Before I had kids, my dream was to be able to stay at home with them. It would be icing on the cake if I could do a little work and actually make some money while staying home with them.
I know there are a bunch of companies that allow you to telecommute these days, but when you have small children at home it’s next to impossible to be on a set schedule. Thats why I love direct sales so much! It allows me to make as little or as much money as I want (depending on the amount of work I put in, obviously), while also being home and present with my kids.
The hardest part of working from home with small children is time management. There are a few things I do to help myself stay productive and actually get work done, while still spending quality time with my babies.
Five tips for time management with small children
- Get up and get ready for the day.
If I get up, take a shower, and get dressed first thing in the morning, my whole day is going to be better. I pretend like I have to leave the house for my job every week day morning. I don’t know what it is, but it just starts me out on the right foot
- Drink my coffee while it is hot.
Okay, this one sounds super weird, but it really is helpful. If I sit around, play on my phone, and just sip my coffee real slow, I get in a lazy mood. If I drink it while its hot, I stay motivated and ready to get started on the day.
- Write a list.
Writing a helps keep me focused on what I need to do that day. I usually write two lists on the same piece of paper – one for work and one for home. It also helps me feel more accomplished when I can check things off my list!
- Time Block.
My kids are two and almost six. My son is old enough to somewhat understand the concept of time and can help entertain his sister during the blocks of time that I need to get something done. I try to keep things in increments of 30 minutes or less, except during my daughters nap time. Once my block of time is up for work, we will do chores together or play or go for a walk, then we will start over.
- Give yourself grace.
I think this one is definitely the most important one. You don’t have to have it all together every single day. It’s okay if you don’t get as much done as you’d like one day. It’s also okay if you have to spend a little more time working one day than you’d like.
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