So I was thinking about the list part of 31DBBB of the SITS girls commitment I made. One of the days in the challenge was to blog a list. In my delayed attempt to post something, I made a list of the Things That Make Me Smile, which I am happy to have posted. But as usual with me I ruminate on things and think of how I might have done it better.
So here is my reason for the post and other list:
I started blogging because I wanted to find someone, anyone, to help me figure out how to work from home (I’m a freelance journalist) AND parent a toddler AND have a life. As is common with writers, it’s easy to get distracted without an editor and deadline looming in the background and I never started blogging the topic. But I feel that with the SITS girls and the 31DBBB Challenge, I am in the midst of genius. People who manage family and the “real” job of working from home. Please understand I mean no disrespect when I put the word real in quotes. What I am looking for are tips from people who work more at blogging, managing a business, freelance writing etc., than I DO, which is helter-skelter to say the least.
So one with my “other” list:
1) How do you manage your time if you have children that aren’t in school?
2) Do you set up an office at home and set hours? If so, then how do you manage the other aspects of managing home life, e.g., laundry, errands, meals, workouts, playdates etc.?
3) If you do set up hours how do you get your kids to let you work?
4) If you are interrupted by your kids, how do you get back on track?
5) Can you work in segments? Such as, an hour researching, an hour running errands, half an hour feeding kids, back to work, back to tending to skinned knees, banged heads and “mommy can you make this stick into a doll?”
6) Do you have clients, contracts or deadlines? If so, how do you juggle those with the needs of children, especially when they may be crying in background while you interview a client or lead?
7) How much time do you “work?”
8) Do you have a set routine? If so, what do you do when it’s knocked out of whack with a late sleeping toddler or the opposite, when said toddler or child is up all hours of the night?
9) What’s the thing that “gives” when push comes to shove between work, family, yourself?
10) Do you schedule time for yourself? Is so, how often and what do you do?
11) What’s your best advice for someone just starting to work from home?
I guess it’s less of a list and more of an interview, but hey, it’s hard to get the reporter out of me so there you go.
Anyway, thanks for your time and any input and suggestions, they are greatly appreciated.
~ The Newbie aka BjW