WAHM tips… I wish I could give you more of these, but I started working full-time last February. I miss being a work-at-home-Mom. I enjoyed the flexibility of time and spending a lot of time with my son. I was a work-at-home-Mom (WAHM) for 2 years. It was one of the most challenging times in my life but definitely one of the sweetest. Getting to be there during my son’s toddler years was a big blessing.
It wasn’t always perfect, but enjoyable nonetheless. Still I’d change a couple of things about how I WAHM-ed it. Hindsight is always 20/20 right? Without further ado, here are…
What are these 5 things?
WAHM Tips: 5 Things I’d Do Differently If I Were a WAHM again
- Get serious about my workspace.
- A foldable table was my office for those 2 years. My workspace was hardly pinnable. It was very functional. It was set up in the bedroom, right beside our bed, so that I could work while my son took his naps. In the evenings, I’d transfer to the dining area and work there. I was quite the transient as I didn’t have a workspace to serve as my anchor.
- That’s what I’d change — create a workspace that would anchor my WAHM lifestyle. My husband and I recently bought a white desk (pictured above) and it’s a great workspace! I use it when I work virtually or when I’m blogging at home.
- Schedule being disconnected.
- Checking e-mail was done regularly. Too regularly, in my case. I carry my iPhone with me everywhere I go. When I’d get an e-mail from co-workers, no matter what time of the day it was, I couldn’t resist answering. Yes, even if it was 3 am. Yes, even if it was 10 am while I was playing with my son. My workaholic streak didn’t stop even when I had a more relaxed working atmosphere at home. I think it even intensified.
- While choosing your own time is a big plus of being a WAHM, I learned that you also have to schedule your personal time. The lines get blurred when you work from home.
- Work away from home once a week.
- No matter how much of a homebody you are (like I am), you can get a little cabin fever if you work from home all days of the week. Working away from home is another way to recharge yourself.
- I had meetings with my team every two weeks back then. I looked forward to those team check-ins as I enjoyed discussing work face-to-face, bonding with them and of course, taking a break from the homebound routine. I wish I had made it a weekly habit, meetings or no meetings.
- Learn how to say ‘no’.
- Projects are blessings, but there comes a time when the number of projects can be a little toxic. I had to take on a lot of projects because it was an opportunity cost to say no. But thinking back, I would have traded in a day’s worth of sleep (a.k.a. a day of good health) for some projects.
- Relax more.
- When I became a WAHM, I felt I had to prove to myself more that I wouldn’t be laid back on the job. The relaxed environment at home can be very tempting to just kick back and chill. The workaholic in me doubled when I began working from home. I didn’t want to be seduced by afternoon naps or random trips to the store.
- Here’s what I’d tell my old WAHM self: “Chill! Finish your work for the day and relax. Quit competing with yourself so much. It’s okay to want to work hard but don’t overdo it!”
Maybe my WAHM lifestyle would’ve been different. Hey, perhaps someday I’ll be able to apply these WAHM tips again. For all we know, being a WAHM could still be in my horizon.