Heck yeah! Let’s just get that out-of-the-way. For all of you who think that working from home isn’t really “working”…sorry, it is! Working from home is a blessing for some and not so much for others. I’ve been blessed to work from home for the past 6 years and it was an adjustment, since I’m a chatty chatster who takes pleasure in chatting it up with the coworker-homies. But working from the confines of your home is just as much a REAL JOB as it is working offsite. The key to working from home is planning, balance, boundaries, and patience.
Planning-is my fav! Planning for me is artwork in a binder. I didn’t see myself as artsy or crafty until I began keeping a lifeplanner to organize. Planning is key if you want to be a home based success. Pen to pad lists have been proven to increase memory and save a frazzled mom a time or two! (All in favor say Aye!) Whether spiral or binder form, get a planner, write your crap down, and get organized.
Balance-BIG SIGH! There really isn’t a magic bullet for this one, it’s just something we’ve got to achieve. When we’re out of balance it’s unhealthy for us and the people around us. It causes stress, burn-out, anger, sadness, depression….it sux. So balance comes from a place of realistically looking at your life, one chunk at a time, getting things done, in small batches, day by day, piece by piece. Work-Life balance has to be implemented if you work from home. Since home IS the workplace, lines are easily blurred if there is no balance. Having a specific area to work in, a specific time to report to, and a specific schedule to adhere to, helps.
Boundaries-Kinda goes along with balance. But set clear concise boundaries for yourself and for your family to follow. If your “work” hours are from 7am-3pm Monday-Friday with a 30 minute break, post it so that expectation can be set. Be sure that you adhere to those set boundaries as much as possible,. If you don’t take it seriously…others won’t either. Finally never put work before the family. If you have a good daily plan or schedule, work hard to complete your tasks, and save the rest for another day. Never work late just to clear you list….remember family first!
Patience-Be ginger with yourself. I didn’t become a work from home genius in one day! It took me about 2 years to get myself and the family acclimated to what my goals and expectations. Over the years, these have changed, so I’ve had to renew the process several times. Six years later, I think we have a rhythm that works well. But I had to be patient with the process, and to pray when I was overwhelmed.
So let’s recap-working from home is most definitely work. It takes planning, balance, boundaries, patience…….
Dear God-bless all of us who are fortunate enough to work from home. Even if it’s not a fortunate situation, we count it all joy in your name. Help us to keep you first in all that we do, to be good stewards of our time and energies, to have healthy work-life balance, to keep clear boundaries, and to have patience when we do all we know to do and things still seem to go wrong. We depend on your love for guidance, comfort, and peace. Thank for all things! In the name of Jesus we pray-Amen