How I Manage a Work at Home Job
Anyone who knows me in real life can attest that I just might be a workaholic. I wake up each day, wash up, eat breakfast, get my kids off to school, clean, prepare any recipes that need to be made, plan dinner, and then get to work. Despite the fact that I start my household work bright and early, my paid work gets done anywhere between 11 am-11 pm.
Of course, I take some breaks in between to tend to my children, help them with their homework and do other chores that might pop up, but I am basically busy much of the day into the night. Did I mention that I also have to make time for the gym, and dinner all while maintaining a full-time job and then some? Currently, I am a blogger full time, and I also lead campaigns at Collective Bias part time.
My days can be best described as “hectic with a dash of chaos”.
Whenever someone new discovers that I work from home, they always wonder A. How I do it with three kids, and B. How I make for myself.
I have been working from home for almost 6 years now and still do not have it down to a science. To be frank, it is not all rainbows and butterflies either. For one, I cannot always run out for errands, I miss a lot of important events, and am drained more often than not. However, it is what works for my family’s financial situation so I do it with pride.
So my biggest “not so secret” tip on how I manage a work at home job with kids is…drum roll, please?
I do my best work when they are sleeping!
Ok, so that is totally not surprisingly, but I really do get the bulk of my work done when my kids rest their little heads down onto their pillows at 7:30 at night. Being the good person that I am, I try not to disturb the whole house with my work and quietly type away on my desk after spending time with my husband.
Since I work when it is dark out, one of the most coveted things on my desk was my old desk lamp. It was a cheap clip “reading lamp” on I bought at Target for like $8? around back to school time years back. I counted on that desk lamp to see my keyboard clearly and get just enough light to keep me functioning without waking the whole household up. I thought it was great and functional until I received an OttLite to try out. You see, my new Ottlite is way more functional than the cheap desk lamp I was using.
The OttLite LED Crane Lamp with Clamp is ideal for drafting tables, workbenches, and desk spaces for writing. It has 3 points of adjustment and a rotating head to get your light exactly where you need it. Best of all, it contains super bright natural daylight LEDs rated to last up to 40,000 hours- which is crazy!! Despite working late into the night, my eyes are certainly not strained with this lighting! That means I can get a lot of work done now that it gets dark so quickly!
I am loving my new OttLite which is keeping me on my game and allowing me to successfully manage my two jobs without a hitch. Now if I could just find a way to get more hours in my day, things would be mega cool!
To sum it up, managing a work at home job with kids is hard. However, with determination, perseverance, and good time management skills, you too can successfully make a living right in the comfort of your own home.
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