Have you taken the big step and started a business where you can work from home?
Here are 5 tips that would help you maintain sanity as a work at home mum in your first year.
Spending time with kids
When you started your home business, you might have had the common misconception i.e. you can spend more time with your kids. Often, it ends up being the opposite. There is so much to do in the business in the early days and you are bound to have days you suffer from mommy guilt. This is quite normal. The best way to cope with this is to allocate some quality time for kids in your schedule.
It can be just for 30 minutes in a day, but that should be a time where you switch off your business brain. Avoid any devices and be present for them. Make this a daily ritual. This would make a big difference to little minds.
If you have a website up and running, don’t expect people to come and buy from you right away. It takes time for the cold audience to warm up to you to make a purchase. The first year of business is all about being patient and learning how to run a business. So, if you feel burnt out that is quite normal. One way to measure business success is to measure the progress than revenue. Persistency is a most successful business trait and will help you handle hard times with ease.
Working when kids are home
Depending on the age of the kids, this might be impossible or really hard. Kids have a very low attention span and you are not going to get any major work done in your business while they are at home. The younger they are, the harder it is. Try to schedule their time around your work. Allocate some tasks depending on their age and try to get some small tasks done while having them around. To give you an idea, instead of working on a new design, I try to send a quick email or attend a 5-minute phone call with them around. It helps me maintain my sanity.
You don’t have to allocate a dedicated time for most of the household chores. Get your kids involved whenever possible. For example, most kids from age 2 can help with sorting the laundry. You can fold clothing, do some pre-preparation for your cooking while reading a book with them. This would give them a sense of comfort for you both. Try to cook recipes with fewer ingredients. This is going to reduce your cooking time and also in most cases will be healthy and delicious. We rarely eat outside at our household, because most of my recipes can be cooked in less than 20 minutes.
Create a list
Most people would suggest you create a to-do list. Can’t tell you how important this is especially when you want to break down your tasks into measurable achievements.
At the end of the day, looking at the completed tasks list will give you a sense of accomplishment and a positive vibe before going to bed.
Punitha Anandam has left her corporate job in 2016 to spend more time with her kids and pursue her passion NIOVI, an organic and ethical children’s wear brand with a social cause. A sustainable lifestyle lover, she enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.