I’ve developed ways to balance life, while working from home. Caring for a family is a priority, so it’s a trick to stay productive with business tasks. A good work-life balance is a challenge.

Before you give up and decide that life balance is an elusive fantasy – take a look at the suggestions below. With all your responsibilities, you may wonder how you can manage your family, complete work tasks, and still have time for yourself.

Life balance is possible, even for moms that work at home! It does take more effort to create life balance, but the rewards are worth it.

 

7 Tips For Work-Life Balance

Tips for work life balance help busy moms deal with overwhelm and stress, to create a calmer, happier life.

 

1) Develop A Daily Routine

Flying by the seat of your pants won’t do you any favors, if you want to balance your work and home life. Establishing a daily routine allows you to be productive at work, yet still have time for the household.

Be sure to include time within your schedule for meals and breaks. Set a time to finish each day. That way you don’t feel the need to return to your desk in the evening or after the kids are in bed.

Your routine doesn’t have to be a rigid schedule. You don’t have to track every minute. I find it more practical to set up what needs to be accomplished and how long it should take. A loose routine like that can be very helpful.

Allow flexibility, as things do come up. We all know that life happens. You may have to care for a sick child one day, so need to postpone work until the following day. By sticking to your routine on most days, you’ll get more tasks done.

 

 2) Create Your Workspace

Set up your work area away from the rest of the house. This makes it possible to leave work even when you are a work-at-home mom. The space doesn’t need to be huge or extravagant. A small desk in the corner of your bedroom can work, as well as a separate room for your office.

Leave that area during your lunch time and breaks. Only use the designated space only for work. That way you don’t feel like you are always at the office. When you use that area solely for business, then you’ll be in a work frame of mind in that space.

 

3) Minimize Distractions

To properly balance work and home life, you need to stay productive. That doesn’t mean that you are working on something important every second. It does mean that you’re focused on what you’re doing. This includes taking time to relax and for leisure activities.

When you work, shut out any distractions. Then do the same for your family or personal time. It’s best to put work aside and enjoy other activities. You’ll feel more like working, when you do return to it.

It’s great to spend an afternoon with friends, or devote your evening to the family. Just be sure that you’ve planned for it, and you aren’t using time that was scheduled for work. You’ll end up working extra later, throwing off your life balance.

 

4) Put Your Phone Away

The cell phone may be the biggest distraction, especially for work-at-home moms. We feel the need to be connected — and that can result in poor time management and productivity. A quick check of emails can lead you down a rabbit hole of Facebook, Pinterest, a game or two…before you know it, you’ve been on your phone an hour and nothing else got done.

Let your close family and friends know your work schedule, and don’t hesitate to put your phone in another room or shut it off during work hours. If your phone must be used for work, use discipline to avoid personal uses. Shut off notifications or set it to airplane mode, so you won’t be tempted.

 

5) Ask For Help With Chores

If you’re like me, you feel the need to do it all. You have to work, tend to your family, make sure that chores are taken care of, and run errands. You want to contribute to your family income, but have responsibilities as a mother and a wife.

One person can’t do everything, so delegate chores to your partner or to your children. Even young kids can help put away laundry, clear the dinner table, or pick up their toys. And sometimes, the kids or your partner may even want to help with the business.

Ask for what you need and take advantage of the help that’s offered.

 

6) Use Time-Saving Hacks

Achieve better life balance by saving time. Scheduling a grocery delivery saves you from spending the hours driving to the supermarket and shopping.

Shop online to avoid making trips for one or two items. And pay bills online, so you aren’t running to the post office to buy stamps or to mail letters.

Your partner can pitch in and pick up dry cleaning or do other errands on the way home.

One or two nights a week, have someone else cook dinner. And be sure to meal prep each week as a time-saver. You’ll know what’s for dinner and will have the ingredients.

Take advantage of any way to lighten your load. Come up with other ways that suit you and your family. The time-saving hacks are a key to life balance.

 

7) Don’t Forget Self-Care

With all the hustle and bustle, you might tend to overlook taking care of yourself. If you are running on empty, day after day, all your activities will suffer.

Be sure to include a little me time in your weekly schedule. Self-care can be a bubble bath, a weekly pedicure, or 30 minutes of reading each day. Remember that you can take days off work for personal indulgences or extra family time.

That may seem selfish, but it isn’t. Give yourself permission to let go of the guilt. Good work-life balance must include self-care.

A woman with a child is also working, and has to balance work with family life.

 

Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is possible with the right plan and support system. It’s all about making the most of your time each day. Emergencies will happen, so don’t demand perfection of yourself. Remember that scheduling is the secret to having time for work, without giving up a fulfilling life.

 

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