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It’s funny to think back to this time last year. My little guy was turning three months old and I had returned to work the week before. I dropped him off at daycare twice a week and felt mildly like a crazy person. I was doing a mix of in-office and work-from-home mom life.
My life mostly consisted of cleaning and prepping bottles and getting ready for the next workday. At the time, my New Year’s resolution was to find more balance, whatever the heck that was. The longer I did the mixed work life, the more I realized I wanted to be a work-at-home mom. But getting there was a journey that would take another eight months for me to master.
As I look ahead to 2020, my New Year’s resolutions look pretty different. Instead of starting work-from-home motherhood, I’m looking to grow work-from-home motherhood and help others do the same. I want to be a better mom – which I think most moms want every day, week, month and year.
Here’s a look at my top New Year’s resolutions/goals for 2020.
Work when it makes sense
As my son gets older, the timeframes for when it makes sense to work are shifting. From multiple naps down to one and from 12 hours per night of sleep to more like 11 or 10 and a half have really changed things.
And it seems like the longer I’m a work-from-home mom, the more attached he gets. When I sit at my desk, he grabs my leg and cries until I put him on my lap. He loves to pretend like he’s typing just like mom and loves to be at a higher vantage point where he can see what’s going on.
His constant need to be with me and less time where he’s asleep makes me more irritable while I’m trying to work. And that’s not the best motherhood. So I’m trying to be more attentive to his needs and adjust to every day.
A friend asked me recently what my daily schedule looked like and I sort of laughed. It’s different every day because my son’s needs are different every day. I want to be more aware of those needs in 2020 and adapt my work schedule to meet them.
Be more patient with my toddler
At 15 months old, we’re in this really crazy phase where my son knows exactly what he wants but he isn’t talking yet. Heck, he doesn’t even point to what he wants. It’s just a full-on meltdown every time he gets something in his head that he wants me to just figure out.
So far, this has been the most challenging phase of life to be a mom, let alone a work-from-home mom. During meltdowns I find myself holding up his favorite book and asking “this?” Then moving to his favorite toy and once again inquiring “this?” We move on to a snack as I ask “this?” It’s a daily, if not hourly, routine. And I get weaker as the day goes on and find myself snapping or giving up and just thinking oh well. He’ll get over it.
But in reality, I know I just need to be more patient. Eventually, he will say more than just mom, cheese, book and banana. It’s just going to take time and patience in 2020.
Do more chores around the house to give my husband more leisure
I realized something the other day as I collected up the bedding to place in the wash – I can do more around the house. If you’ve kept up with this blog, you’ve probably seen me give advice to ignore the household chores during working hours to get it all done. And while yes, that’s one great work-from-home mom productivity tip, I realized that I do have pockets of time where I can do more chores to free up time for my husband to have more leisure.
It’s nothing huge. I’m just hoping to get into a rhythm of washing the linens, which he normally does. I’m going to try and empty the dishwasher more and maybe cook one meal per week. I generally spend those 10 minutes between calls on social media or some other distraction that isn’t productive. I’m resolving in 2020 to make better use of those times between appointments.
Grow the business to hire other work-at-home moms
I manage a marketing agency from home. In 2019, I reached financial goals to support my family but I’m not done growing the business. That’s because I want to employ other moms and help them experience the freedom I’m experiencing.
The tough part is, there just isn’t extra money to pay additional staff just yet. So I’m getting out there and networking, prospecting and making deals happen.
Give back and care for moms in my community
I don’t really make money from this blog. And someone told me the best way to do it would be to start a coaching business to help other moms looking to work from home. But that would defy the whole point of this blog. I started this blog as a way to support other moms and show them that they aren’t alone.
So my goal for 2020 is to help a few other moms get started working from home in any way that I can. Feel free to email me (Rebekah) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I’d be happy to share in your journey.