If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell
Some say it takes 21 days to form a new simple habit. What do you think?
There are some habits (or skills) I have mastered over the past 2 years and some I am still trying to make natural daily habits. These are some of the habits, I have found, that most work from home moms have in common.
They are flexible. I think this is a habit of motherhood in general, right? When you have kids you have to learn how to let things go and embrace change. Kids get sick, they get moody, they teeth, they suddenly become super attached – it happens and very little of it is predictable. You have to learn to be flexible and on the days that it doesn’t go according to plan, you have to be ok.
The are don’t beat themselves up too much. Work from home moms don’t always get it right either. There are moments you may have to take your child to a meeting or reply to emails while stirring the pot with dinner, it happens. Work from home moms need let it go and move on.
They are creative, on the spot thinkers. Nothing has challenged my creative thinking like working from home. When your time is limited to nap time or you see your toddler running to you with paint all over their hands and you are on a call, you think super creatively and super quickly!!
They are able to say no and not feel bad. Moms who work from home truly understand the value of time and they know what needs to be done and by when, so they seldom feel bad about saying no when they have reached capacity – this includes clients/work and school/child related things.
They are master multitaskers. No one can multi-task like a mom on a deadline! They can get stuff done like no one else because they know they have to. Most moms I know are never just doing one thing at a time, there are always a few things on the go at the same time. I think it is a habit developed the day your baby is born.
This post forms part of my 31 days to achieve work life balance as a work from home mom.