CEOMOM Magazine April 2017 - Page 29

a system that will put your kids in a daycare or Mother’s Day Out program so you can work more hours. Know your reasons before preparing a course of action. 2. Determine how many hours you want to work a day and/or week. I learned the hard way that it is ineffective to just try to get in as many hours as possible, because you are not left with much room to execute a plan. If you aim to work a certain number of hours a week, you can determine how many hours you can work a day, which parts of the day will allow you to work the most and/or which days will be the most productive. The idea is to work uninterrupted with very few distractions. For example, my goal is to work 20 hours a week. I am the most productive in the morning before the children wake up, during nap and independent play times and on Saturday’s. I can develop a schedule that will allow me to work when I am not taking care of kids which helps me minimize stress and increase productivity. 3. Accept and be aware of your limitations. When I first started working from home, my oldest daughter was 6 weeks old. For a while, my lack of planning and winging it approach seemed to be working, and then it happened. I had my first anxiety attack. I soon learned that I can’t do it all, at least not alone. Know what you can handle, and design a plan that will allow you to be the best you without breaking. This entails being realistic about your limitations, mentally and physically. Children, as much as we love them, can be draining. Add a demanding career, and you are on your way to Stressville. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of pulling back and saying no. 4. Identify your support system, and share your plan with them. There are 3 tiers of your support system. Your first tier consists of your spouse, your children and/or anyone living in your home. If you are going to be working from home, everyone who lives there should know the details of your plan. That will allow them to be encouraging and participating team members. Everything from meal planning to extracurricular activities to your work schedule can be implemented by each household member if they are aware of your plan. It is important to incorporate your family in your plan to ensure its proper execution. Everyone should know when mommy cannot be disturbed (except for emergencies), whose cooking which nights and who is taking the kids to soccer practice. The second tier of your support system comprises your outside support such as daycares and schools, Mother’s Day Out programs, family members who live outside the home, but will provide regular help with the kids, coaches and more. No, you do not need to give these outside members your 10 page written plan, but they do need to be aware of the parts that pertain to them. Your third tier consists of people directly associated with your business or job such as colleagues, partners, and employees. This group will help you to complete projects so that less of your time is required. CEOMOM   |   29 Issue 27 | 234