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7 Productivity Tips for Work-at-Home Moms

Most people think it’s impossible to get anything work-related done when you’re at home, especially with kids around and when the flexible work schedule just tempts you to push back your work further along the day until you never get it done. But it’s not really impossible. With these few tips, you can cross out things in your work list in no time and still keep the chaos as far away from home as you possible.
Create and stay with your schedule. Yes, flexible work schedule is a very favorable thing but it can also be your destruction. If you don’t stick to the plan you originally made and keep on moving everything from one time slot to the other, you will enter a world of chaos. You will miss things that you’re supposed to accomplish today and spend more time on things that doesn’t require much effort. At the end of the day, you only got a few things done in so much time.
Focus. If you have your corporate hat on, don’t do mom/sister/friend stuff. It’s one thing to feed your child and put them to sleep for nap time but it’s another to play with them. Let’s face it, moms enjoy playing with their child and before they know it, 3 hours had passed. Maybe your child can watch that movie alone while you work someplace near where you can still see them. Even Facebook chats and personal calls; maybe you can reply or take them later.
Childcare. If at times you get overwhelmed by everything going on or your child is growing up and can’t be distracted by a movie anymore but still too young to be at school, you can hire a babysitter or a nanny. It can be just for the hours that you scheduled yourself to work. It really helps.
You can’t do everything. If you’re an active parent in your child’s school or you’re a part of your community committee and it makes your schedule too tight, you’ve got to learn how to let go. You can’t do all these things.
Sleep. As mentioned above, you can’t do all these things and you cannot and should not compromise your sleep just for everything to work out. Sleep renews your strength not just physically but also mentally. It allows you to have a sound mind so you can think things through. People snap mostly due to stress and stress is most likely developed from lack of sleep. So rest at night and get the necessary hours because it will only do you good.
Plan at the start of the week. List down the things that you have to accomplish throughout the week then start to plot them by day. Identify the priorities. It’s recommended that you do this with your spouse or anyone who can help you accomplish these goals so the whole household will move in harmony. Plus, this will help you set the mood for the whole week. If you know where you’re going, you will definitely have a smooth journey.
Be social. Having friends is not a crime, not for you, not for anyone. Even if you chose to work from home so you could be with your family, you will still need friends. Girl friends to exchange stories, conflicts and solutions with. Even if your best friend is your husband, having people who go through the same thing as you, understands you and will stand with you is always a good thing. You’ll learn from each other.

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