bored since before I had children.
My time is taken up with taking care of my large family – 6 kids – 1 husband - 3 dogs and 4 cats. Plus I work at home while I homeschool one of our children. During the day I do homeschool with our 13 year old daughter, preschool with our 4 year old and watch after our 2 year old. Plus “keep house” all while working at my computer business.
Because I work at home, I think it makes the time factor more difficult. It’s more expected that the household duties are taken care of during the day along with everything else. So managing the time is a must.
The best way to handle it is to set a schedule. Even though working at home and home schooling is suppose to offer the freedom of not adhering to a schedule. I find though that if I don’t, nothing gets done.
A schedule is a must. Here’s how I do it:
- Set a definite wake up time. Stick to it every day.
- Plan the day – allow time to do the things that absolutely need to be done. Set goals for work, homeschool assignments, etc.
- Stick to it!
The luxury of working from home means that if something comes up that needs my attention (such as a doctor appointment, etc) then I can easily tend to it. But the discipline comes in keeping the schedule. If I set small goals, then they are easier to keep.
Enlist the help of other household members. Older children can help with chores, even the smaller ones can have some duties. It teaches them how to tend house and helps them to understand that it doesn’t magically clean itself. Maybe it will even give them a sense of pride in helping out the family. At the very least they will grow up knowing how to take care of themselves and that’s what matters!