Work - Inside, Outside and All Around the Nest by Jennifer Waddle

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Work - Inside, Outside and All Around the Nest
Series: All My Ducks in a Row
Jennifer Waddle

I've been a stay-at-home mom for all of my adult life. From the time my first son was born when I was 21, to today at age 44.

But I have worked hard, believe it or not! My work-from-home ventures have included cosmetic sales, piano lessons, and of course, writing and publishing. Juggling the work load, along with family obligations can be a real challenge, especially if you contribute some or all of the income to the family budget.

So how do our careers fit in with everything else? If you love your job, like I do, it is easy to let some important things suffer. I would like to write, edit and market all day long, but it isn't healthy for me or my family.

As a home schooler, I usually get up early to have my Bible time. Then I work on blogs and emails until the kids are up. At that point, I have to discipline myself to shut the computer down and tend to breakfast, chores and school. Usually by 1p.m. I am free to do some writing.

Scheduling our work at home is so important. Otherwise, we will find other things to fill those hours and end up getting nothing done.

Do you realize how much time is wasted on media? Computers, phones, television, emails, Facebook... 'Calgon, take me away!' (some of you remember that slogan) Ladies, it is very important we schedule our media time. It would be a good idea to set a timer and get all the surfing out of our systems. It really is ok not to check our emails every ten minutes!

If you are a work-outside-the-home lady, God bless you. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Your schedule isn't nearly as flexible and I imagine your organization skills are miles ahead of the rest of us. However, the pressures of balancing work and home life may be overwhelming. Having a clear and simple calendar that includes everything is a must.

Now, if you are anything like me, you don't like to be bound by a really strict schedule. You like to have a little flexibility and freedom in your day. So try this:

Write your to-do list the night before. *Mark the 'must-dos' with a star.?*Mark the 'want-tos' with a question mark.

The reason I like to prioritize my list is because it gives me that wiggle room to leave some things undone, while still covering my bases. And you know what? I've found that most of the time I get everything on the list completed!

Writing things down before bed is very important. It helps us get the tasks out of our minds and onto the page. Therefore, we will sleep better knowing it is all on paper and we can face it in the morning. Otherwise, we lie awake thinking about what needs to get done the next day. Make sense?

Another thing to consider, especially if you work outside the home, is doing all of your major errands and chores one morning per week. For example, if you can ...

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