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Since becoming a mother, being able to work from home has been a dream for me. It’s not without its battles, in fact letting go of achieving the perfect balance has been a relief for me. In the early years, I wasn’t great at the juggle, and never felt like I could accomplish anything. However  in the last two years, I have learned a thing or two about how to better time manage while working for myself.

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I started freelance writing right out of college. It went from being a hobby, to a side hustle, and now to something that brings me joy and a little money that I feel pretty great about. More recently I have been writing as a way to stay creative while being a mom. It’s something that I do more for me than anything else, and so I had to come up with some new rules to stay focused at home…

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How to Successfully Work From Home

1. Dress the Part: Get out of those Pj’s and into anything but. Truth: I don’t always have time to hit the showers every day, but I do get dressed. Even if I change back into yoga pants by the time I head out to the pick up line, I get dressed while I am working. Studies show that you are much more focused and productive but also I feel like my best self and more professional when I dress the part.

2. Have a Designated Work Space: A few years ago we took an unused space in our house and converted it to my home office. There is no need to start construction to have your own work space, just set up shop where you can keep all your work supplies, and keep it consistent. All you need is a small desk and a few outlets for a computer and lamp.

3. Set Clear Work/Life Boundaries: Be clear on the times you are working and the time reserved for family interactions. Don’t work on the fly while hustling kids and cooking dinner, you won’t be on your “A” game. I work while the kids sleep, period. While they are awake I am away from my computer. On occasion I will work on the weekends but I schedule it in advance so that my husband can spend some time with the kids.

4. Have a Schedule: Occasionally I work in the mornings before everyone gets up, however, nap time is my designated “work/me time”. This schedule allows me to work without interruptions and then I know if I need to schedule extra time. I can work at night when the kids go to bed if I absolutely need to, but that time is really reserved for relaxing and connecting with family or friends.

5. Keep Distractions Out: If you need to turn your phone to silent in order to stay focused, please do it! Social media apps, and text messages are the going to be the distractions that will keep you from getting your work done in your designated time frame. I keep my phone on silent and turn off all social notifications. I can work them back on when I finish, but while I work I can’t look at my phone.

I hope these help you! Do you have any tips on working from home? Head over to Instagram and share, I would love to hear them!

 

Other Resources: Design Sponge Biz Ladies, Career Profiles on the Everygirl, Work from Home Success, Tips from the Career Girl, and How to Focus When Working from Home.

Photo’s by Brookelyn Photography

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Being a present parent and a productive writer is the hard, but achievable, balance I am striving for. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say raising kids comes first, and so sometimes I have to say no to a really amazing project or that “I can’t” to a killer business trip. If I don’t keep that equilibrium that I love, I am just not positive and happy. Here are my best tips to be your most productive self while freelancing and being a mama.

1. Set Boundaries: Planning a career while raising children means that you are going to have to set boundaries. Working on your own time means that you need to be more clear on exactly what that means for you. For example: when you are working, you are working, period (see #3 for scheduling!). When you are with your children, you are being mindful, present, and in tune. This takes major practice and work on your part but you need to be present with work and with your family to be the most productive you can possibly be. Both parties deserve your undivided attention. Establishing boundaries may also mean something as small as silencing your phone on Mondays or not taking conference calls before 12pm. Whatever your boundaries are, make sure you stick to them!

2. Have a Schedule: It doesn’t need to be rigid, but it does need to be clear. For example, I work first thing in the morning, during nap time, and then late at night. The times fluctuate, but they usually fall somewhere between 7-8:00am, 1-3:00pm and 8-11pm. Notice that when my kids are home or awake, I am absolutely NOT working. I have to be a mindful parent, it’s so important to me. You need to be clear about your schedule, but also have wiggle room for life, children, vacations and of coursegirlfriends!

3. Be Productive: This seems like a no-brainer right? OK, well, it’s not that simple! Being productive means that you have boundaries, a schedule, and a plan-but MOST importantlyyou are PRODUCTIVE during these times. This is why I allow for some schedule wiggle room in the afternoon, because if I am going to web surf during the hours of 1-3 while the kids are at school/asleep, then this is not using my time wisely (I really sound like a mom here don’t I?). If I need that extra energy then I take that nap. I might have to put more hours in another time, but that’s OK. You may not have time to rest, but you CAN take that lunch break, go outside and enjoy some fresh air. Here is the best explanation about being productive by the amazing Marie Forleo, watch here.

4. Have a Dedicated Work Space: This could be at your kitchen table, a home office, a desk in the basement, it really doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it exists. I have a home office but that doesn’t mean I produce better work. The important take away here is that I have a desk, it’s quiet (well during nap time), I have all my supplies present, and I can sit there and work whenever I can. Having a space of your own is important for your brain, it lets your body know that when I am here I am productive and creative. Which leads me to #5…

5. Mix it up: Hit up a local cafe to people watch and get your creative juices flowing. The best type of work happens with a cup of coffee and the buzz of a cafe. Staring at your work space for months in a row is not going to get you fired up to produce. Get out there and find a local spot with great WiFi!

I hope these tips help you to be the best freelancer and creative you can be. Remember if you get stuck, tap into your tribe. Meet a friend or colleague to bounce ideas off of. Also, comment below, I would love to hear how you work!

Photo by Cambria from Cambria Grace Photography

 

 

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