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Singing the school supplies blues

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Summer’s almost over — and when those school days start again we promise you new and exciting blog posts. But for now, this is all my exhausted brain can manage.

Now please excuse me while I return to that impossibly long school supply shopping list. I think this is a two-cart  list….there goes the budget!

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Your life’s work

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Sometimes, the picture just says it all. So, what is your life’s work?

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Friday 15 Featured Guest: Barb Steinberg, LMSW

Barb Steinberg, LMSW

Barb Steinberg, LMSW

On September 20, 2013, Barb Steinberg, LMSW is a teen life coach and workshop facilitator who transforms the lives of adolescent girls and the adults who care about them.

Barb will be talking about empowering your daughters.

You can catch up by watching us here on this page.

You can also watch from your mobile device by downloading the Hangout App.

Do check out our upcoming speakers, too.  To be considered to join us as one of 10 members of the Hangout, ask questions and participate one-on-one add us to your Google Circles and RSVP to the event here. You usually must do this at least 12 hours before the event to be a live member of the Hangout. But you can listen in and watch a hangout even if you’re not one of the first 10 to respond! We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments after the show, too!

Not sure how to add MomCom to your circles? Visit our How to Participate in a Friday 15 Google Hangout page for more information.

[infopane color=”8″ icon=”0001.png”]Every Friday, we’re going to be “hanging out” with amazing women who will tell us their stories during our Friday Fifteen Google Hangouts. Don’t know what these are? Well, at just about the time you’ve had it, either with work or the kids, (that’s 1:30 p.m. CST for us), we’re going to rescue you and your friends and followers and our friends and followers by spending fifteen minutes on a MomCom Google Hangout session. We’re going to leave you revived and renewed and ready for the weekend. We’re going to help you wrap up your work week and give you that needed boost to be productive at the end of the week. It will be your “happy fifteen” before your Friday happy hour. Join us! Would you like to be one of our featured Friday Fifteen-ers? Would you like to get your organization involved? Fill out the form at http://momcomlife.com/get-featured and let us know that you have something to share.[/infopane]

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The Four Agreements of Work at Home Moms

number fourSeveral years ago, Shamanic teacher Don Miguel Ruiz introduced the world to his book “The Four Agreements”. In it, he presented what appeared to be four simple statements that he said would improve our lives and set us free from many of the stresses that plagued our daily experiences at work, home and wherever else we might be.

It seemed too simple to be true. But…for many people, simply adopting these four agreements transformed their lives. His book proved that simple changes can make a huge difference.

While I have no illusions about being the next Ruiz, I do think there are four more simple agreements that can make our lives as WAHMs more successful and less stressful. So here are four agreements that really work for Work at Home Moms.

  1. Understand your Talents and Goals
  2. Understand the Job
  3. Define a workspace
  4. Stick to your hours

Understand your talents and goals

Too many people jump into jobs without understanding where their talents and interests lie. In a large workplace, that might work out just fine in the long run, because you’d be able to see other jobs and other paths everyday. And that might help you find the right career. But if you’re working remotely, far from other inspiration, you might end up staying with a career that doesn’t fit your talents. And while that might pay some bills, it won’t provide you with a chance to grow and thrive.

That’s why taking the time to understand where your abilities lie, what inspires you and what short- and long-term goals you have is critical to being successful as a WAHM. You can use tools like journaling, vocational and career aptitude tests or time spent with a career counselor to identify your strengths. Writing down goals will help you clarify why you’re working, and what you will see as success.

Understand the job

Before you accept a remote position, take the time to really clarify what’s involved. Don’t agree to accept any position until you’re clear on:

      Amount of work
      Type of work
      Pay (amount, timeframe, W-2 versus 1099, potential for increases)
      Costs (materials? equipment? travel? training?)
      Time commitment (schedules?)
      Workload (realistic for pay?)
      Safety
      Support
      Duration (short term? long term?)

Not getting clear on any of these could result in you working for only a small hourly wage, paying out more than you earn or waiting for weeks (or even months) for your paycheck. No matter how great the job sounds, making an agreement with yourself that you will check out all the details before you say “Yes” will save you grief and frustration down the road.

Define a Workspace

Work done from home is just as real as work done in an office building. That’s why it’s important to designate an area of your house or apartment as your work area. It can be as formal as a separate room with a desk, cabinets and shelves…and a door. Or it can be as a simple as a corner of the family room or dining room where your desk can sit, and your work can remain safe.

So why is this agreement so important? It’s really quite simple. If you take your work seriously enough to designate a specific space for it, you’re telling your family (and yourself) that it’s real. And it matters.

That acknowledgement is will affect the quality of your work and your long term success. Sure, you can still grab a file to sort through while you catch your favorite TV show, or take advatange of the patio on a lovely spring morning. But having a designated office is what reminds you that your work is not just a passing whim. It’s real and it counts.

Stick to your hours

One of the biggest issues facing remote and freelance employees is the hours they work. Without the structure of a start and stop time, it’s all too easy to let work bleed over into family or personal time. I know this has been the biggest challenge for me. It’s so easy to reach for this laptop after supper. Or do some writing on the weekend. And before you know it, two or three items have filled up hours of what should have been down time or family time.

That’s why making an agreement with yourself to set times for work is one of the most critical agreements you can make. And then set times for family. And times foryourself.  And for all kinds of other important things. Then stick to it!

Together, these four simple promises to yourself can work wonders in your work and home life.  Give it a try. You just might love the WAH world more than ever!

 

 

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Friday 15 Featured Guest: Sabrina Parsons, CEO Palo Alto Software

Sabrina Parsons speaking at MomCom 2012

Sabrina Parsons speaking at MomCom 2012

Join us here today as we talk with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. As an executive, a writer for Forbes and a mother of three boys, she lives the work/life balance.

Sabrina will be talking about work/life balance, how she balances her work life with her home life, what her biggest challenges have been and sharing advice for working parents trying to divide their attention between family and work.

You can catch up by watching us here on this page.  You can also watch from your mobile device by downloading the Hangout App.

Do check out our upcoming speakers, too.  To be considered to join us as one of 10 members of the Hangout, ask questions and participate one-on-one add us to your Google Circles and RSVP to the event here. You usually must do this at least 12 hours before the event to be a live member of the Hangout. But you can listen in and watch a hangout even if you’re not one of the first 10 to respond! We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments after the show, too!

Not sure how to add MomCom to your circles? Visit our How to Participate in a Friday 15 Google Hangout page for more information.

Hope to see you this Friday and every other Friday as well!

[infopane color=”8″ icon=”0001.png”]Every Friday, we’re going to be “hanging out” with amazing women who will tell us their stories during our Friday Fifteen Google Hangouts. Don’t know what these are? Well, at just about the time you’ve had it, either with work or the kids, (that’s 1:30 p.m. CST for us), we’re going to rescue you and your friends and followers and our friends and followers by spending fifteen minutes on a MomCom Google Hangout session. We’re going to leave you revived and renewed and ready for the weekend. We’re going to help you wrap up your work week and give you that needed boost to be productive at the end of the week. It will be your “happy fifteen” before your Friday happy hour. Join us! Would you like to be one of our featured Friday Fifteen-ers? Would you like to get your organization involved? Fill out the form at http://momcomlife.com/get-featured and let us know that you have something to share.[/infopane]

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