But onto the subject at hand, can life be more balanced by working from the home? And how does that work?
A recent conversation with a married 30-ish career woman, wife and mother of a three-year-old, revealed it was a great idea. Before, she spent so much time preparing for the day, arranging schedules, finding a back-up sitter when the little guy was sick, etc., that her productivity at work was lacking. However, the simple routine now goes like this:
- Get the three-year-old ready for preschool, prep breakfast and out the door with Dad. He drops him off on the way to work.
- She goes into her office, works until noon, takes a walk/lunch break, returns to working at her computer and on the phone until husband and child return home. She also has time now in the afternoon break to prepare a bit of supper for the evening.
- By working from home, she is more productive at work and less stressed at home. It’s a good balance for her – and her family.
Working from home can be a success but only with that one reoccurring word: discipline. Be sure to weigh the potential benefits and challenges if you’re contemplating the switch.