Writings of a WAHM has her first guest blogger: Certified multi-tasking maniac, Christie Crowder, is a Coach, an Author, a ChatterBox, A Work In Progress, and currently Planning a Funeral for her Fat Pants. Amidst the kids, the laundry and the endless to-dos she still some how is Inspired 2 Write (and obviously a whiz at shameless self-promo!)
Being a WAHM is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done..and the hardest. If you are a WAHM then you are probably nodding your head in agreement. You know how it is…it is really hard to separate work-work from home-work. If you are a WAHM like me with multiple entrepreneurial projects, blogs, etc., then you really know that it can be tough to maintain consistency…and your sanity! Unfortunately, there is not an exact science to the daily work/life balance. But never fear, I have a few of my own tips to share that you may find helpful.
Before you do anything, it is important to understand you individual work style. Are you a morning person or do you prefer to burn the midnight oil? What time of the day are you most productive? What time of day do you run out of steam? Do you need special lighting, a special chair or other creature comforts? Once you know what your work style is, you can craft a suitable productivity plan. I am most productive in the morning so I try to do the “heavy” priority stuff before noon and the “lighter” less important stuff after lunch. I further dissect my schedule into “days”. Since I have many irons in the fire…I (try to) assign an “iron” to a day. For example, I have “Marketing Monday” where I focus on updating social networks with announcements, writing press releases, getting in touch with potential show guests, etc. Monday is also usually my weekly scheduling day where I plan out my coaching schedule, my personal schedule, and my family schedule. Tuesdays are usually focused on blogging (reading and writing). Wednesdays are writing days…articles and manuscripts. Thursdays are for Coaching (mostly because all of my clients happened to pick that day) and Fridays are kind of a free for all…catching up on anything that fell by the wayside. Now mind you, life happens…it does not always go this perfectly but having a blueprint or a foundation…or even just an idea for what I want to accomplish really helps.
The greatest thing about being a WAHM is there are no rules…you make them up as you go along. Sure, we all have taken and given some advice about how to do it successfully, but in the end it’s best to do what is best for you!