Are you trying to juggle children, work and home life?
Mummy blogger-turned-entrepreneur, Cassandra Michelin turned the tragedy from her personal life into a positive lifestyle revamp, when the death of her father inspired her to pursue a career in health and nutrition.
After enrolling in a nutritional medicine course at The Australian Institute of Applied Sciences, Cassandra started her health blog - Choose Life, Live It, Do It – which has since flourished into a successful online business.
Cassandra gives her top tips for stay-at-home mums who want to work from home.
1. Love what you are doing
There is no point in doing something that you don’t like, even if it will make you a bit more money. When you love what you are doing, it will come out while spending time with your family.
2. Set work time and mummy time
This one has been the hardest for me but it is a must. You are working from home for a reason; that is so you can spend time with your children. Enjoy them and work while they are napping or when they are not home. You don’t want your child to dread every time you walk towards the computer screen or make a phone call.
3. Take time out to be you
Being a working from home mum can be tiring as your job can be 24 hours a day; you have the phone ringing, the child whinging and an email you need to write all in the same moment. Book your husband or a baby sitter to take the kids and enjoy some peace to yourself every now and again. Have some way to connect with adults outside the house, like heading to the gym, out to a café, to a dance class or a night out.
4. Set your goals high
Having the opportunity to stay at home is a gift in itself; dream high, work hard to get it and you can do (almost) anything.
5. Have patience
This is super important. We need to realise that we are not heart surgeons (well I’m not!) and everything doesn't have to be done right then and there, it can wait an hour or a day.
6. Be flexible
When a toddler is involved, anything can happen. For example; sickness, sleep patterns change, etc. Some jobs might take three times as long and it’s important to be prepared for that.
7. Make lists
When you do have time to work you can maximize that time. Its also very rewarding ticking jobs off the list when achieved!
Try and get good sleep at night so you can make the most of your kids' naptime during the day.
9. Be organised and communicate
I have these in together because the best plan won’t work if no-one else knows about it. Get the whole family involved. Everyone (including the kids) have their jobs to do to make the house function well. Put everything on a chart and make people responsible but make sure that they are achievable and appropriate for your family.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Friends and family are always happy to help out in times of need.
For more tips and advice for your wellbeing, be sure to check out our health section.