finding the time to work from home
Lately I've been feeling the pressure of working from home. I know this is a privilege. We are able to live off of Nick's very steady salary, so I don't actually have the pressure of having to pull a paycheck at a nine-to-five and figure out childcare and dinner and all the things. We live a very comfortable, if transient, life. But trying to build a business, trying to grow something, to define my work, to transition from what I've done to what I want to do is really hard. And it's really, really hard when I'm also primarily responsible for the well-being of two boys under the age of four.
So I work in snippets of time - thirty minutes here, two hours there, nights, early mornings, weekends. I squeeze blogging and Instagram-ing and custom design work in the stolen moments while Owen is napping and Ben is at school, or in the rare, but miraculous afternoon hours when both kids are asleep. Or I wait until the dishes are done and the kids are asleep in the evening and rather than hang with Nick, I hole up in my office and work. Can I just say - it's not easy. It's not glamorous. And sometimes it's really overwhelming.
A couple weeks ago, I was teetering on the ledge of burnout, so I dialed back the editorial calendar on the blog to three days a week. But it's incredible - cracking the lid on the blog made me want even more time and less pressure. So I'm trying to figure it out. What's become incredibly apparent is the need to get some help with the kids. I think Nick being in grad school made us think we could do it all by ourselves, but it's not really working. A smallish investment in some help with the kiddos might yield big dividends for us. And if nothing comes of it professionally, then maybe we'll experience a bump in my sanity.
I'm curious about you guys who work or study from home. How do you stay focused? How do you manage your time so you don't feel like you're working all the time?