3 Things I’ve Learned as a New Mom & How They Benefit My Writing Business
Happy Friday. I’ve been hitting coffee shops all week to make the most of my available time while my hubby is on daddy duty for a few hours (works with his schedule). Since I am a morning person, anyway, we’re in perfect sync and when I take over my little boy again and Rickey gets ready for work, I have usually completed 80-90% of the work for the day.
Being a mom now requires extra planning when it comes to getting in the work hours. As mentioned in another post, living out my creative self is still a side of me that I cherish.
Since time is valuable (my coffee gets cold and I have about 30 minutes left before I have to head home and gladly slip into my mom shoes again), I will get straight to the point.
Here are three things my new role as a mother has taught me and how they actually benefit my writing business.
Time is valuable.
Procrastination not encouraged. I am finding myself getting right to business and tick items - usually listed by priority - off the list. I have a designated time slot to work, so I better use it. I realized just how valuable time is now. Therefore, I am way more focused (blame it also on the caffeine) and work only on the tasks that need to be done. If I didn’t have a structure and clear vision for those 3-4 hours, I wouldn’t get anywhere and just waste precious time. Afterward, when the hand off happens, I feel accomplished and can enjoy the time with my little son. Win win.
I work more efficiently.
Since I use my time more efficiently and tell myself to concentrate, as I know how accomplished I feel if I actually get done what I need / want to chip away, my productivity is increasing. Who says you can’t get quality work done within a shorter amount of time? I now know it’s possible and all a matter of how I approach my work time. If I am all in, I get it all done.
My creativity gets a boost.
Having a little one and simply “doing life” with him requires a good amount of creativity itself. It starts with tying to get a diaper bag, baby, and grocery bags out of the car in one trip; cook somehow while this tiny human is attached to me because he didn’t want to be put down; oh, and catch sleep in the weirdest positions - just to mention a few things. So, naturally, I am getting a whole different perspective and my imagination knows no limitations. Naturally, this helps with the creative work I am doing. I think of things I probably wouldn’t have before.
My husband will get a new work schedule in a couple weeks, though, so that will ultimately change our routine. But, since change is the only constant and something that happens daily with a 13-week old, we’ll adjust, as well. I am sure. I’ll just be dependent on nap times and on my husband taking little man in the afternoon so I can get a couple more hours in.
Are you juggling baby and work?
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