Not only a catchy song, but working from home is also a way I’ve been able to find balance in my life! When I came back to my full-time job from maternity leave, I discussed the ability to work from home two days a week. With a commute of almost 2 hours each way, it meant less time with #yogababy, and I couldn’t have that! So many benefits to this benefit:
4 less hours of commuting means 4 more hours with my #yogafamily. More time to snuggle in bed before having to jump up and get ready. More time to eat breakfast together. And opportunities here and there to grab a quick hug in between meetings. I finally felt like I had work-life balance when I was able to see my little guy grow up for more than just an hour every day.
As a mama, sleep is hard to find! But now, 2 days a week I get an extra hour of sleep and still get in an extra hour of work as well. It’s a win-win! And that much needed sleep is keeping me sane and helping me function even better every day.
As a mama, quiet time is near impossible. Working from home, I’ve been able to really focus on my work and my tasks at hand, without being bothered. No stop bys to my cube, no loud phone calls happening in the cube next to me. Just me, my computer, and the ability to truly focus.
I’m a big snacker. It helps me stay energized and keeps me away from that midmorning and midafternoon crash. At work, I try to snack healthy, but sometimes have to default to what’s easiest—which is usually something out of a vending machine. When I’m home, I have all my recent grocery store finds to choose from. My latest favorite, Outshine Fruit Bars, is healthy and sweet. Especially on the 90 degree days this summer without AC, they kept me cool, hydrated, and allowed for me to have a sweet snack midday that was good for me too.
You had to expect this one from me! Working from home means lunch break can be more than eating as quickly as possible at my desk. It can mean taking a much needed mental break from my work to practice yoga, calm my body, and reset my mind. While I try to do this when I’m in the office, practicing a quick few poses get a lot less weird looks when I’m home rather than in my cube!
I’ve been able to find my work-life balance by working from home with spending time with family, sleeping, finding quiet time, snacking, and practicing yoga! While some managers won’t be as understanding as mine have been, my productivity and positivity in the workplace speak for themselves. And I’m so glad I can find that balance I need as a busy full-time mama, with a full-time job, and teaching yoga part-time!