Like many of you who work at home, all is well as long as nothing goes wrong, no one gets sick, there are no household emergencies, etc. What happens when things start to fall apart? Do you have a Plan B? If your life is normal you will have days or weeks where everything feels like it is falling apart or spiralling out of control and work gets pushed down on the list of things to do. Here are 5 ideas to help you get started on your Plan B.
1. If you have children who need childcare or rides, have a backup sitter and a carpool friend.
2. Use your planner to keep yourself up to date as to what has to be completed each week and each day so in a crunch you can easily delegate or make arrangements to postpone work.
3. When planning your week, leave yourself catch up time, knowing working at home usually requires some adjustments. For me, I plan my work Monday to Thursday, leaving Friday as the “catch up day” or, if all went well, a day off!
4. Use a timer to keep you focused in the limited time you do have available. It is amazing what you can accomplish in 30 minutes when you know you only have 30 minutes!
5. Drop the guilt trip you are laying on yourself for not being able to keep it all together perfectly. No one can! Instead, be grateful that you work at home and can go to plan B.
Dropping a few things for a while is one strategy I use as my personal Plan B.
When my boys were younger, if we only got to Plan B it was a good day. Often I would be halfway through the day and working on Plan G. That’s when I’d think, thank goodness I do work at home! What is your plan B?