MUM SAYS 5 tips for work-from-home mums

You can totally care for your kids while working at home ― The Chill Mom’s Michelle Hon tells you how.

Mums who work from home need to manage deadlines, respond to e-mails and contact people, even as we deal with household chores and our children’s constant demand for attention.

You can attempt to do all this by yourself. I tried to when I first started my business as I felt that I shouldn’t be spending any money when I didn’t have any income. So, I did everything myself ― I built my own website, answered each and every e-mail, even designed my own logo and posted Pinterest-worthy images. I wasn’t only the first to wake up, I also worked late into the night. Sadly, my efforts didn’t produce results.

What I earned was negligible. Yet, l refused to consider leaving my kids at home so that I could return to full-time work. I knew I had to try something different because I want to spend time with the kids while they are young. So, I invested in myself by attending seminars, reading books and spending thousands of dollars I hadn’t yet earned to upgrade myself as a work-from-home entrepreneur. While I can’t apply every lesson from those courses, here are several things work-from-home mums can do to boost their productivity:

Make a list of every tiny annoyance in your day and schedule in time to fix each of them.

Tip #1: Start the day with a to-do list

Before you do anything, sit down and write down everything you absolutely need to get done before the day’s over. This means including only the musts and skipping all those things you’d like to see happen. Schedule these tasks into your calendar, so that you don’t forget them. I use Google calendar, which is also synced to my phone.

A to-do list cuts out any guess work. When you find yourself with a biggish chunk of time (10 to 20 minutes), focus on these tasks and drop everything else (like doing the dishes). These are your day’s priorities.

Tip #2: Purge the tiny things that take up time

The daily annoyances in our lives actually take up a lot of our time. For example, thanks to an unorganised wardrobe, you might have to walk back and forth between two chests of drawers just to find a pair of jeans, or struggle to find matching socks for kids. While these things don’t seem to take much time, add them up and they can take up many hours of your day. They also drain your mental reservoir.

So, how do you deal with this? Make a list of every tiny annoyance in your day and schedule in time to fix each of them. Put an actual appointment on your calendar to reorganise your wardrobe, or buy multiples of each sock style, so that you don’t have to play the matching games. You’ll be amazed at how your day changes when small problems vanish.

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