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3 WAHM Tech Tips | Set Daily Goals and Loosen the Reins

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Most women can be micro-managers or control freaks. That’s not always a bad thing, but when you run a business from home and manage your household, the stress of trying to micro-manage every little detail can be unbearable. Learn to take it easy and make an attempt to delegate household duties and chores. Let all the family members pull their own weight in some form or manner.

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When I was a kid, my grandmom used to have a favorite saying:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…

Surely you realize that before you started your blog or home business, wasn’t there days when the dishes didn’t get done because you were tired?  Hopefully no one complained. What’s changed?

Now you have taken on new responsibilities with your business that demands your time. If you’re afraid that your house will turn into a disaster without your constant attention, don’t be. All you’re accomplishing is the fact that you’re increasing your anxiety level while decreasing your productivity in the home office. Who can concentrate when their mind is all over the place?

A plausible solution is to set daily goals. These goals encompass the business side and the family side. Setting goals helps maintain the balance between family and business. This will also help you be better able to relax.

Here are some goal-setting tips:

1. Know your limitations. There are no super moms – only normal moms who are super tired. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business be. Take it one step at a time. If you are working on marketing your business, use one strategy at a time and cultivate that. As you take on clients, spread out the work until you find your comfort zone and then you can add more projects. Allowing yourself the time to do good work and complete projects on time is a great feeling.

2. Alternate business days and housework days. There will always be housework to do. For one brief shining moment, your house is clean and then the family comes home. Choose a day when you work schedule is light or take one or two mornings a week and devote them to cleaning. Even on those days, set a time frame. Do what needs to be completed during that time and leave the rest for the next cleaning day. You’re shaking your head I can tell. Before you say to yourself, “she’s crazy” – give it a try. On the days when work is the priority, your mind will be focused on work and not the dishes.

3. Schedule in some free time. Spending time doing absolutely nothing or working on a hobby fulfills a soulful need. Work and home are more manageable when there is time for you factored into your week. It doesn’t have to be every day, but it needs to be there for your sanity. You’ll snap if you remain wound too tightly. Take time doing something YOU like to do on a regular basis.

Each day brings a new opportunity to grow your blog or business, enjoy your family and take time to smell the roses. A well balanced life increases overall well-being and productivity in all of your tasks, especially your blog or home business.
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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

23 comments

  1. Great post not only for the WAHMs but for all moms! I’ve been a Working (outside the home) Mom & SAHM but never a WAHM. You still have to take time for yourself & def know your limitations. I tend to be runnin all day most days & it kills me.

    I have to say your Grandmother’s saying sends chills down my spine lol my lyin cheatin ex-husband used to say it about himself all the time. He got plenty on playing in :P
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..TheBoysStore Review&Giveaway =-.

  2. Great tips . Sometime as a mom we tend to overwork ourselves and really need to learn how to take things slow so that we can enjoy each moment of our kids childhood and work life/family development.
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Weekend Reflections- Being Systamatic =-.

  3. Those are great tips. Thanks!

    I definitely need to work on knowing my limits. I always try to take on way too much!
    .-= Staci A´s last blog ..Small Talk Six: Falling in love with fall =-.

  4. This post is a God send for me. It’s one I’ll need to re-read often. I found your site over at the work from home group on the momblogers social network. I’m glad I joined. Sherry

  5. Very good post, we all forget to stop and smell the roses. My issue is being a SAHM I don’t really feel like I have structure any more, I used to know okay I have two days off from work a week to do my house work, now that’s all I do. Even after two years!
    .-= Lisa P´s last blog ..My brand spankin new blog! =-.

  6. I’m terrible at this. I’m always expecting myself to do more and I sign myself up for way more than I can handle. It’s very crazy all the things I do, or wish I had the time to do.

    Great Advice Cindi!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Epson Stylus NX515 Review and selling at a new lower price =-.

  7. Great Tips, I think we all forget that we need time for US! I never slow down when it comes to my blog and getting things done. I wish i was like hat about my house lol

    Toni-Lynn

  8. Good advice for us WAWMs too! I’m constantly running around in circles to make up for not being home full-time. I’m going to attempt to schedule some more “me” time.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – Week 3 =-.

  9. If we aren’t good to ourselves and aren’t healthy and happy we can’t be good to anyone else, especially our children who are needy by nature.
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..I Won A Trip To Hawaii =-.

  10. Thank you so much! I just recently started working from home and really needed to hear this.
    .-= Amy Murphy´s last blog ..World Market Reminder! =-.

  11. That is so true. I really like the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” That’s what my friend always tell me whenever there are some problems in the family business. :D

  12. I always have trouble with the first one. Limitations thanks for the reminder
    .-= Night Owl Mama´s last blog ..Uprinting Holiday Greeting Cards Giveaway =-.

  13. I totally agree, delegating is the way to go.
    .-= Pat. @ Here And There´s last blog ..MONSTERS VS. ALIENS And BOB’S Big Break DVD Giveaway =-.

  14. Yes, my Gram had some great information she passed along! Glad you found the info helpful!

  15. Hi Dominique – didn’t have computers when my kids were growing up so didn’t have these worries then!

  16. Hi Staci – I think many of us are accessing our priorities now and stepping back

  17. Hi Lisa – I found it much easier to be organized when I only worked PT 3 days per week with my kids. On the days I didn’t work I had a plan on what needed to get done!

  18. Hi Louise – Yes, I think we over commit and sign up for way too much in life – kids, civic groups, blogs too! Our intentions are good but sometimes we set ourselves up for failure

  19. Hi ~ Definitely agree with the limitations – I’m learning (albeit late) how to say “no”

  20. Hi Connie – yes, there’s a saying “you’re only as happy as your least happiest child” – so, a happy mom makes for a happy family

  21. I really like these tips even though I work outside the house. It still applies. Nice job.

  22. I end up cleaning on the weekends just because it is easier for me since I work everyday at home.

  23. Excellent tips! The biggest thing I had to get over was that my family understood I was actually working. Now, after many years, they totally understand and are very respectful of my work time.
    .-= Robyns Online World´s last blog ..Motor Oil Matters & Gift Card Giveaway! =-.

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