How Work-at-Home Moms Can Better Manage Their Time
Have even more time for family.
CREATED WITH THE ARTON BY ROCKWELL
It's a common misconception that work-at-home moms have it easy. But in reality, nothing is more challenging than balancing mommy duties and contributing to the family income.
Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed. One of the great things about being a work-at-home mom is that you have control over your time. The key is to stay organized. You can either make a list of your tasks for the day or create a realistic schedule that you can stick to. When you have a routine, you won't feel like you're forgetting anything.
Here are a couple more tips to help you master the balancing act of being a work-at-home mom:
You're a wonderful mom, but you do not have the power to be in several places at the same time. Don't spread yourself too thin. Understand that you cannot accomplish everything in one day. Instead of trying to finish all your tasks in one go, spread them out. Make a list of important tasks and urgent ones. Make a grid like the one below—categorizing them like this will help you make sure you don't miss anything.
Work when you are most productive.
You can find your most productive work times and patterns just by paying closer attention to your daily habits, as well as your energy and focus levels. Be mindful of when you're feeling most alert and attentive—choose that time to do some work.
Your working hours can also depend on your child's feeding schedule, what time he wakes up, and when he's most active. Find that time of day when you are free from distractions. For some moms, it's the wee hours of the morning (or night!); for others, it's their kid's nap time. Take that window of opportunity and use it well.
Need a boost of energy to get you through your tasks? Make it a habit to eat breakfast with a combination of protein and fiber. Try doing moderate cardio exercises, too, like brisk walking.
Once you've established the best time for you to work, create realistic boundaries around it. Turn off phone notifications when it's not time for you to work so you can focus on other things like cleaning the house, playing with your kids, or preparing the family meal.
There are several mobile applications like Remember the Milk, Evernote, and Wunderlist that can help you organize your day—from ones that will alert you when you have something due, to ones that will let you see what you've already accomplished and what you still need to do.
Try not to multitask.
Doing several things at the same time sounds like a great idea, but it will leave you feeling drained. Line up your tasks one after the other instead of doing two to three things at the same time so you can be more productive.
Take a break!
Don't feel guilty about taking a breather—your mind actually needs it. Take 30-minute breaks every time you work for four hours. It will help you regain focus and perspective so you feel refreshed and ready to take on your tasks again. Did you know that taking microbreaks can actually increase your productivity by 30%?
It also helps if you have a work area that doubles as a rest space, too. Since you're working from home, find a little nook where you can have some quiet time, with coffee or tea, to refresh your mind. If you live in a property like The Arton by Rockwell, you'll find it easier to work thanks to its quiet co-working spaces where you can finish up on reports without any distractions.
The Arton by Rockwell also boasts of resort-like amenities. It has 80% open space dedicated to amenities and greenery. When the kids are asleep, squeeze in some time to lounge in the pool or let off steam at the gym. Don't feel guilty about it. When you take care of yourself, you can take care of your family better.
However you go about your day as a work-at-home mom, know that it's absolutely okay to pause and take a break. That's why it's also important that you invest in a property that has amenities that can help you work and also play. When you live in a home close to the city's major destinations, with facilities that allow you to care for your family and work at the same time, your life as a work-from-home mom will be a lot easier.
Learn more about the features, location, and amenities at the Arton by Rockwell here.
This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with The Arton by Rockwell.