I just never got around to blogging about it! January 27th was my official last day as a practicing attorney after ten years. And, while it’s only been a month since then, I have this sneaking suspicion that being a mompreneur is going to be ten times harder than working a 9 to 5. My current challenge is time management; working from home means that my days don’t have the same structure that they used to: morning routine; commute; check email/messages; get started on my assignments; lunch between 12pm – 1pm; wrap up the workday; commute home; pick up kids; dinner; evening routine.
The main hurdle is that I don’t have the opportunity to switch mental gears from HOME to WORK. And so I may or may not get showered and dressed first thing in the morning. I may or may not sit down directly to work – the laundry or a Wii workout may beckon me instead. I may or may not remember to eat lunch before 3:30pm (at which point I realize that I have a splitting headache). And I may or may not have a kid home with me – either because he didn’t feel like going to preschool that day or because she wanted to take the schoolbus home right after school instead of going to aftercare. And so I’ve been stumbling through these past few weeks very haphazardly. The other day I was lamenting my siutation to my friend, Natalie, and she said:
“Girl. First, you need to cut yourself some slack and give yourself time to adjust to your ‘new normal.’ And second – you need a system.”
Gotta love that Nat. And so, I am slowly getting my systems in place. First off, I setup specific blocks of time that I can devote to phone calls and meetings. I also assessed where I was committing the bulk of my time and decided to make some adjustments – one of them being to step away from my role as a MomCrunch contributing editor on Babble. Next up is coming up with a project management system – nothing too complicated, but when you’re juggling multiple projects, things can get real hectic, real fast.
So life these days is a work in progress (then again, when isn’t it?) I’m really touched and grateful for all of you who have cheered me on and supported me in this decision, probably the most important of which is my husband, who is definitely stepping out on faith alongside me. Thanks hon!
And, by far the number one question I’ve gotten is: “How did you make it happen? No really – how?” I’m trying to come up with a useful answer and hope to answer that question soon, in another post.
For now I’m taking Nat’s advice and giving myself some time to adjust…and that might include a day on the couch watching Team Umizoomi with a very cute 3 1/2 year old every now and then.