7 Tips for Work-at-Home Moms [Stewardship.com Guest Post]

Business mom with baby.I’m honored and excited to be making a guest appearance over on Dave Ramsey’s new site, Stewardship.com, today! The website is all about being a good steward of your gifts and living with intention. So I’m thrilled to be discussing tips for how to do just that when you are a work-at-home mom. Take a peek…

7 Tips for Work-at-Home Moms

When I tell people I’m a mom to three active children and I’ve worked from home for 20 years, I get two responses: “I don’t know how you get anything done!” or “I wish I could do that!”

Although the flexibility sounds enticing, most people don’t think they have what it takes to be disciplined and productive in a home office. They worry about becoming distracted by family, neighbors, Facebook and even the laundry. And most moms are busy enough with their household responsibilities—they can’t imagine how they would squeeze in time for work.

But working at home is on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports a 35% increase in the number of people working from home in the last decade. This mobile workforce is made possible by advances in technology, and it helps reduce our carbon footprint and eases traffic congestion, but the real benefit is much more valuable: Working from home provides a more family-centered lifestyle.

Personally, I find the rewards of working from home far outweigh the challenges of staying productive. (I’m working in my yoga pants right now.) But maybe that’s because I’ve been at it so long and I’ve adopted a few systems and strategies to ensure things go smoothly. I’ve learned to be intentional about how I spend my day and to ruthlessly protect my time from distractions.

If you are a work-at-home mom or are considering becoming one, here are some of my best tips for staying productive…

You can read the post and chat with me about your tips over at Stewardship.com