How to Establish a Work From Home Routine
When you decide to work from home, either from a traditional job or stay at home mom role, there are bound to be some adjustments.
Getting into a new schedule requires a few steps, but it’s worth it to establish a routine that works for you and your family. Read along for tips on establishing a work from home routine that invites productivity and flexibility.
Figure out the differences
It’s important to ask yourself this question: What will need to change since you’re no longer going to the office, or being a stay at home mom? You might still be parenting from home, but if you’re also working, things will still be a bit different.
If you’re now working from home, things are bound to change in the family schedule. Maybe you can no longer participate in carpool duties daily, or maybe you’re wanting to free your schedule from 3-4pm to pick up your kids from school. Additionally, things like meal prep, meetings with friends, and workouts need to be considered. If this fit into your day a certain way before, it might be best to just try to keep it. You might have far more flexibility, but it still requires that you figure out where it all fits into your new workday.
Answer the questions
There are more questions to answer to establish your routine! What will remain consistent? Maybe you’ll still do dinner at the same time and take your kids to soccer in the evening, but you’ll ask your children’s friends to handle carpool.
Also look at and examine: What will be changing based on family schedules, freelance projects starting and ending, time with friends, and so on. Once you know what will change and what will stay the same, you can begin to create a daily schedule.
Focus on the goal
Whatever your reason for a work from home job, focus on this goal as you begin your new routine. Are you looking for more flexibility in your life? Do you dislike commuting very much? Do you simply want more time with your family? Or did you just fall into a job that happened to be home based?
Either way, you should work on establishing a goal for your work from home job. It’s easier to begin – and keep to – a routine that sticks if you’re focused on a goal. When things are a bit tough schedule-wise in the beginning as you readjust, remember that you get more time to attend your children’s events, or meet a friend for coffee, if those are your goals.
Log your progress! Keep track of how you’re sticking to your new routine and schedule. When you’re able to do something on your list of goals, or you maintain your weekly schedule, take note.
This also allows you to see where you may have over or under booked yourself. Make space for changes! This is an adjustment period, and it will take some time to get into the flow of a home based career.
It’s a big change, whether you worked before or not. Many people believe that working from home is simply easy, and that’s not always the case! You may actually be juggling more demands now, however sweet it may be to have more flexibility.
Remember why you got into this type of work, praise yourself for staying on track, and make adjustments as you and your family needs to, and you will establish a productive routine in no time!