Work from home tips


Hearing "mum, you don't go to work" from Master 4.5 years peeves me off and I nip that in the butt tout suite and set the record straight. Well as much as you can with a preschooler.

The last seven years working for myself has set us up for a lifestyle from which he benefits. We are double income but with a lot more flexibility than your standard 8-5pm.

However working from home takes some adjustment, mostly mentally. So here are my top work from home tips:

πŸ“Œ Start by taking your home business seriously. Others will, only if you do. In the very beginning, my partner would call and say "are you at home, can you please scan these documents for me?" There's no more of that nonsense. These days he calls me during lunch just to chat but always asks "hey, are you busy with work, can you chat for a bit?" Better. Much better.

πŸ“ŒTo me multi-tasking is listening to a podcast while grocery shopping. It's NOT working while trying to parent at the same time. That's not working, that’s pushing shite up hill. Both kids went to childcare when they turned 1 and I did not feel guilty about sending them to care while I was at home because see point above.

πŸ“Œ Most people tell me they don't have the discipline to work from home. They are too easily distracted and end up procrastinating. This was never an issue for me, maybe I'm just lucky? Or maybe.... I realised that either I was head-down bum-up at home and making some ca$hola or go back to fixed hours, paid parking, 8 hours in heels and a boss who takes all the credit for my work.

πŸ“Œ I have ONE to-do list for work and family. More time per week doesn't miraculously appear with a separate list πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ. I find it best to combine and then I go about prioritising what I need to do each day and each week. Sometimes there are family tasks that are the priority but sometimes it's work deadlines and those days my kids are the last ones to be picked up.

πŸ“Œ I work from most corners of my house; the dining table, the couch, the outdoor lounge.... but I have set up a dedicated desk in a shared study. It's free of toys, flight manuals and little fingers. I LOVE my Kate Spade pen holder which would be in a million pieces by now, if this room wasn't Completely.Out.Of.Bounds.

πŸ“Œ I do miss having colleagues- I loved the vibe with the Rigani girls playing Disney soundtracks and going out for lunch together but the truth is I am wayyyyy more productive at home. It's probably not healthy to talk to yourself all day long (and I do) so I start my day at the gym/yoga where I'm around people. If I need to bounce ideas, I co-work with our VA Holly who lives in the same street. If I have a task that doesn't require too much internet, I will go sit in a cafe and work.

πŸ“Œ I have a strict 9pm work cutoff time because sleeping well fixes 99 other problems.