Tips for Time Management for Work-At-Home-Moms (Continued)
Tip Number Six: Take out Time for Yourself
By working at home, you have an extremely demanding schedule. Unfortunately, this can harm your physical and emotional health. What is worse is that it could also indirectly affect your children and other relationships. Thus, it is a good idea to do things that you like. Find time to exercise, go to the spa, shopping, pamper yourself, etc. In addition to this, ensure you and your family have a balanced and healthy diet.
Tip Number Seven: Plan Meal Preparation, Shopping and Other Chores
Simplify and plan well ahead what you will be cooking during the next two weeks. Involve the children and your spouse to discuss what will be cooked and when. This will enable you to limit your grocery visits, saving you valuable time. Ensure the meals are simple and healthy so that you do not have to spend too much time cooking. Keep some convenience food in the freezer for those bad days. Of course, do not make it a habit, as we all know the nutrient content of convenience foods very well. Moreover, plan your household chores similarly. You could do the washing on one day and ironing the next and reserve some time for gardening on yet another day. Start thinking assembly line and get similar tasks done together. This way you would not have to spend more than 2 hours a day on household chores. Get your kids and spouse to help you.
Tip Number Eight: Delete the Time Wasters in your Routine
Of course, you cannot delete the time wasters completely from your life as these things generate fun and satisfaction. However, you can limit them to weekends or just one day a week. This could be anything from TV, to friends calling to chat, to neighbors coming to visit, aimless Internet surfing, etc.
Tip Number Nine: Invest in a Good Timer
Make a timer your best friend and you will never regret it. The timer can be set to let your children know you are free from work and can spend time together, and vice-versa. It can also help you stay on track while you finish work tasks.
Tip Number Ten: Managing the Budget
Budget management seems to be the most stressful activity in many households. This is definitely not fun and can be frustrating. Thus, it is a good idea to set realistic goals and accordingly plan the budget. Try to stick to it. This task will require the support of your spouse.
Effectively managing a house, children and work requires can be extremely difficult for many. However, this can be turned into a rewarding experience with basic time-management, planning, prioritization and organizational skills, which are not very difficult to master.