Our first son just started kindergarten and with the new schedules I have learned how important flexibility is to my sanity while working at home.
Being the first year of school and wanting to volunteer in his class, parents need to join the PTA to participate. We joined and then came the first PTA meeting. It was suppose to have Starbuck's coffee and last only one hour. Neither of those happened.
Two hours later with information overload and craving for Starbucks, I realized my work schedule for the day was slowly being diminished. I had a few choices; freak out, leave or be flexible. I choose to stay and realized one of the keys of working from home is flexibility as we move through this school year and the years to follow.
I need to be reminded that nothing runs on schedule. If you are a tightly strung person, get loose or you'll snap. Everything is written in sand and if a gust of wind comes it isn't the end of the world. And don't get attached to your schedule because it will change.
Here's my plan for shifting and changing schedules:
1. Go with the flow and don't get stuck in the change.
2. Still plan but know all will change.
3. Plan big just in case everything goes as planned.
4. Have a must, want and wish list for you schedule.
As I was writing this article another life event happened. My mother became ill and was hospitalized for a week. She's home now but it threw a curve ball into our schedule for a week. I had to put all the above to good use. I truly needed to be flexible to remain sane and give needed support. I brought my laptop to the hospital and was also able to give support and work.
As we work and live our lives things will always happen. It's how we respond and move forward as they happen which makes the difference. If living a sane successful life is important to you, then flexibility is the key to sanity.
Anita Knaack is an entrepreneurial network marketing mom of two. She fully believes and successfully lives a life of both business and family. To learn more on living a full life of both click here http://www.lessworkmorefamily.com