A couple weeks ago I wrote a little bit on being a mom. How it’s kinda hard for me sometimes learning the big balance of this thing called life. You guys were so gracious with your encouragement and comments, I realized I wasn’t alone! So many other women feel or have felt the same thing. A lot of you also had some pretty great tips & pointers as well, which I very much appreciated!
So then I thought, instead of wallowing in my own little self pity party “life is hard, wah wah wah!” I thought I’d set out on a mission to encourage other women to fight the mom funk that is sometimes really hard to fight.
I realized, however, I don’t have all the answers. I am a new work at home momma. There are some other moms that have not only been doing it for a longer time but have some different tips. So I found a few moms who I know struggle with keeping in the balance, because we all do, and we’re giving some amazing pointers today!
My pointers today are going to be on balance personal life & work. Then I’m gonna link to all the ladies contributing so you can go to their blogs and check out their great tips too! So fun, right? Lots of resources all in one place!
It’s this elusive thing we all try to achieve everyday. I am no expert, but I have a few pointers that might help a few of you out!
1.) Set a schedule
It helps to have an idea of the way that your day is going to go. Then you can make lists and check things off and stay on task. My son goes to school from 8:30 to 1:30 (French take 2 hour lunch breaks where he comes home for lunch). I spend this time with my little guy hanging out with him. Then we have lunch together and I take Tae back to school, Eli naps and this is momma’s work time. I have to have a schedule like this otherwise it’s too easy to put on too many movies for my kids. Tell me I’m not the only one!
Alissa from Rags to Stitches wrote an amazing post on organizing her work day. SO helpful!
2.) Change out of your pajamas
It’s so hard to be motivated to complete anything when you still look like you rolled out of bed. You don’t have to get all fancy or anything, but comfy cute is perfect. It will help you feel like you can accomplish more for the day. It also helps you feel like you can tackle little extra things you didn’t expect.
3.) Do your makeup & hair
Same as number two, but the days I do my makeup I feel like I can do so much more. This also helps for number 4 & 6. Try to find at least 3 makeup looks you can do in less that 5 minutes that you just slap on in the morning. This way you know you’re not spending a ton of time on in it but you still look and feel pretty. The picture above is from my “No makeup, Makeup” look.
4.) Get out of the house
Getting out of the house, even for a quick walk around the house, can really refresh your spirits. Specially if you work at a computer all day. It is so easy to get caught up in the world of Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc, and totally lose track of time! When you plan to take a break, be refreshed, let the kids run around like crazy if you can, then when you return home you’ll be ready to conquer whatever project needs to be done!
5.) Be okay when the schedule doesn’t go exactly as planned
I don’t know about you, but it’s so hard for me when I’m working and on a roll and getting stuff done and then something happens that takes me away. Eli spills in the kitchen (a regular occurrence), I need to make my husband lunch, or I need to run to the store or something.
In fact, I was supposed to work on this post earlier than I have but instead my cousin & her husband are visiting and we decided to go to Amsterdam for the day! It put a little more stress on me later, but the day was amazing and I’m so glad I went. If I were too worked up on a schedule, I wouldn’t have been able to experience that. You’ve got to enjoy the benefits of working from home!
6.) Create Life situations
Like I mentioned in #4, it’s so easy to get caught up on the internet. Someone mentioned on my last post to set a coffee date or something similar with a friend each week. This way you have something to look forward and a guarantee out of the house outing! You don’t want to miss out on real life because you get stuck behind the computer. I struggle with this one. Sometimes it’s easy to just let your self get stuck. But if you force yourself to create those circumstances, it will help balance it all out.
The picture above cracks me up. It’s me trying to take a picture of us and Lavar saying something what “what you doing? blah blah blah.” We’re such a funny blend, it’s awesome.
7.) Shut Down
When my son comes home from school at 4:30 I shut the computer down. I make them dinner, play with them, eat together, read books, get ready for bed. I try not to check my phone or open my computer. This is a specific time with my kids and I want to enjoy it without distractions. I also want them to see that it’s okay for mommy to work and she can put it away when we need her. This goes back to #1 because if you have a schedule and you’re conquering things when you’re supposed to, you will satisfied to shut down.
Sometimes I turn the computer back on after the kids are sleeping. But sometimes I keep it off and watch a movie or play a game with my husband. It’s nice to have options!
So I hope you enjoyed my tips! What are some tips that you would add for work/life balance! Leave them in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!
Here’s the other ladies & their topics:Organizing my Business Day: Alissa from Rags to Stitches Work-space necessities: Aimee from Small Anchors Work at Home Mom Routine: Alison from Get Your Pretty On Tips for Keeping it Real: Hillary from Because My Life is Fascinating
I hope you’re able to find some great resources from the ladies above! They’re pretty amazing!