By Melissa Batai
Mandi Ehman is the busy work at home mom behind the websites, LifeYourWay.net and JungleDealsandSteals.com. She is also a mom to four little girls and wife to the "boy across the street" that she married almost 10 years ago. To say she is busy is an understatement.
Mandi is also the author of the ebook, How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too.
If you are a stay at home mom who is struggling to manage all of your different roles or you are considering becoming a work at home mom, this is an excellent book to read.
Make no mistake, this book doesn't tell you how to be a work at home mom or how to find the perfect work at home mom job. Instead, this book focuses on how to juggle all of your responsibilities so you can enjoy your work and your family roles.
An Interesting Personal Story
A significant portion of this ebook involves Mandi explaining her WAHM life. She has had a variety of work at home mom jobs ranging from in-home daycare provider to transcriptionist to blogger. Blogging is where she found the job that is best suited for her, and she frequently works many hours a week. In fact, her blog and other jobs, including managing aspects of some other websites, have become so successful that her husband, who was in the construction business, was able to quit his job and become a stay at home dad who homeschools their daughters.
Mandi's tone is friendly, and I was compelled to read more about her story and her struggles. She is honest about the difficulties she faces as well as the priority choices she must make just like many work at home moms. Thanks to her relatable personality, this is an interesting section of the book and can serve as inspiration for women who have just made the leap to become work at home moms.
Time Management Tips
If you don't want to have as many conflicts between personal and work time, especially as your business grows, you will need to prioritize and carefully schedule your time. Otherwise you could find yourself flittering away an hour here or there going through your Google Reader or surfing Pinterest. Mandi has struggled with these issues herself, and she has practical strategies to deal with distractions.
Some of Mandi's tips for time management include doing your most important tasks first, creating a detailed schedule for your time, and using tools to prevent you from surfing the Internet when you should be working.
I also love her tip to procrastinate productively. If you are putting off doing something, at least find something else on your to do list to do instead so you are still being productive. Even seasoned work at home moms will likely benefit from her time management tips.
Practical Steps for Success
At the end of the day, you are working at home, so if you have at home distractions, take care of those first. Mandi calls these annoying distractions "pressure points" and suggests you take care of them as quickly as possible.
If you are bothered because the bed is not made, make the bed first thing in the morning. If you don't like clutter everywhere, have a 15 minute cleaning blitz. Sometimes small actions like these that don't take much time can make a huge difference in how you feel throughout your work day.
Mandi also gives suggestions for tackling tasks that you dread, finding a laundry and cleaning routine, and taking steps to declutter so you have less "stuff" invading your surroundings.
This book is now available at Amazon for $4.99.
If you are a work at home mom looking for the best way to juggle your multiple responsibilities as well as to find joy in all of your roles as a woman rather than struggling to blend being a mom and a productive worker, this book is for you.
I have been a work at home mom for two years now, but as my business has grown, I find it increasingly more difficult to have enough time for my family and to get my work done. Mandi has clearly been there and done that, and she has some excellent strategies, which is why I highly recommend this book.Melissa, a mom to three little ones (ages 7, 3 and 1) blogs at Mom's Plans where she writes about living a fulfilling life on less and focuses on cutting expenses, budgeting, paying down debt, saving money and once a month cooking.