I've been working at home for the past two years. I write. I babysit. I translate paperwork. I pay bills. I take care of my kids. I cook. I clean. I do the many things that others don't. I say this because I'm a single mom, which means I have double duties. That's all!
However, many people think that since I work at home, I have all the time in the world, and that I don't have anything to do. Remarks such as: "What do you do all day at home? Aren't you bored? Since you don't have to go to work, can you do this or can you do me a favor?" are all very familiar to me.
To these types of people, they haven't a fainted idea what it takes to work at home. I have a very rigid schedule to keep myself sane, and also be productive.
- Wake up at 5:30 A.M.
- Drink my coffee
- Answer emails
- Check out friends' articles
- Comment on articles/blogs
- Go over the list of chores
- Make breakfast
- Take the older kids to school
- Clean up the morning mess
Then depending on the weather, I either rake leaves, shovel snow, or cut the grass. Before noon, I have to drop my preschooler at school, and run back home to catch up with my unfinished chores.
Yes, in between, I squeeze in eating! Multitasking is the name of the game in my life! By three o'clock, I am on the road picking up three kids, from three different locations.
Once the kids are home, there are school papers to check out, homework to be done, dinner needs to be on the table, drive to soccer practices/games, wait, dinner time, bath time, bed time, and I'm tired to the bones.
My evening usually goes by without a word written! Yet, people work away from home, and including married stay-at-home moms mock that my life is boring, or that I have nothing to do.
- Ignore the ignorance remarks
- Stay Focus
- Make a daily activities schedule, but be flexible for changes
- Do what works out for me and my family
- Keep my dream alive in my mind
- Say my prayer
- Count my blessings