Becoming a work at home mom seems like an ideal situation for a mom who wants to bring home some bacon.
But once the shiny newness of mompreneur-ism with a toddler attached to your leg wears off, there are lots of hats the WAHM has to wear. As a result, striking a balance between work life and home life can take a little time.
Today we chat with Meg Kerns, mom to 3 kids 5 and under, work at home mom and founder of MOKup Media. A former teacher, Meg started her business when she decided she wanted to spend more time with her kiddos after the birth of her second child. She has been working towards that elusive work-life balance ever since.
BALANCE TIPS FOR THE WORK AT HOME MOM:
Here are some highlights from my conversation with Meg:
- Schedules are very important to Meg as a work from home mom. Also, she believes (and I agree) that teaching kids to entertain themselves without always having to sing and dance for them is an important life skill.
- She relegates her work time to when her kids are eating or when they have quiet time in the afternoon so she can be present as a mom during the day.
- I fact checked myself. Turns out studies say it takes about 25 minutes to transition back to your work after an interruption. I said 17. So close.
- Meg also recognizes the importance of taking some time during the day to just be Meg…not mom Meg or social media manager Meg. I think this is something that is very important for anyone who works from home to consider.
- She and I agree that if you are thinking of pursuing a work from home career, make sure it is something you are passionate about so it can help you stay motivated when things get tough.
- Meg’s biggest struggle with working from home is being able to turn off even though it is her not her client’s that are causing this. For this reason, my recommendation for her was to put her phone out of reach during the times she wants to focus on her family so she doesn’t see or hear the notifications.
- My tip for Meg and all you mamas out there who hate folding and putting laundry away: if you have less, you will be more likely to actually put it away. Because you will NEED it in your drawer. If you have more than you actually need, you aren’t as motivated to put it away because you can just choose something else.
- And finally, Meg said her ideal work from home day would be work in the morning because that’s when she is most productive. Then she could focus on being mom in the afternoon. My suggestion to her to start working toward her ideal, most productive day is to see if you she can hire or ask a family member to help her out a few mornings a week. This way she can work uninterrupted and get more done during "work hours". If she gets more done, she may not feel as obligated to answer emails or work in the evening.
Here is where you can find Meg and some of the items we talked about in today's episode:
- 5 oz. Cold Coffee
- 2 oz. Spiced Rum
- 1 T. Sweetened Condensed Milk
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Place all ingredients in shaker and shaker vigorously to blend. Strain over fresh ice. Enjoy!