Being a WAHpreneur can be hard. But it can be made easier by keeping things simple in your life. This month Lindsey and I are bringing you those secret survival tips to make it through even the most grueling of days. We’ve also gathered a few quotes from other WAHpreneur ladies like us!
My Five Tips for Keeping my WAHpreneur Life SIMPLE!
1. Prepping food is key!
- This might be a total dietitian thing for me to lead with but when you work from home you’re always able to just go right into your kitchen to eat… whenever you want… even when you’re not hungry. So, if you keep your food life simple, it will help keep your work life simple. I take some time to prep snacks on the weekend. I make sure dinner leftovers are put into a container for easy heating for lunch the next day. I also try to keep my dinner meal preparation realistic. If I know we are going to have a particularly busy day, I write “easy night” on the menu and that usually means pasta or quesadillas. Streamlining this food process really helps me make the work/mom day flow much simpler!
2. Utilizing pockets of time.
- Once you become a WAHpreneur it is imperative that you use your time wisely and efficiently. Work needs you, kids need you, YOU need you. So, finding those sneaky pockets of time that I can be accomplished without distraction had been huge for me. Now, instead of scrolling aimlessly on my phone while nursing, I respond to emails, start blog posts in google documents, find contact info for brands I want to work with, etc! AND, if I don’t want or need to do those things, I try to keep myself from scrolling and simply enjoy the last moments of our nursing relationship. Nap time is another (totally awesome and needed) pocket of time. I stay focused during this time 100%!
3. Focusing on one thing at time.
- Narrowing my focus for the given amount of time I have allotted, has helped me be more productive in doing JUST that thing in the moment. Not only do I do this for my business needs, but I am really trying to get better at this with my mom/kid needs. When I play with the kids, I try to REALLY play and put away phone distractions. When my kids receive my undivided attention, not only do they of course LOVE it, it makes them more willing to then take a break to do something without me when I need to squeeze in some work. So, it’s a total win-win.
4. Knowing each day’s routine.
- This might sound simple – and that’s the point – it IS, but you have to establish that routine first. Once you have the routine down, it becomes like autopilot, making your day and weeks flow more simply. I know every day we walk and pick up X from kindergarten. I know Tues/Thurs that L goes to his preschool program. I know that going to the gym happens Tues/Thurs/Sat and other days can have home workouts. I know that Sunday night means scheduling Facebook group content. I know that I have one sale a month for BAMR Bands. Having this schedule is SO helpful and even on tiring days, I know what days mean what, making my life more simple.
5. Giving myself a grace to go with the flow.
- And when all my tricks and plans go completely off track, I remember this is part of the beautiful life of WAHpreneurship… and take the day with a good attitude to just let it pan out as needed. Stressing about things does nothing to keep things simple, so acknowledging this and moving ahead with a positive spirit still keeps my day survivable.
1. “Waking up at 5:30/6:00 a.m. helps me survive so it’s not a huge rush when kids get up!” – Nicole Culver
2. “I’m fairly new to the WAHpreneur life, but what keeps me sane is writing everything down on my wall calendar and then crossing is off when I’m done. Every recipe, webinar, and shower. Ha! Also, don’t be afraid to move something from today’s list to tomorrow!” – Melissa Chandler
3. “The best thing I did when I became a WAHmom was to realize I deserved to hire a mother’s helper to play with my daughter. I thought since I was home, I should do both, but my daughter and I were both suffering because I was taking 1,000 times longer to do things because of interruptions and she and I spent less quality time together!” – Dana Snook
4. “I have one task that must get done for the day. Just one. My to do list might have 7-8 things on it, and i’ll get some of those done too, but letting myself have just one thing that must get done helps keep me sane.” –Shannon Dombkowski
5. “For me, it’s all about lists. I have so much going on in my life (We all do!) that it is so easy to forget things. Keeping lists helps me 1) Not forget and 2) Stay focused. I keep some lists via pen and paper (like my daily food log) but for I love Trello for keeping track of everything else in my life! Trello is an app that you can access from both your computer and your phone. I have boards on Trello for my business, each of my clients, and my home life. I keep track of all my to-do lists, shopping, even Christmas ideas! I love that I can access it from anywhere and it’s easily to organize. I love highly functional tools like Trello that help me keep all my thoughts, to-dos, and lists in line so that things don’t slip through the cracks.” – Holly Glover
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What is YOUR secret for making it through the day as a WAHpreneur!?