As a mother, you’re already working a full-time job, right? You’re nurturing your kids, feeding them, and making sure they’re safe… and that’s not even mentioning the around-the-clock attention that your husband or significant other needs!
So from your kids to your spouse, your time is spent! But, with you being who you are, you have so much more to offer so what do you decide to do? You decide to start your own business and to work from home…
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working from home… in fact, it’s become so popular that in 2017, around 8 million people completely worked from home, according to statistics from CNBC, and they earn more money than people who commute to work every day!
There are definitely pros and cons that come with working from home, just as there are pros and cons to commuting to work each day but when it comes to working from home, the area that most mothers have the biggest problem is in the area of productivity.
We live in a digital era where running online businesses is almost the new standard of living. You simply purchase a domain name and build your website and you have a totally new stream of income coming in!
Okay, so it doesn’t exactly work like that but the fact that running your own online business is so easily accessible, you can only wonder why more mothers aren’t cashing in on the opportunity! Well, again, running a home-based business has its perks but if you can’t buckle down and increase your productivity, your business will never take off how you want it to.
As a mother working from home, you’re going to encounter matters of productivity. For one, the fact that you’re working from home means that distractions will come a dime a dozen. Secondly, you have to have a level of discipline to overcome those distractions… without discipline, your productivity levels will drastically decrease.
Fortunately, there are some productivity hacks you can do on a daily basis to not only increase your productivity but these hacks will also help you to work more efficiently as well.
Take a look at how work from home mothers can increase their productivity while running a home-based business.
Designate a Home Office Away From Distractions
You hear realtors say all the time “location, location, location” and that statement couldn’t be any truer, especially in the world of home-based businesses. The fact that you’re working from home means that distractions are all around you, so you need to pick a room in your home that’s away from any and all distractions.
Ideally, you want your home office to be located in the back of your home and away from high-traffic areas. This will simply allow you to focus on your work in an area of your home that won’t give way for you to even see or think about distractions of any sort.
Hire a Nanny
Lots of people tend to think that moms who work from home have it easy because they don’t have to or need to pay for childcare… those people couldn’t be more wrong.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy to take care of your kids. Working from home is simply a matter of geography.
When you were commuting to work you probably dropped your children off at daycare but now that you’re going to be working from home, you might think that your kids can just stay home with you while you work… well, you can do that but your children are going to require time and attention that you might not be able to give because you’re trying to work and because of that, you need to hire a nanny.
Ultimately, hiring a nanny is better than taking your children to daycare because it’s more affordable and you’ll be able to keep a closer eye on your kids because they’re at home with you. This will add to your productivity and your pockets!
One of the biggest perks about working from home is the fact that you don’t have to get dressed for work… you can work in your pajamas every day if you want to!
That sounds like a dream come true right? Just imagine being able to wake up and not have to put on a high-heels or makeup… it sounds amazing!
Now, while working in your pajamas sounds like a great thing, it could actually contribute to counter productivity.
When you were commuting to work every day, getting dressed was one of your first accomplishments of the day. You might think that something as simple as getting dressed for the day is too silly to be labeled as an accomplishment but it truly is.
The fact that you were able to get dressed and make it to work on time is an accomplishment that actually leads to more accomplishments throughout the day. So, even though you may work from home, still treat it as if you had to get dressed to commute to work… you’ll see a huge increase in your productivity like never before!
As a working mother, you not only have the responsibility of taking care of your family but you also have the responsibility of taking care of your home as well.
The thing about running your household is that you shouldn’t have to do it all on your own, especially if you have a spouse and children that are old enough to help you… you have to delegate the household chores.
It can be hard to delegate responsibilities at times because you like things to be done a certain way and if you hand some of those responsibilities off, you know things aren’t going to get done the way you want them to get done but that’s okay.
Getting your kids to help around the house is not only going to free up some of your time but it’s also going to teach your children responsibility as well.
So, loosen the reigns on your responsibilities and hand some of them over to your kids! They may not do things the way you want them to but the fact that the chores are getting done is what’s going to free your mind up and allow you to put more focus into running your business.