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Time Management

All moms, whether stay-at-home or work-outside-the-home, need good time management skills as families’ schedules become ever more complicated. But work-at-home moms have special challenges for managing their time as home and work can meld together.
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Time Management for Work at Home Moms
Time management is a skill, but like any other skill, it takes practice. However, in this case practice may not make perfect. As work at home moms know, time management is something that we may never completely master because life is always changing. When you’ve finally got one big time waster in check, something else inevitably pops up. But...

Working During Naps Dos and Don'ts
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WAHM Tip: Set Working Hours in Advance
When you work in an office, going home is the signal that your work day is over. So when you work from home, set your work hours in advance.

WAHM Tip: Make a Daily Plan
Work at home moms should begin each day by making a daily plan.

WAHM Tip: Make Lists for Everything
Making lists for both home and work related task helps bring organization day of a work at home mom.

What Are Your Time Management Tips?
Everyone's time management system is a little different because each of us must tailor our own strategy to our individual strengths and weaknesses. But that doesn't mean we can't learn from the time management tips of others.

What Do You Do While Your Child Naps?
Many work at home moms plan their whole day around their child's nap. When else but naptime do they get a long stretch of quiet? But the problem with working during naptime can be that naps are not always consistent. How do you deal with this? What kind of things do you do while your child naps?

Finding Time For Yourself
How many times have you thought about something you’d like to do and, before you even fully examine the idea of adding such an activity to your life, reminded yourself that you don’t have time for it? Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com's Guide to Stress Management, shows you how to find the time.

Time Management Tips for Moms
Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com's Guide to Stress Management, knows that stress and motherhood can go hand in hand. But it doesn't have to be that way. Use these tips to organize your day.

11 Time Management Tips
Susan Ward, About.com's Guide to Small Business/Canada, says that small business owners "find themselves performing many different jobs during the course of a single day." Double that if you're a work-at-home mom.

More Time Mangement Tips
Don't get bogged down with an unreasonable to-do list. Following these tips from Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com's Guide to Career Planning, will help keep your day moving.

Time Mangement for New Parents
Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com's Guide to Pediatrics, offers some great tips for time management for new parents. However, many of these methods would work well for any parent in a transitional period.

How to Stop Procrastinating
Work-at-home moms have an unending supply of tasks--for both home and work--that they can use as an excuse to procrastinate. Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com's Guide to Career Planning, helps you identify the things that put you off-task so you can get back on the job.

More Tips on Overcoming Procrastination
Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com's Guide to Career Planning, gives more tips on overcoming procrastination.

Get organized! The day planners, calendars and personal organizers can be personalized to your needs. This is important to your typical work-at-home mom whose schedule is anything but typical.

Project Management Software
As client lists and project sizes grow, turning to project management software is a great way to stay organized by using to-do lists, calendars, collaboration, automated billing and more.

Time Tracking Software
There are many benefits of time tracking. As a business grows, using time tracking software can help you keep organized, properly bill your clients, set your rates and study your workflow.

Time Tracking Methods
There are many benefits to time tracking in your business. Keeping track of the hours you spend on projects, and specific tasks, can help you set your rates, improve your business, and even save time in future projects. There are also many methods of time tracking, from handwritten notes to automated software packages.

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