Organisation can be a great challenge for some work-at-home mums (WAHMs). For others, it comes naturally. Still others wish they could be more organized but don't know where to begin. Regardless, getting organised can really help you run an effective business from home. Here are some tips.
1. The calendar
Your calendar can be a simple notebook, an online calendar, or a business day planner from an office supply store. Some WAHMs like a big desk calendar; others prefer an hourly rather than a daily or weekly approach. Choose what works for you - if you have trouble organising yourself, a more hourly approach might help in the beginning. If you are naturally task-oriented and ordered, a weekly calendar might work better for you.
The calendar is where you divvy up your time. It's where you prioritize the urgent tasks and separate them from the less urgent ones. Your calendar is also where you note the time it takes for repeated tasks - making meals, running errands, doing laundry, bedtime routines with the kids, etc. It can really help to go ahead and write those things in so you can realistically see how many hours you have to devote to work.
2. Quick meals
Meal preparation can take some time, especially if you are concerned about your family eating fresh, whole foods made from scratch. However, you can cut corners on time and not necessarily on health.
Here are some ideas for taking a load off of meal prep:
3. Be realistic
One of the quickest ways to lose your sense of order and become disorganied is to take on too much. If you are a "yes" person, you may ultimately disappoint your clients because you promised more than you can deliver. So be realistic about the hours you can devote to working each week and learn to say "no" when you have to.