By Caroline Pigott
I’ve learned there’s working from home, and then there’s working from home with kids. I wasn’t yet a mom when I began working for myself. I had no distractions and no time restraints – not counting client deadlines, of course. Fast-forward five years and two kids later and my work-at-home life had to change. The big chunk of time I used to dedicate to my business had to be segmented to accommodate my new life – a life that doesn’t recognize what it means to work “9-5.”
We hear the word “juggle” a lot when it comes to work-life balance, but my years working from home with kids has made me realize that the word “balance” makes the most sense.
It’s not easy to focus on work and the kids simultaneously. You might be called to fix a broken toy when you’re on the phone with a client. Or you might feel guilty about being on your computer while your baby coos in her crib. If you’re not prepared, working at home with kids won’t feel like the lifestyle you dreamed about when you worked in an office. But if you acclimate your work to your home life, you will feel a lot more relaxed and a lot more ready to welcome success both professionally and personally.
So, how can you create a more balanced work-home life? I aptly named my daily routine the “slow and steady strategy” and I know it will make sense to you, too.
Keep these four different words in mind each and every day: (more…)
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