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Working from home is an arduous task when you have little ones underfoot. There is always someone around wanting you to play or get them a snack or crying about some crises they are having. Of course all of the smiles, hugs and kisses from those little ones more than make up for the frustrations. There is one rule that all work at home moms should remember. Be flexible and be in the moment.

The best way to be flexible is to have a plan. Yes, it sounds crazy to plan to be flexible, however, planning to be flexible reduces your stress level. First off, determine what is the best time of the day or night to focus on work and what are the important times to focus on your family. If your kids are not old enough for school yet then you’ll have to work around their nap time, learn to work in spurts while they’re playing, or work at night. If the kids go to school then try to get most of your work at home duties finished before they return home.

Now that you have a basic schedule, prepare to have it destroyed. There are going to be days when the kids are just too cranky to let you work. Whether they are sick, teething, didn’t sleep well, or just don’t want to “play nice” today –  you are NOT getting any work done while they are awake. This is where the BE FLEXIBLE part comes in. When you know there is work waiting at your desk, but your little one needs you, take a deep breath and forget about work. That’s right, I said FORGET about work. Focus solely on your child for those moments that they need you. Don’t snap at them or spend the whole time taking care of them wondering how you’re going to get the job done. Amazingly, if you focus on them for the small amount of time needed, you will find time to finish the work that needs to be done.

Another way to help in your ability to be flexible is to stay ahead of the game. If you have a project that is due at the end of the week, do a little extra each day to give yourself at least a one day buffer. This way, if Sarah comes down with a cold on Wednesday, you’re already ahead enough in your work that you can relax and give her what she needs. Remember that using the time you have efficiently is the key to being flexible when you need to be. Like the old saying goes, “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy woman.”

Michele Casteel is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and novelist who resides with her four rambunctious children and loving husband in the heart of the South. Last year she created her own small publishing company.

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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