Being a Work at Home Parent

I’m excited to say that I got a new job a couple of weeks ago doing some contract writing. I have been working at home for a couple of years now, but this is the first job I have had where I am working with a team of other writers and editors. I have specific due dates and assignments that have to be completed on time, and there are guidelines that have to be followed.

It is definitely different from writing a blog and writing my own books. While I write a blog once a week on either Monday or Tuesday evenings, I can write about whatever I want. I don’t really have to do research, and I write what is on my mind. Also, writing one article a week is easy.

With my new job, I have a bunch of articles due during the week, and they all require research and a conscious attempt at writing things formally, which is a bit of a learning curve. I can tell you, this blog is not formally written.

While I LOVE this new job, the hardest part has been being able to set aside time to work, and separating myself from my family when I am working. It is definitely taking some getting used to.¬†My work life has always been very flexible, and with due dates and numerous assignments, I’m learning I can’t be as flexible.

So, what is the solution?

Setting boundaries.

I’m learning that I have to set boundaries. During the day, I play with the kids. After dinner, when Jarrett is home, I say goodnight, and I go to work. I lock myself in my office and work as hard as I can.

It is definitely an adjustment, as I still get interrupted sometimes. But, we are learning as a family. I think the biggest thing for me will be that I have to stay on top of scheduling. If I can do that, I should be able to have a healthy balance between work and family time.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes! Wish me luck!

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