Work Life Balance Without Having Super Powers

For moms who work from home, balancing the work-life sides of their lives can feel downright impossible.  Especially when the reason they began working from home was so they could spend more time with family.

However, many home businesses actually fail because moms don’t manage to balance home and business life. How can you juggle your family’s needs, your business needs and occasionally find some time for your needs without being a superhero?

I am going to attempt to tell you but realize, how hard it is upfront.

Get the Family Involved

The first thing any mom should do to achieve balance is to get the family involved early. If your children and husband support you, you will find that they interrupt less often and are more likely to pitch in to get household chores done.

You’re probably thinking that will happen the day the moon turns to blue cheese, right? However, if you mention that you need to get a major project done and will be able to buy a pizza and rent a video when you are paid, you may be surprised at how quickly everyone pitches in to help out.

If you have young children, they may not be able to understand the concept of waiting for a reward. To get your younger children involved, try explaining what you are doing in very simple terms and having them help you. Set up a small desk or table for your toddlers and add crayons and paper so they can help you with your work by drawing some pictures or writing a letter.

Children that are a bit older can put stamps on envelopes and seal them, paperclip papers together or do other simple organizational tasks.

Family and Friends vs Home and Business

Of course, no matter how supportive your family and friends are, they are not going to be happy if you work 15 hours a day. Make sure that you ask for uninterrupted time to do your job or run your business.  But, also make sure that you schedule time for your family and friends. While you are making up that schedule, don’t forget your significant other.

If you sit at your computer all evening after the children are tucked away for the night, you may end up with some serious relationship issues!

Once your family and friends are involved and you’ve scheduled time for them in your life, it is time to consider a few ways to make the most of your valuable work time.

While you may be tempted to work non-stop during the time you have dedicated to your business, you should actually try to take some breaks. Taking a half-hour walk or having lunch away from your desk can really help you recharge your mind and keeps your body from growing stiff and tired.

Try using the Pomodoro Technique, I have found great results.  Add the building blocks of exercise and meditation and you have a force.

When you sit back down, do so with a clearer head.  Have a view of your goals and fresh energy and focus.

Make a “To Do” List

We know men hate the old Honey Do Lists, but this is not that.  I have to tell you to not be afraid to make a “to do” list for your business. Get the bad connotations od the to-do list out of your head.  This is going to make you more organized.

Write the four or five items you absolutely must do on your list.  Promise yourself that you will get them done before you visit your favorite forums or check your email.

I strongly suggest you take the steps to make this work.  Clear your desk of all distractions, use the Pomodoro Technique, create a realistic to-do list with estimated times of completion.  I do it with a friend so that I have the help and support.

This can really help you get more work accomplished in less time.

In the End, Have it All

Although it’s questionable whether you have super powers, you still have Mom powers.  And Mom powers Rock! 

You can have a home life, a business life and some time for yourself.  Don’t forget to take those breaks.  You don’t want to burn out.

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath.  Then ask your family for some help.  Try out a few of these great ideas for balancing your life.

Check out my blog at TheCompleteMama.  I take on the tough parts of my life as a stepmom and life with some Sass.

Let me know what you think and if any of this is helpful.  I love to hear about successes and failures because they help us learn.