Work at Home Moms: Tips on Staying Focused

by Becki Maxson - Date: 2007-01-03 - Word Count: 473 Share This!

Let's face it…moms working at home have a ton of distractions. Staying focused on your business can be harder than doing the actual work of your business! It is very easy to procrastinate, especially when you have all the "regular mom" tasks. There are always so many things pulling on your limited time.

Here's the real truth - Dishes, laundry, and dirty floors are not the most important part of your day! Use your best time for the most important things, like thinking, planning, writing, and contacting clients. The laundry and dishes will still be there, waiting for you! However, if you wait too long to call a client back, they may move on to someone who gets back to them faster than you do.

Why did you become a work at home mom in the first place? Did you need to bring in an extra $500 a month to pay off credit cards? Was it to put money away for your children's college fund? Or was it to save for retirement? Like all of us, you have a strong "why" or you wouldn't be doing this!

Whatever your "Why," write it down and put it where you will see it on a daily basis. When you are feeling distracted, look at what you wrote down. It will be easier to work when you remember "why" you are working in the first place. Remember all the benefits you're bringing to your family.

You may want to team up with another work at home mom. Send each other your goals on Monday and keep one another accountable. Send a quick email to each other at the end of the day (phone calls can get too lengthy) and discuss what you accomplished; you can share your successes or lend each other a sympathetic ear over things that didn't go as you planned. Share a resource that will help if you know one. You're guaranteed to be more productive with a "buddy system."

Start with your bigger goals in mind and then reverse engineer it. What do you need to accomplish this month, this week, and what can you do today to get there? If you "work backwards" you will create a road map to your success. Start each day with a concrete list and do the most important things first. Another really useful tip is to take advantage of when you're freshest for the most challenging things. You'll think better and have a better result. Checking email and making non-critical calls can go into smaller time slots.

Being a work at home mom gives you so many benefits. Still, it requires a lot of juggling, depending on your own family's needs. When you accomplish your goals, give yourself a little treat to remind yourself that you worked hard and achieved success! Over the long term, you're going to accomplish really amazing results.

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Becki Maxson is a Christian writer and Marketing Mentor for Advantage Conferences, a business showing ordinary people how to have a prosperous and Christ-centered home business. For more information, please visit

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