We all have been there.
Whether it is remote work or a simple work-at-home job or an online business, the super balancing act of working from home is something we all have to do every day.
Remote work can give you many perks like flexibility, having your own schedule, working around your family, etc. But the thing no one talks about is the most difficult part – managing work and family.
My choice to work from home was of course majorly influenced by my wish to work around family with utmost flexibility. But soon I understood it was a walk on the tightrope to successfully manage everything. I struggled initially but eventually developed a strategic plan to beat the overwhelm.
The struggle is real. And there might be many reasons for you not getting better at this.
Today, I will share some of the hurdles and how I tackled them. I hope you find this helpful in your work-at-home set up.
Find Your ‘Why’
Everyone has a reason for choosing remote work or a home business.
Why do you work from home?
Find that ‘why’ and it will fuel daily work. My ‘why’ has always been my family and my belief in flexible work options. This keeps me motivated every day and inspires me to achieve bigger targets in my business.
The sole reason behind the choice you make can be the driving force for you to balance your work-at-home career with ease.
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You Cannot Do Everything
I realized this very soon. With two kids at home, a work-at-home job and an online business, it was evident that I cannot do everything. I slowly learned that I have some limitations and it is OK to take things easy.
Running a business is not an easy task while doing a job, but if you have realistic targets, then every day starts becoming easier. Having the right mindset is the biggest part when working from home to get most out of your job and manage the family.
Tackle The Overwhelm
Do you know what is the most challenging part when you start an online business or work remotely?
I get many emails from my readers about how overwhelming it is to manage work-at-home jobs. I hear you.
But it does not have to be like that. Being organized can solve your overwhelm to a larger extent. You don’t need to do everything at the same time. Prioritize your tasks, whether it is the business or family. After all, your sanity is the most important factor for your success.
Take Help When Needed
I am guilty of this. I am the ‘do-all-myself’ person. But believe me, there is no glory in this. Taking help can take the load off from you and in turn, can make you more productive. No one is a pro in everything, and outsourcing the tasks can give you a chance to focus on better issues of business or work.
You can take help of so many useful tools out there. Also, you can outsource many of your tasks to Virtual Assistants. This helps in freeing up yourself to spend time with your family. In the end, it’s all about helping each other.
One Step At A Time
If your motive to work from home is just extra income, then it might not get very hectic. But if you are thinking of making a solid career out of your remote work then you need to take a step back and plan.
There is a way to simplify this, just take one step at a time. Breakdown your work commitments into small chunks to fit into your day. This method can have two advantages for you; firstly, you will be more focused on your work and second, you can fit your family tasks in the breaks.
Do you know why Google has sleep pods? To energize their employees, give them a short break and bring out the best in their work. Taking time off is vital for anyone, more so for someone who works from home.
Working from home or having a business online does not mean you have to work 24/7. I know it is easy to slip into ‘Not 9 to 5, but 24/7’ slogan. But sometimes you need to switch off. It is necessary for you, your family and your work. For example, I always take some time off from work and business when it’s school holidays. Though I was reluctant to do this, to my surprise, I have been more productive and focused at my work after the break.
Enjoy What You Do
This is something that I firmly believe. If you don’t enjoy what you do, then whether you working from home or at a desk job, it eventually will not work out. I love blogging and eventually because of my passion and hard work; it is giving me great results. If your work is your passion, then it can be more enjoyable when you work from home because you work around your family.
Working from home can have it’s pros and cons. Focus on these tips and you might find it more enjoyable to work from home and be around your family.
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Very Interesting Read !
Thank you! Glad you liked the post:-)
As a single mom and working from home has helped me not only to focus on work but also looking out for my kids and home. Anyways, love your post! And of course, it’s all about enjoying what you do. 🙂
Thanks! Working from Home has so many benefits and one of the biggest is taking care of the family. At the end of the day you have to love what you do:-)
So true, there is some of sort of guilt that takes over when you take time off and not follow the 24/7 slogan, eventually to realize that infact has a negative impact