Excerpted from I Love My Life: A Mom’s Guide to Working from Home.
As a work at home mom, you are really a one-person shop. By yourself, you carry the responsibility of doing sales, order fulfillment, accounting, and move onto scrubbing the floor and the evening dishes. It’s no wonder that many work-at-home moms feel overwhelmed.
Here are 10 tips to lighten your workload:
1) Say No! Say no to clients who aren’t your “ideal” clients. You don’t have to attend every social function. Say =“no” to things that don’t honor your personal needs and agenda.
2) Clear the clutter. Keep your work area neat, plan your day, and keep a good calendar. It’s easier to stay focused and productive when you know where everything is.
3) Prioritize. After you make your to-do list, put a star beside the top three priorities for the day for yourself and your business. Promise yourself if you get these things done, that the rest can “wait.”
4) Uphold your personal boundaries. Say “no” to things that don’t feel good.
5) Eliminate energy drains. Is there a friend or client who drives you nuts? Are you doing overkill with housework? Is there an unresolved problem in your life?
6) Give yourself ample time to do everything. When you try to accomplish too many things in too little time you set yourself up for catastrophe.
7) Don’t over-promise yourself. If you need two days to work on a project, say it will take three and then pleasantly surprise the client.
8 ) Learn to delegate. Identify only those tasks that you NEED to perform and hand the rest of it to an assistant. Maybe it’s time to hire a bookkeeper to help with the bills and invoicing. Is there some work you can outsource? See chapter 9 for ideas on finding consultants and other people who you can delegate to.
9) Simplify and systematize. Manage your time efficiently. Group similar tasks together.
10) Work with your body’s natural rhythms. If you are more alert early in the morning, tackle those tough tasks first. If you wake up later with the fifth cup of coffee, then read your mail or perform a no-brainer task first.