Having kids is a full-time job, so how on earth do you balance family and work in a mere 24 hours a day..and you’ll probably want to sleep too.
When I became a mom, I was freelancing from home as much as I could with a newborn in hand.
I literally worked with one arm while caring for my child with the other.
The bills needed to get paid, so that is what I had to do.
I worked in my pj’s, and went hours and hours without eating a thing just to stay focused.
Definitely not a balanced work from home routine.
As it has not been a few years since that time, I have become quite efficient at creating systems that allow room for self-care (eating!), being a mommy, cleaning the home, and working on my hustles.
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Finding Balance As A Work At Home Mom
Everyone has a different way of living.
Some have the villager to wake up at 9am or later because their children enjoy sleeping.
Others wake up at 4am because that’s when the kids wake up.
Some mothers clean the house once a week, and others clean every hour.
Everyone is different and the amount of work we can all fit into our daily lives along with the demands of our families will vary.
If you truly want to create a work from home schedule that works for you, you’ll have to take a long hard look at your current day hour by hour and evaluate your situation.
You’ll find that you may have to sacrifice some time in the day working on your business and putting your child in front of the television so you can complete an important task.
Don’t let that mom guilt get in the way.
You’re an excellent mommy, and you need to make money so that you can continue to provide a roof over your family.
Even though it’s hard, it doesn’t mean you cannot be a great mom and a successful entrepreneur.
In fact, working from home means showing your kids that it’s alright to follow your dreams and work hard to make your dreams come true.
Productivity Hacks To Work From Home
Get In The Right Mindset
As moms, it is easy to downplay our online business dreams.
Remember that you’re not just making a little money online. You are working from home, creating a business and making money for your family.
Own it. You are a business owner, and you will succeed.
Have A Solid Plan
You’ll want to create a full on plan for your business so you know exactly what you need to do and when in order to hit your goals.
If you have a plan, you’ll have a list of tasks that you need to accomplish.
You’ll also know how long your tasks take to complete and so you’ll be able to take a 15 minute opportunity in your day to complete that one task.
Get Up Before The Kids
Use that time before the kids wake up to complete your hardest tasks. Even if it’s 30 minutes before your first child is demanding breakfast, you can get a solid 30 minute difficult task started, if not finished.
I find I am much more clear headed in the morning, especially if I’ve already done all the planning for the task that I’m about to take on at 5am.
Getting up before the kids is life changing.
Tackle Hardest Task First
It is so hard to finally get to that task that you keep putting off because it either takes too long or takes a lot of effort.
Honestly, those are the tasks that need to get done first. If you can get them out of the way, you’re on a roll baby and you can do anything.
It’s almost like a high, and adrenaline rush when I complete a difficult task. It’s like i’m proud of myself for doing something hard, even though I do hard stuff everyday. You can work off that feeling for a while and be extra productive!
Create A Schedule
Creating a schedule may very well be the toughest task as a work at home mom. Kids are unpredictable, life is crazy busy and honestly, you’re probably so exhausted you don’t even know when there is time to get working on your business.
It is however, a good idea to have a general idea of what your work at home life looks like. Of course it will not be consistent and some days will completely go out the window but having a schedule written out can help you get more done.
Here is my work at home schedule, this works even when my kids are home for the summer.
6am Wake Up
6:15am-8am Work On Business
8am Get breakfast For Kids
9am Tidy Up Home, Get Dressed
10am Go Out For An Adventure
1pm – 3pm – Play with Kids Outside / Go Out / Grocery Shop / Arts And Crafts (Whatever we want)
3pm-4pm – Quiet Time/ Lay Around Be Lazy (yeah for everyone, I’m not Superman)
4pm-5pm – Quick Business Task Before Starting Dinner
6pm-8pm – Dinner and Bedtime Hustle
8pm-11pm- Work On Business
as you can see, my day is busy, I spend a lot of time with the kids and yet I also have a lot of time devoted to my business. It is possible!
Create Distraction Free Work Space
When you are in the mindset to work, make sure your work space is distraction free.
That could mean a clutter-free desk space or even having your phone in a different room so you don’t pop on Facebook for 5 minutes and waste an hour of your working time.
Include Time For Self Care
You are a working mom, but you are also a human being. Make sure you take time every morning to take care of yourself. Have that shower, wash your face, put on nice clothes and drink that cup of coffee while it’s still hot.
If you don’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of your children, your husband and your business?
Self care is important, and often forgotten when it comes to motherhood. Don’t let it happen to you. You are important, take care of yourself.
Brain Dump Through Overwhelm
If you’re feeling completely lost and overwhelmed with all the things on your to do list. Write them all out. You can then categorize them by importance and see if there are tasks that you can completely erase from your list altogether. (Love when that happens!)
Keep Kids Busy While You Work
If you are working while your kids are home and wide awake ( like I usually am) you’re going to have to have a game plan to keep the occupied.
I have a list of shows that I approve on Netflix for my 3 and 5-year-old boys, so I do not mind if they watch 3 episodes of the magic school bus and learn about hiccups, how trees grow and outer space.
Schedule Cleaning Times
Let’s face it, you’re not going to get any work done if you have chores to complete.
Create a time of day when you will complete your chores for the day and if the house gets messy while you work. that’s ok, deal with it later.
Try Automation Tools
Depending on your business, there may be some automation tools that can help you manage your tasks.
If you need to schedule tweets or Facebook posts, you can use a desktop or mobile app called Hootsuite.
If you need to automate 50 pins a day for Pinterest or set up an Instagram post to automatically post without prompting your phone, you can use a tool called Tailwind.
Remember That You Can’t Do It All, Or Even All At Once
One of the most importance productivity hacks I have is to remember that you cannot do it all or even all at once.
You are a mother, a wife, a homemaker, a human being. You are not superhuman and you cannot be expected to fulfill every demand that your day throws your way.
Be realistic when setting your goals and don’t be so hard on yourself if your day doesn’t pan out as you planned. Flexibility is key here.
Working from home will take some time to get used to. You won’t be able to create a perfect routine overnight. There are so many factors to consider when deciding when and how you will be able to work on your business. I hope these productivity tips helped you as much they have helped me this year. Leave me with your best productive work hack or tip in the comment section below. I love reading how other moms manage this work-life balance.