Tips on how to effectively work from home

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Tips on how to effectively work from home

Balancing the responsibility of working and motherhood is a tricky thing for anybody. I struggle with it constantly. And the more I go through each day of my life with my toddler girls, I’m finding that balance is a scary word to use, because it gives you the false perception of having everything lined up organized every single day. Working from home is a tough thing for a mother because what I found happens to me is that I will make time to be at my computer, but then even if you have a babysitter in the house, you hear the kids yelling, playing, laughing, and even though you’re not supposed to mentally be with the kids, you are still mentally with the kids behind your computer. What works for me is to pick and choose days where I am working, even if I am working from home. For instance, I’ll hire a babysitter and say, this day is a work day. I am leaving the house physically. I am going into my back office, whatever my plan is. And I am going to work. I am not going to come out and say hi to the kids. I’m not going to play with the kids. I’m not going to react if I hear someone yelling or screaming. I am going to pretend that I am physically away from the children so I can focus on work today. Another day though, I’ll choose to be a family day where I don’t do anything that has to do with work. I won’t be checking my phone. I won’t be checking my emails. I won’t be sitting on my laptop and the computer trying to work while the girls are playing or having lunch. I have to pick and choose my priorities and focus on them as they are available to me. That’s how I balance the working at home thing. It works for me that way.

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Jill Simonian

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Jill Simonian is a Television Host and Mom & Family Lifestyle Expert. As Founder/Blogger of the fresh and motivating online resource, Jill inspires women to keep life focused, fun and as close to fabulous as possible after having babies (with tons of funny fails) through her own personal tales of motherhood. A mom to two girls under the age of 4, Jill's relatable personality and social media wit scored her the gig of Mom-Lifestyle Expert for Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" daytime show for 2013-2014. She frequently appears on HLN, E!, KTLA-5's Morning News (Los Angeles) and HuffPostLive dishing about celebrity parents, sparking hot-topic debate and sharing personal tips and products about all-things babies, motherhood and parenting. Jill contributes blogs and videos to top online parenting sites (Right Start, Momversation, Modern Mom), has been a 'spokesmom' for branded digital campaigns (Target, T-Mobile, Lance Snacks, Bel Brands) and co-hosted MSN's video series Her Say (2011) alongside the mother of all mom-bloggers, Soleil Moon Frye. Jill is a polished speaker, emcee and panel moderator for corporate and motivational events alike (including Skechers USA and Maria Shriver’s CA Women’s Conference). Prior to having children, Jill racked up hundreds of celebrity interviews as a full-time entertainment reporter and hosted a multitude of lifestyle and entertainment news programs airing on HLN/CNN ("Showbiz Tonight"), KTLA-5 ("Sneaks," KTLA's "Morning News"), Travel Channel ("America's Worst Driver"), ReelzChannel ("Dailies", "The Big Tease") and more. Jill is a specially-selected member of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Digital Philanthropic Committee and is truly having a blast keeping life 'fabulous' with her husband (a pediatric surgeon) and their two wildly opinionated toddlers… fails and all.

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