moms enjoy a paycheck and a more flexible schedule. But there's nothing
enjoyable about an office that's equal parts play dough and presentations.
Work-at-home moms looking to organize their work life at home should look no
further. We've got tips to make you the CEO of your home office.
Establish a Dedicated Workspace. Don't make your
kitchen table your home office. Find a quiet area of the home for your office
(preferably with a door) and let kids know that a closed door means
do-not-disturb. Establish a hands-off policy for work supplies in this area to
prevent computer paper from becoming art projects or the lap top from being
commandeered for video games.
Rules Made by Mom Are Made to be Broken
(But Only By Mom):
A caveat to the "dedicated workspace" rule of thumb is that sometimes work
needs to be done while kids are supervised (in the basement/backyard/frontyard,
etc.) Set up a portable office for just these occasions. Be sure to have a wireless
ready lap top, using either a wireless card or a router in the house. Keep a
file tote/box that has your office basics (pen/paper/etc.) and be sure to have
a cordless phone with a headset.
Set Work Hours. By establishing
set work hours, you can signal to your family the times when you are not
accessible. Setting up a framework of regular work hours and sticking to it as
best as possible will both decrease stress and allow you to carve out protected
family time. Try not to fall into the trap of always "on" for work just because
you are always home.
Nanny 911: Have a stable of
babysitting options on speed-dial. Working from home doesn't mean you can work
while the kids scamper about or while you drive carpool. School-aged children
require babysitting after 3pm and the nursery school set needs constant
supervision; be sure to outsource that task to paid help so you can concentrate
on work. In a pinch? Call in a favor from a work-at-home-mom friend. What goes
around, comes around.
Open in Case of Emergencies: When all childcare
options fail and there is a pressing deadline or a conference call that can't
be missed (or muted) break open the emergency box of treats. Stock it with
inexpensive items such as sticker books, new crayons, a matchbox car, and even,
gasp!, lollipops. We did say it was for emergencies.
more ideas for making the juggle work? We assembled some useful resources for
working parents in our posts earlier this week: The Thank You
For Being a Working Mom's Toolkit and Social
Moms: Best New Media Tools for Busy Moms. Think of it as an early Mother's
by Carly Fadako
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