This is a guest post by celebrity Life Coach, Lisa Haisha of Soul Blazing
Working from home and being a mom is an extraordinary balancing act.
I run my Soul Blazing life coaching business from my house, I’m a regular “guestpert” on Morning news shows, I lead international retreats through my non-profit Whispers from Children’s Hearts, and I’m writing a book!
So, I certainly know a thing or two about the many challenges that pop up in a typical day, besides the crazy work schedule I encounter constant distractions: the mailman is always ringing the doorbell with packages, or the pest control guy comes around, or my young daughter is running around being silly and wanting me to be a horse for her to ride.
It often feels like I’m switching hats every 15 minutes, and it takes an enormous amount of focus! It can be challenging to meet the needs of your business and your family, but with planning and careful attention it can also be rewarding.
Here are 6 work life balance tips for work-at-home moms who are struggling and juggling:
1) Take Time to Save Time
We’ve all been reminded at some point about the importance of planning, but it’s always the first thing to be sacrificed (in the name of saving time of course). So, take an hour each week to set up your weekly goals and organize your life.
What are your business needs?
What are your family’s needs?
What are your personal needs?
Look at your schedule and block out realistic times to get your projects done, creative time for yourself, and quality time to spend with your family. This helps respect your time and others’ time, by freeing you from distractions and allowing yourself to connect deeply with each moment.
2) Touch Your Projects
There are few things more stressful than incomplete to-do lists. Revisit your projects frequently. Spend a half hour each week touching all of your papers and projects, pulling binders off of the shelves, and opening up your files.
Sometimes you’ll have something important that you want to do, but it gets buried under a pile of loose papers. I missed an important Awards dinner because the invite was buried in my file drawer with my daughter Ava’s dance classes. I rediscovered it six months later and thought, “Oh, shoot! That was such a great opportunity, I wish I’d remembered to do that.”
3) Set Up Reminders
It’s always better to just get rid of a task rather than simply saying you’ll do it later, but if you must put it off make sure to put it on your calendar! I label my calendar with notes like “Revisit in June” or “Call in March,” so that I can look at it and see if I still want to do it.
Keep energy in your projects that you’re currently working on and for those projects on the backburner, give yourself 3-month or 6-months reminder so that you can revisit them when your current projects are done and you have more time and space. This way, you can reap the rewards of being successful instead of drowning in chaos.
4) Set Intentions
When you wake up first thing in the morning, set your intentions for the day. What do you want the outcome of your day to be like?
Then seize it!
Put a post-it on your computer screen with the one thing that you want to do, and keep it in sight.
And do not check emails first thing in the morning! Emails create a black hole and suck away your time. When you do get around to emails, set a timer for 15 minutes and read all the urgent or most important emails. Put the rest of them to the side and come back to them during your lunch break or you’ll spend your whole day putting out fires.
5) Label Everything
A labeler can be your best friend, especially if you have a lot of people in the house, from mothers-in-law to babysitters to assistants to handymen!
If you can’t find things easily, you could lose a couple hours a week simply having to search for things. Take out a labeler and create dedicated space for everything. Label long sleeved shirts, short sleeved shirts, arts and crafts supplies, snack drawers, etc, and make sure everyone knows where to return each item.
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6) Remember to Give Thanks
Sometimes when it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day, it’s tempting to take out your frustration on your assistants, spouse or friends.
If you find yourself reaching this point, take a deep breath and reconnect with your inner joy and be thankful. Take the time to remind yourself that the process of being a mom is a joyful process, filled with laughter and bonding deeply with your family, which opens your heart.
Remember that when you connect with another human being, you’re also learning to connect with yourself.
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About Lisa Haisha: Lisa is a Life Coach to some of Hollywood’s leading celebrity moms, actors, producers and writers. She is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Find out more about Lisa at Soul Blazing.
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