My sister, who is also a work at home mom, hates doing chores while working. Once she has a schedule set, she will forget everything else. If you force her to do chores when she’s on “work mode”, she becomes cranky, distracted, and would have a hard time getting back on track.
When I’m stuck on something, I use my break to do some chores. No, I don’t do this because I’m a martyr and I like punishing myself. There’s something about near-mindless physical labor like folding laundry or doing the dishes that helps me think when I’m stuck with a certain problem. And I usually better afterwards because I feel like I’ve achieved something (one chore down, wheee!!) and by then I’m able to figure out a solution to my problem.
When you’re a work at home mom, you can’t really avoid doing chores. Even if you have help at home (like other family members or a maid), there will always be chores that you have to do yourself. And regardless, when you’re a work at home mom you will need help with chores. Full time jobs at home can be just as draining as full time jobs outside the house.
The trick is figuring out whether these chores can help or hurt your productivity. Do chores help you think do you use chores as an excuse to not work? Do chores get in the way of your productivity or are they necessary breaks that help keep you focused and motivated?
When you’re a hands on parent, chores are a fact of life. And when you’re a work at home parent, you have to accept that being productive is not about doing everything in a day. For work at home parents, productivity is more about doing as much as you can given the time and the resources that you have.
For my sister, this meant putting chores on hold until she’s done with her work. That way, she knows she’s done all her obligations and at the end of the day she can focus on chores and her son. For me, this meant relinquishing some control over how things should be done around the house to my husband and our household help.
What do you think? Do chores hurt or help your productivity?