I have yet to find my calling/business for becoming a WAHM, but am working on it. Hopefully with the new year, I will be able to dedicate more of my time and effort to developing my business. Things are just too hectic right now with the holidays and such. However, I still like to be in-the-know and read up on tips for being a WAHM (or SAHM for that matter – since these tips can apply to any mom).
Here I share with you 7 tips for success for the WAHM:
7 Ways To Guarantee Success For WAHM (Work At Home Moms)
by: Kara Jankowski
Are you a WAHM (work at home mom)? Or maybe youâ€™d like to be one?
Youâ€™ve made a great decision. As a work at home mom you get the best of both worlds. You are home with your kids so they are being raised by you instead of a daycare worker, and you also are making an income to support your family. Work at home moms have it all â€“ the joy of their children, the mental stimulation of a career, and a stress-free, comfortable work environment.
â€œWait!â€ You say, â€œWAHM jobs are not stress-free!â€ Well ladies Iâ€™m here to tell you it can be done. Consider me your personal WAHM resource for solutions to your work at home problems. Follow these simple steps to create an organized and effective work at home environment.
Key to Success #1: Create A Flexible Schedule
Babies need to be on a schedule right away. In fact they thrive and actually cry less knowing that they can count on their needs being met regularly.
For most babies you can follow a simple schedule of feeding time, followed by activity time, then sleep time. The length varies for each step depending on the age of your child.
Activities also vary according to age. Your baby could be staring at a mobile turning above her, playing with brightly colored toys, reading a book with you, or banging away on a drum and singing.
Hereâ€™s the key â€“ your baby needs to learn how to play on their own as well. So during part of activity time you should allow your baby to enjoy playing alone. This will give you a little â€œyouâ€ time. You can keep a watchful eye on them from across the room, or depending on their age and if they are in a safe area, you can use a baby monitor.
Be sure to watch for signs of your baby getting tired. If you delay putting them to bed you can actually miss the window of opportunity and youâ€™ll have a very fussy baby who wonâ€™t go to sleep. At the first sign of a yawn or face and eye rubbing, itâ€™s time to put them down for a nap.
Then you can knuckle down and accomplish your work tasks. Itâ€™s very important for you to list your goals and action steps and do the most important tasks first. That way if baby wakes up early you have already done the most important thing for your day!
Repeat this schedule throughout your day so you and your baby know what to expect and when. They wonâ€™t adapt to this overnight, be patient and keep at it. And remember that the length of each cycle will continually change as they grow. Stay flexible while still maintaining the cycle of feeding, activity then sleep.
Key to Success #2: You Can Only Do What You Can Do
This is so important for WAHM work at home moms. Think about it a second. You can only do what you can do. There is no sense in worrying that your day didnâ€™t go as planned and you didnâ€™t achieve this or that. Get used to it!
You have an important job here, and that is taking care of your little one. Work is important and has its place but you have a responsibility to keep yourself healthy and sane. If your baby has a meltdown and youâ€™re unable to get to your work for another hour, so be it. Donâ€™t waste energy worrying or fretting about it.
If youâ€™re going to be successful youâ€™ll have to work at odd times and make sacrifices here and there. Maybe youâ€™ll do a little work after baby is in bed for the night, maybe you skip some TV time. Do what you can, when you can, and feel proud that you are taking steps every single day towards your goal â€“ a happy baby and a successful mommy!
Also, consider working for yourself in a home business instead of working an at-home â€œjobâ€. Youâ€™ll have much less stress because youâ€™ll answer to you, not your boss, and you wonâ€™t feel like youâ€™re trying to compete with the others at the office. Plus, youâ€™ll be earning money for yourself and growing your business instead of working to make your boss rich.
Key to Success #3: Practice Good Self-Care
During your babyâ€™s alone activity time and his sleep time you can get a lot of work done. But donâ€™t forget that you need to take care of YOU! Without you at your emotional best even the smallest thing can turn you into a walking time bomb.
Take the time to relax in a hot bath, read an inspirational book, get a massage, take a walk alone, or whatever helps you to clear your mind and focus on you. You are the most important part of this equation!
Key to Success #4: Ask For Help
So often we think weâ€™re alone, or that weâ€™re weak if we ask for help. This is a time in our lives that we need help more than ever. We just canâ€™t possibly do it all.
So ask your family, friends and neighbors to assist your efforts. Whether itâ€™s for babysitting (even if youâ€™re there at your desk working) or buying groceries, enlist the support of others so you can have a break or accomplish a task. You deserve it!
Key to Success #5: Exercise
It doesnâ€™t matter if you do yoga, go to the gym, walk the neighborhood, hike the trails or use a climbing wall. Be active every day. Exercise keeps you young, stimulates those â€œfeel goodâ€ hormones in your body, refreshes you mentally, and helps get rid of those pregnancy pounds too.
Donâ€™t beat yourself up with an unrealistic exercise program. Just work it into your day. You can even space it out. Studies show that 10 minutes of exercise three times a day is just as beneficial as 30 minutes at one time. The important thing is to do it regularly, and preferably every day.
Key to Success #6: Be Grateful Every Day
This is so important. Do this in the morning while you brush your teeth, shower, or even while feeding baby. Run through in your mind everything you are grateful for.
You can begin thinking â€œI am so happy and grateful thatâ€¦my family is healthy, we have this roof over our head, we are warm and safe, my parents live close by, we have food in the pantry, I have the ability to work from home, I have the skills I need to succeed, I have access to the internet to maintain a businessâ€ etcâ€¦
Donâ€™t skip this step. It will put you in the right frame of mind to accomplish your goals every day.
Key to Success #7: Maximize Your Work Time
As a work at home mom your attention is constantly being pulled in many directions. Itâ€™s so important that the time you spend working is maximized.
What do I mean by maximizing your time? I mean be sure that your efforts have a clear and substantial reward. It makes no sense to take time away from your children if youâ€™re not well compensated. In my business I make at least $1000 per transaction, so I always know my time is well spent.
You also want to utilize the concept of leverage in your business. There should be a system in place so that you do the work once, but keep benefiting from those initial efforts later on, without more time or input from you.
Using these keys to success will create a happier and healthier you and baby, as well as a more productive business. As a work at home mom you need to be so careful to maintain balance in your life. Using a WAHM resource such as this, as well as other books or articles, can help you eliminate stress and accomplish more each day. For more information visit http://www.FollowALeader.com/wahm. Remember these keys to success to protect your sanity and live at your best, and your personal and business success will grow every day.