Even though we no longer have a nanny and I am now the primary caregiver for my nearly 4-year-old and soon-to-arrive daughter, leaving my full-time job in May does not mean I am a stay-at-home-mom or find it easier to balance the home-work life.
The challenges of working from home are even tougher. There’s no way to escape some days. And some days I put in even longer hours just to make sure I can get it all done.
So when a friend/fellow working mamma wrote a blog post about tips she gathered to help with that balance I eagerly read it:
Honestly, I was hoping there would be something there I haven’t already tried. But I guess I’ve been doing this so long — although not at this level of intensity — that I’m an old hat at balancing this stuff. But there are some good suggestions in there for moms new to this world.
Not every tip works for every household, but some of the general concepts are important. If you have a spouse, being a team is SOOOOOOOO important. Andy and I have our challenges, but in essence, we function as a team.
I don’t have the patience to keep a giant calendar that I actually have to physically write on. That seems really inefficient, too. I have a master calendar on my computer that I sync to my iPod and Google Calendar. Andy and I share our Google calendars so we know what we’re doing. It’s not a perfect system, but it works for us.
Communication is the key, though, and if that breaks down, the teamwork and the calendar break down. Since I’m usually on a computer, I use instant messaging to talk to Andy when I need to let him know about schedule changes or ask a question. And I’m not afraid to call, text or email the people I need to when I need help.
So my top efficiency tip is: Communication. And not just about schedules. Everything. You can head off misunderstandings, duplicated efforts, and craziness just by communicating.