Let’s face it being a work at home mom is a blessing, but it can sometimes feel like a curse. Someday’s go wonderful as planned, and other days you probably want to pull your hair out. Although it does offer many benefits, like freedom, the ability to to set your own work schedule, and being your own boss, there are still plenty of challenges that come with the role.
Working with many moms who run home based businesses, there seems to be a trend in the challenges we all face. Today we share most common challenges WAHMS struggle with and how to overcome them.
1. Multi-tasking Multiple Responsibilities, with Limited Time
If there is one thing all mothers are great at it is the art of multi-tasking. Between cooking, cleaning, nurturing, and building our business how can we not be multiple places at once. As great as you are at it, it could be killing your productivity. Numerous studies have shown that multi-tasking significantly decreases our ability to perform tasks. There’s a natural “lag time” in the human brain when we keep asking it to switch back and forth between multiple tasks. And while these may be only fractions of seconds, eventually all those tiny fractions add up.
Ask for help. If you have a significant other, sit down with them and collaborate on how they can help out more. Get your children involved in handling the chores. It’s also important to invest in outside assistance sooner then later. Hiring outside help is sometimes hard for people to do because money can be tight, but a good question to ask is how much money am I losing by doing this work myself? If you allow yourself to let go of some of the work load and make help a necessity, you will start to have more time each day.
2. Eliminating Distractions
When you work from home there can be a lot of distractions. It’s hard not to notice the laundry that needs to be done or the dishes that need to be washed. Literally anything and everything can become a distraction.
Employ yourself. If you had a job you would be expected to complete certain tasks, and consistently follow a set routine. Do the same for yourself. Schedule yourself to work each day, and create a prioritized to do list. At the top of your list place the income producing activities first, followed by any other projects you need to completed. Next assign each priority A,B,C, etc. 80% of your time should go to working on priority A and B. 20% of your time to C or lower. Doing this will help you focus on completing the important tasks, that we can sometimes tend to avoid.
3. Making Time for Yourself
Most mom’s I know have this problem. They wake up early, stay up late finishing up all of their responsibilities. Sometimes we can give do much for everyone around us, but we forget to take time for ourselves.
Solution: As important as it is to schedule your business hours and stick to them, it’s just as important to schedule time for yourself to relax. As you establish a work schedule make sure to include non-negotiable time for yourself. It’s not selfish to take care of you, its necessary. A lot of times as moms we ask how we can raise happier children, when the truth is happy children come from happy mamas, so put yourself first.
4. Balancing Time Between Work and Family Life
Balancing work and family is the number one challenge for the mom’s that we work with. Many moms feel guilty working while there children are home, because they feel like they are ignoring them. The big struggle that WAHMS face is finding the balance of getting their work done and not feeling guilty for it.
The same way we suggested scheduling work hours, and time for yourself , it’s just as important to schedule family time too. Create a schedule that allows you to have time with your children. Create an area for your children, with lots of items to keep them interested and occupied. A great book for this is called the Giant Book of Creative Activity for Kids. This book has saved me. Each week plan a few activities for your kids, most of these activities will keep them busy and having fun for hours. Enroll the family in the activities, and when your with your family be with your family. Create a rule for yourself that when your work time is up, you stop working until your next scheduled work time. Working moms get to leave work at work, the same philosophy should apply for work at home moms too.
Building a network marketing business is not a business that takes 24 hours a day. Its all about time management, if you focus on finding a few hours a day, and focus on income producing activities, you will have plenty of time to spend time with your family, and build a business. Relax, take a deep breathe, and never forget why you signed up for this. Sometimes we can get lost in the noise. You got this.
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