Trying to work from home is not what it's cracked up to be. While the perks seem limitless, i.e. staying in pajamas all day, having your kitchen there at your disposal for breakfast and lunch, being able to take a "break" whenever you want...there are some negatives as well. In my case these negatives are almost insurmountable.
I have a project brewing that I thought for sure I would be done with by now. In fact, I gave myself Thanksgiving week as a goal and yet here I sit on December 1st not finished with it yet. Aside from the fact that this project is a lot more work than I ever imagined in the beginning, I find it very hard to focus at home.
As a mother and wife and exceptionally retentive housekeeper, my work around the home is never done. Sure the house may be dusted, vacuumed, bathrooms scoured clean and the laundry baskets may be empty but I spend so much time here now that I can't help but notice when a small cobweb is suddenly clinging to the corner of the ceiling or some dust has accumulated on a baseboard. Changing my sons sheets this morning, I decided to put all of his bedding (including pillows) in the wash. The dogs sleep in his bed with him often enough to make this chore a regular occurence.
When I worked, I shut the door behind me each day and forgot about disarray until I arrived home later. Deeper cleaning and laundry was done on my day "off" (I use the term loosely) as well as any errand running. It's a wonder I fit in any thrift shopping back then at all! I've tried to schedule my day and set time goals for myself as to when I need to be finished doing something and still I find it hard to head into the office and focus knowing that the house is 100%.
This week I have been creating To~Do lists for each day, knocking off everything to be done within Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This was planned in order to leave Thursday and Friday completely free to focus on my work. While I can confidently say that my house is as picture perfect as it could possibly be right now, I didn't make it into the office until 1pm. I tried blaming my iPhone and the laptop for some of my "time management" issues, but for the past two weeks I have been putting the phone in the office until all chores are done and barely even using the computer other than for working. And still I struggle
Until I prioritize into 1. have to do 2. can wait until a later time and 3. What?!?! Who do you think you are Martha Stewart?!?!? I will continue to falter.
Oh wait. Did I just hear the washer stop? Gotta go....
For those of you who work from home, how do juggle your working and housekeeping?