Nothing is easy when it comes to parenthood. Whether you’re a working momma or dad, a stay at home one, working from home or the office, it is all difficult to juggle with the duties and responsibilities of being a parent.
Several years ago, I used to work for a local film company producing movies so rest assured, I worked a lot. I was stressed 1000% of the time. It felt like I barely slept and thought that I didn’t have a lot of time to unwind and rest.
Boy, was I horribly wrong.
There was a time when I was working and at the same time taking up graduate studies. That was a walk in the park. The life of a stay at home mom has its wonderful highs but it did come with its own struggles.
It took me a while to come to terms with this realization. I wanted to be something more than Momma. I loved being a mom and I didn’t want to give up being with my son and watching him grow up every day but I wanted more.
It took time but I can now confidently say that it’s okay.
Mommas should not be ashamed of wanting more.
I wanted to help with our finances. A single-income household is not easy living. I wanted my son to be proud of me for doing whatever I could to help his Dad and for him to know that we don’t stop learning and growing as humans. We never stop evolving.
A happy accident brought me to launch my natural wellness business, which gave birth to the idea of finally starting to write again and blog and has allowed me now to entertain other business opportunities that I can do from home.
Was that the end of it? Of course not! A momma’s life is always interesting and full of twists and turns!
Working from home is awesome. It means no commute, having more time with the family, having your own time for that matter and just being your own boss.
That also means it is so much easier to slack off. It is harder to keep yourself motivated especially when it’s so much easier to Netflix and chill on your sweet, comfy bed.
Here are some ways how I keep myself motivated to work from home:
Be Reminded of your WHY
It is important to know why we are working. Yes, we’re working to fulfill our dreams, be something more, for that great paycheck our family needs but at the end of the day, those are such general reasons why that it’s quite easy to forget. Harsh truth.
We need a why–a reason that keeps us going through the days where we have zero motivation to be productive. Put it on a vision board. Write it in a journal. Paste it on your mirror. Screenshot it on your phone and use it as a wallpaper.
Mine changes after a certain period of time. A constant is always to be able to bring my husband home from corporate life and to be able to give the world to my son– secure his education and all his needs. Our why has to be strong enough to survive the tough times. It has to stop you from giving up.
Whenever I feel like not doing anything, I ask myself if I can tell my son to his face that he can’t go to school for example because Mommy wanted to watch Netflix instead. Whatever urge I have for chilling is immediately cut short.
Block your time properly and work smart
Time management is crucial to working from home. It is important to know that we cannot do everything in one day. It is best to accept that early on. As an overachiever, it usually hurts me more that it helps me out. I want to do everything and do it now. I am slowly, mind you, learning that it is not always the best way to approach things.
Work smart. Set your immediate goals for your business or work for the month, the next three months, the next six and then the next year. What do you need to do to make those happen? Work backward. Figure out what tasks need to be done daily to achieve your goals for the month.
Determine how many hours a day you can dedicate to working. Remember we are accepting that we are not superwomen. We cannot do it all. At least not in a day. If you have set your work-time to be at two or three hours, respect it and be done with it once the time is up.
Evaluate if your daily goals are achievable given your allotted work-time. Adjust and try again the next day. It is okay to fail and not check everything on our to-do lists. We only fail by giving up and not showing up.
Ask for help
How does asking for help keep you motivated to keep working? It is by realizing that we don’t have to run our businesses alone. Ask help from your spouse whether it’s an extra hour to work or a couple of hours to leave the house. I discovered that it is harder to keep going when you feel like the whole world is on your shoulders. It shouldn’t have to be.
There are numerous help available out there if we are only open to it. Sure it may sometimes cost a bit but it is also what you may be in need of in order to scale your business or just keep yourself sane. Look into hiring a VA or a virtual assistant. How about a business coach? Have you checked out social media management people to help?
Whatever you may need it is out there.
We also need to help ourselves. I have discovered that when you work for yourself, it is important that you also invest in some personal development. Our businesses cannot grow unless we do. There will be some serious soul-searching and personality-digging to be done in order for some self-improvement. This will be the gateway to becoming better people and businesspeople. Look into taking the enneagram test or the Myers-Briggs one. Do some soul searching and come up with actual results. Find out what usually prevents you from becoming a healthy individual and what helps you become productive.
Oil up. Use quality essential oils to help set the mood for working. I use Young Living essential oils for focus, clarity, motivation, envisioning and inspiration. Aromatherapy is a very useful tool when used properly and consistently.
Eat healthily and get enough sleep. Our minds cannot focus if our bodies are lacking proper nutrition. If we are well-rested and healthy, we can function better. If we feed our body junk and treat it with chemicals and toxins, we just feel awful and lethargic. I wouldn’t want to work too.
Give yourself grace
With all these many reminders, another important one is to know that we are still human. It is okay to take a break and rest. Just make sure to set a time for it and then get back to work. Take a breather just don’t quit. Let today be a rest day. Just make sure that tomorrow, we get back in there and keep working on our dreams.