When I had my daughter, I went from working two jobs to becoming a stay at home mom. Now, a little over two years later, I am making the transition from a stay at home mom to a work at home mom. For some reason, this terrifies me! My main concern is time management. It’s not as if this attribute is a weakness; quite the contrary. When I worked outside the home I used several time management techniques. As an educator, time management goes hand in hand with classroom management. I used techniques daily to keep my classroom running smoothly, and yet, here I am completely panicked.
Why am I so scared? What is it about becoming a WAHM that has me so worried? After talking with my husband, I realized my true concern: making sure that I am present for my daughter. Being home with my daughter is a blessing, and it’s important that I am giving her my full attention. I don’t want to be so consumed with my work that I am paying more attention to my computer than her. This has kept me up many nights worrying. My thoughts are always the same: Can I do this? Will I be able to balance and manage my time well?
Honestly, I am not sure. How do I build a successful business (or businesses in my case), without having them become too busy? Yes, I said too busy. Of course I want to be successful, but it has to be limited. Before I even began this transition, my husband and I discussed the end result, which is being able to work without taking our daughter to daycare. In my opinion, this goal is very ambitious. Not because it hasn’t been done, but because I am trying to launch two businesses simultaneously. I have spent countless hours searching and reading articles which apply to WAHMs. Reading true accounts from real woman who work from home while remaining present for their children has made me feel hopeful. My main goal is to create a balance between quality family time, work, and sleep.
So here are a few techniques I plan to implement as I make this transition:
1. Buy a planner
2. Block Scheduling
3. Use a timer
4. Set limits on how much I work
I purchased a simple planner for 88 cents from Wal-Mart. It works perfectly for everything I need. In fact, I have it pretty well filled with all my notes.
Block Scheduling is a technique I have read a lot about in reference to owning your own business. People use block scheduling to layout their tasks for the week in terms of days and hours. For example, responding to emails could be set for Mon., Wen., Fri., from 1-2pm. I plan to sit down in the coming weeks and list my daily tasks in order to implement this technique. I feel that block scheduling will give me the balance I truly desire between SAHM and WAHM.
Using a timer is one technique I am very familiar with. I used this daily in the running of my classroom. Setting a timer will keep me focused on the task at hand. Sometimes I tend to get distracted from my original goal, so this will keep me on point.
Setting limits on how much I work is probably the most important technique. I am currently in the beginning stages of deciding how often I should work. Its important I still have time to focus on my family and daily tasks in the house. I plan to start slowly at first, figuring out the right balance for myself.
My hope is by implementing these techniques I will find that perfect life balance. I am excited to start working again, but I want to make sure I don’t become overwhelmed. Are you a WAHM? Do you feel you have achieved the perfect balance in your life? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts!