Working from home – most of us absolutely love it – but it can be challenging. I enjoyed all the great feedback I got from work at home women on how to manage distractions and interruptions in last week’s blog post.
Here are a couple other challenges we face when we work from home…
Challenge – Feeling like you’re not getting your great ideas accomplished and the business isn’t moving forward.
• First thing in the morning take a few minutes to picture what you want to create for the day. Envision your success. Write it down in your journal.
• Limit yourself to three top priorities to accomplish today. For example your day might include scheduling appointments, spending quality time with each child and exercising for one hour. This way it’s easier to see your results.
• Create a list of “non-negotiables” and stick to it. This can include personal, professional and mom-related things. For example, schedule your son’s soccer game as if it were a business appointment.
• Schedule out a week at a time. It’s not what you do in any one day, but over the course of a week that counts. This allows you flexibility to be a mom when you need to be and then get back on track with business the next day. By the end of the week you’ll get to everything that really needs to be done.
Challenge – Feeling like you’ve lost your inspiration, are overwhelmed and ready to give up.
• Make a personal connection time every day. It’s easy to get isolated, but when you truly connect with someone (on the phone or in person), that will add richness to your life and make your business a lot more fun and successful.
• Have a support system you can count on. This could be your mate, friend, mentor, or coach that you can use as a sounding board. And fellow Metromoms who have gone through the same feelings can especially give you the support and encouragement that you need.
Please share any suggestions you have on how to stay inspired instead of overwhelmed.
There are ups and downs to working from home. I know personally, I wouldn’t trade a hectic day working at home for my old corporate life. Being mindful of the benefits and sharing our challenges (and our solutions) with each other enriches our lives and gives us the motivation to continue making our unique brand of brilliance available for others while we work from home (on our own terms).
Kim DeYoung is the original Metromom—a motivated mom entrepreneur committed to her family, her career and achieving success on her own terms. Also known as the “Get It Done Girl”, Kim is the dynamic and creative force behind Metromom.com, the “get it done” resource for the busy mom entrepreneur, providing solutions on marketing, money, mindset and motherhood. – www.MetromomBlog.com