Channeling Your Ambition When You Are a Writer and Parent Who Works from Home
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Writing is a self-governing job that requires you to pull motivation from within. I recently began my career as a writer and I am a stay-at-home mother. Being a stay-at-home parent is also a job that requires you to push yourself daily to get things done. This dual role requires us to keep our motivation level elevated!
I am learning every day to keep a balance between work and home while still leaving some time for self-care.
Here are some ways that I have been staying on track and turning out quality work both in the home and on my laptop.
- Many successful parents/entrepreneurs recommend setting your alarm for earlier than your children wake up. This can give you time to get ready for the day, plan meals, meditate, or just have a relaxing cup of tea before the chaos begins. I will be honest, I do not do this because my daughter wakes up at 5:30 a.m! However, it is a productive way to start the morning.
- When you wake up in the morning, get dressed, comb your hair, and brush your teeth. Prepare yourself as you are going to work. Some people even dress up! You are working actual jobs, the only difference is that you are in your home. Studies show that when people wear business attire, they are more likely to professionally conduct themselves. Mind you, a sporadic pajama day is always a good reward for a job well done!
- If you are experiencing writers’ block, look to your surroundings for inspiration. Talk to other parents about their experiences and what they are struggling with. I have noticed when you get a group of mothers or fathers together, they always have something of value to say. I have been observing people in public and at social events for ideas for my next article. I also keep a list on my phone of ideas for future articles.
- Use writing as a reward. Writing is work, but I think most of us love what we do. I have been doing most of my chores in the morning and then I start my writing. This way I am clear-headed and relaxed without clutter…