PostHeaderIcon Put The Timer On And Heed Its Ding

By Terez Howard 

When I cook in the oven, I know that I have to set the timer. If I don’t, my family will have blackened tilapia, with a strong emphasis on the black, for dinner. 

As a work-at-home mom, I find the words, “I’m almost done” or “I just have to check this one, little thing, and I’ll get off” come out of my mouth frequently. Thirty minutes later, I’m still researching, writing and editing. Phone calls aren’t particularly an issue with me, but for many work-at-homers, they can be quite time-consuming. With my work, I have a great deal of difficulty pulling myself away from my work. 

The main reason is because I enjoy what I do. I don’t really want to stop. There’s always ‘just one more thing’ that I can do. I figure that if I complete that little task, it will be one less thing that I’ll have to do next time. 

The problem with my reasoning is that I might stay on the computer an hour past my designated work time. That makes me feel guilty. Oftentimes, that hour was reserved for wind down time with my husband or fun time with my daughter. 

Why do mothers work at home? To spend time with their families. If I’m not spending the time I want with my family, wouldn’t I be just as better off at a 9 to 5? Perhaps that’s a little drastic. But I think it gets the point across. 

I need to, not only have a set time for my work, but to also stick to that schedule. Do you have a problem getting tied to your work at home business? What do you do to maintain part time hours? 

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2 Responses to “Put The Timer On And Heed Its Ding”

  • ChrisLWagner says:

    Hi Terez, I use a timer sometimes too and have the same problems you do with sticking to a schedule. We might as well be in a cubicle. It might actually be easier than working from home, but then we wouldn’t get all the perks.

  • thoward says:

    Isn’t that the truth? I think back to my days in the newsroom, and when it was time to go home, I went home and stopped working. Now, work is at home. It’s so tough to pull myself away.

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