Trying to Run a Home Business with Kids at Your Feet? Here are my 4 Tips on How It’s Done.
Running a Business from Home is a great opportunity for any parent who is over the 9 to 5 or who doesn’t want to miss out on their kids’ milestones by having to put them in day care.
It all sounds so wonderful in the beginning but then you slowly realise how tricky it can be to find the time that you initially committed yourself to, to making your business successful. Little voices calling out wanting your help, little arms reaching up over the office chair wanting to be picked up or cuddled, big voices wanting your undivided attention.
This is one of the main reasons you started this business right, to create time freedom to spend with your family and not miss out on all the fun stuff. It’s becoming harder than you thought though isn’t it?
I’ve been there too (still there actually)! I have 3 kids and my 2 year old is still at home with me. She doesn’t really understand “Mummy’s working”, she doesn’t care, she just wants my attention.
So how do we manage our time around our family commitments?
These are my 4 Tips of How it’s Done:
Don’t make your daily tasks list too big. Some of us like to challenge ourselves and see how many tasks we can tick off our lists in a day, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But when unexpected things pop up, and they will when you’ve got kids (they’re sick, they’re having a ‘clingy’ day, they’re grumpy) everything can turn to poop in a milli-second. Be realistic about what you can achieve in a day, and if you get everything done, yay for you! Now you can squeeze a few more tasks in before the end of they day!
Keep Your Cool. Sometimes when things don’t go as planned, maybe your little one is having one of those ‘clingy’ days and just wants your undivided attention, don’t get frustrated or stress about what you’re not going to get done. I’ve learned to just leave my work area and sit and play or cuddle or do whatever needs to be done. Blowing your top isn’t going to achieve anything, you need to just let it go and go with the flow. Happy child, happy parent! There’s always tomorrow.
Work in Smaller Blocks. Committing yourself to a full hour of work when you have a toddler is always going to end in disaster (in my house anyway!). If your little one is happy playing for 10 minutes, then do one of your tasks, it’s doesn’t matter if you don’t complete it, just start it. 10 or 20 minutes here and there all ads up and by the end of the day you’ll probably be surprised at how much you actually get done.
Be Organised. This is my Number One tip! If you start your day not know what you’re doing you’ll waste half of it trying to get organised. Always sit down the night before and write out your Business task list and on a separate piece of paper write out your Personal/Household task list. Then prioritise your lists. Do the things on your business list first that are going to move you toward achieving your goals. And always to the hardest task first, you’ll feel so much more at ease throughout the day, trust me!
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