Time Management

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time is moneyHey, everyone!  I stayed up really late last night reading all about different jobs that I might want to try out and gathered a lot of useful information.  It’s all a little overwhelming at this point because I’m not really sure which direction I want to go.  The great news, though, is that there are thousands of online jobs that a lot of people are qualified to do from their own homes!

I wanted to write a little today about how important time management is going to be for me (or anyone else) to be a successful work from home mom.  I mean, even when I haven’t been working, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done.  Just last week, I was juggling two irritable children, loads upon loads of laundry, trying to make a grocery list of food my children will actually eat, giving the dogs a bath because they both rolled around outside in some mud, making phone calls to find a carpet cleaning company who could come clean up all the mud the dogs tracked into the house, and trying to come up with ways to make money, all at the same time!  Talk about wanting to pull your hair out!  

Anyway, if you have young children, you know where I’m coming from.  I’m a master of multi-tasking already, so at least I have that going for me.  I’m just trying to figure out how I’m going to be able to sit down and write, answer phone calls, or whatever type of work I decide to do, with two kids running around and screaming during the day.  I’m writing this right now just because it’s a Saturday and my husband is home entertaining the kids.  I can’t exactly justify hiring a babysitter to come over until I actually start making enough money, so that’s not an option yet.  Hopefully I can reach out to some of my kids’ friends’ mothers to see it they would be up for trading some play dates just to give me some quiet time every once in awhile.

As I’m thinking about all of this, I am really thinking it’s going to come down to me enforcing some type of schedule with my kids.  As of now, they go to bed around the same time each night, but their nap schedules are totally different, they wake up at different times, they want to eat at different times, and so on and so forth.  If I can get them on the same nap and feeding schedules, I will have quite a bit of time in the middle of the day to focus on my work.  I’ll also be able to spend most evenings working once my husband gets home, although his schedule is not completely predictable either.

Ok, so I know this post isn’t offering much advice and is more just me typing whatever comes to my head, but maybe you can get some ideas from me about scheduling and multi-tasking.  That’s going to be my focus this next week…getting my kids to be on similar schedules.  I know, I know, I should have done this a long time ago, but it really is harder than it sounds!

I’m also going to have to create a schedule for myself so I don’t spend those precious moments of freedom doing unnecessary things.  Focus, focus, focus!

Well, I have to run…time is ticking away and I need to get some more research done before my husband starts calling me to come help with the kiddos!

-Katie

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