The start of a new school year happened today, Cohen is no longer a prep student but officially a big grade one kid. Tomorrow there are more changes taking place with Sarah starting a pre-prep program at kindy that is next door to Cohen’s school.

Changes have happen in recent weeks for Fraser with him starting family day care three weeks ago. What it also means is that changes are happening for me too. Not only do I have new morning and weekly routines to implement for my brood, but these changes will allow for me to have two working days a week completely child free.

I will be using these two days a week to work on My Vintage Childhood as a whole both with my vintage children’s business and blog as well as other projects. I’m so excited about these positive changes and the chance to develop my business further, and I feel fortunate to do so whilst also being able to be at home.

So now that the school holidays are over the true start to “my year” and “my plans” start this week. I’ve heard from many other mums that such a transition to have child free time again can be hard and one has to be disciplined to make working at home successful. So my current plan of attack is this:

  • Saying no to coffee catch ups with my school mum friends on my work days. Coffees on work days will be reserved for meetings for business or blog if necessary.
  • Doing as much housework as I can in the early morning before we leave for drop offs so that when I get back home, I can get straight to work in my office and not feel called to put on a load of washing or get distracted with domestic stuff.
  • I plan to inform family and friend to kindly respect that my work days are to be just that my work days and I won’t be answer the home phone for chit-chats. I will have three other days a week in which to do those things.

I have other plans to implement but the three points above are what I feel are the most important to get going and give myself the best opportunity to forming healthy habits working at home for the first time in a long time without any children at home.

I’m excited about the year ahead and hoping to make the most of the changes to my working at home life as it’s always been juggled around one or all the children at home. This is the year to take my dreams further.

How does the year ahead look for you? Are you working at home, juggling kids and home life as well as your hopes and dreams? Share your hopes for the year below, I’d love to hear them.

3 thoughts on “Transitioning to Working at Home During School Hours…..

  • January 27, 2015 at 9:28 am
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    Great list of rules. Best advice I can give is DO NOT answer the phone, that's why you have an answering machine. Whilst I'm not working from home in the sense you are, I am in that I'm homeschooling and I've employed all these rules for years, when I break them, non productivity.

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  • January 28, 2015 at 2:09 am
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    I think I need to be stronger with my rules. Me time and business are a hard fought wager around here

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  • January 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm
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    I understand your need for boundaries, to preserve your working hours for work, but I also think that part of the beauty of working from home is that you can have a little more flexibility than if you were out of the home working for an external employer. You can't bung another load of washing in when you're at the office, can you?!
    I feel as though I have a part-time job now, doing 2 days in the charity shop, Ebaying both for the charity and myself, and volunteering in school too. I feel busy – but it's all good, I'm enjoying it! xxx

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