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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5 Back to School Advice from A Work-At-Home-Mom

It’s back to school time here in the Philippines. A new school year will start by Monday, June 5, 2017. Some schools will start in a later date while others follow a new schedule and will commence with a new school year by August. It’s a new beginning for some, while for others, a continuation of their academic journey.
I have been a WAHM for 2 years already. Last year was the first time my eldest went to school. I was so excited. I literally had a list of the things that he need, will need and might need (LOL) and bought it as early as the first week of May. I even enrolled him 2 months before the actual school year. I was that excited.

This year, the same excitement is still there. But, I am wiser when it comes to investing in the things that he will need for school. I kept his old bag, shoes I bought during the middle of his school year last year and didn’t have to go shopping for pencil papers and other necessities because I already bought too much last year (told you I was excited!)

This year, my kid’s schedule will be an earlier one compared to his noon classes last year. We need to be in school before 10:30am. This is a big adjustment for me because I do my focus work during the mornings. I usually finish all my task before noon and then would go back to check for revisions or any other urgent task on the afternoon. This year it would be different. I need to start my mornings way earlier than usual to be able to accommodate my online jobs and still be involved with my kid’s educations.

Here’s a few tips and techniques that I am starting to practice to maintain balance between my work and my life as a stay at home mom.

1. Plan your day ahead

It’s like having a budget list and sticking to it.  List all the activities that you need to attend in a day and then assign specific hours on when you need to do it. It will be difficult at first but as you focus on it, the earlier and the easier you’ll be able to adapt.

2. Wake up early

The early bird catches the worm.  If you are used to waking up at 7am like me, aim to go earlier. I work till 11pm or even later during weekdays so I really try to catch up on sleep whenever I can. To adjust, I already started waking up 10 minutes earlier than I usually do two weeks ago. I am now usually awake by 6:30am. Hopefully, waking up by 6am would be easier for me as the school year begins.

3. Make the most out of your time

Try to focus more. The less you spend time on social media and other distractions, the earlier you’ll be able to finish your commitments. You’ll be able to have more time for your kids and other things that you do at home.

4. Ask for help

If it is hard for you to adjust in the first few weeks or month of the school year, hire help. You can always get a trustworthy Virtual Assistant that can do a few tasks for you while you are away. This also ensures that you are keeping up with your clients even while you commit time with your family and kids.

5. Take it easy

We often see ourselves as Super Woman. We can do anything. However, we do not always have to do so. Stick with what’s important and what you value the most. Know your priorities but make room for other interesting things that may come your way.

Punishing ourselves for not being able to commit or failing to stick with our plans will just drag us down. Life is a journey that should be enjoyed so we should take it easy from time to time.

Are you physically and mentally ready to welcome the school year?  Be back to school ready, minus the fuzz and the stress with the tips mentioned above!

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