One of the most difficult aspects of being a mom is that you don’t always get credit for what you’ve achieved during the day. You did the dishes, but fresh ones appeared almost immediately.
You cleaned and sorted the toys, but all of your hard work was undone the moment the youngster awoke. Did anyone notice that you folded and put away the laundry?
This is one of the reasons why so many mothers establish a side business. It’s nice to have something outside of parenting where your efforts are appreciated or reimbursed.
But what if you’re stuck in your home company and feel like you’re spinning your wheels?
You may not notice quick results, and you may wonder what you’re doing with your day!
That’s how I used to feel on most days. I’d work my tail off from the time I woke up till I laid my head on my pillow, but I’d have no idea what I’d done.
Then I read Miracle Morning and decided to switch up my morning routine. I knew I needed a schedule, or at the very least a basic idea of one, and I eventually created one.
Now, when I go home from work, I know precisely what I did and what I need to accomplish the next day. It’s been a fantastic opportunity for me to advance my company.
I’m here to help if you’re a work-at-home mom who knows she needs a routine but doesn’t know where to start.
Intrinsic Structure Freedom
I’m a big fan of personality tests and frameworks, and one thing I’ve discovered about myself through studying my personality type is that I despise being told what to do. My calendar is included in this. If I have too much on my plate, I feel suffocated.
I have complete flexibility as a stay-at-home parent to do anything I want on any given day. That makes me happy.
It may, however, soon devolve into chaos. When children are unsure of what to expect, they appear to become more irritable. I feel upset when I don’t know when I’ll be able to fit in some writing time.
Setting some order to our days has helped me be more productive while raising happy children. We all know what to anticipate, but we still have the option to switch things up if we become bored.
Setting up a routine for your days, as well as your weeks is beneficial. Within this rhythm, you’ll have a lot of freedom to do whatever you want at any time.
For example, during my afternoon sleep and quiet time, I check social media, respond to emails, and polish blog entries. Maybe one Monday I’m feeling particularly inspired to approach places and companies about collaborating.
I could be dragging on Thursday, so I utilise that time to communicate with people on Instagram. My rebel personality still has a lot of leeways.
You may make your framework as detailed as you want it if you are someone who thrives on order and habit.
Identify Your Primary Work Period
Knowing when the time of day you can get the most undisturbed work done with a fresh mind is the most crucial component of building your work-at-home mom work plan.
I’ve chosen to make 5:00 am – 6:30 am my writing time since I’m much more creative in the morning and all of my kids are now sleeping through the night.
I make a cup of coffee, read a short devotion, and then write as much as I can before my children are permitted to leave their rooms. (Invest in an OK to Wake Clock if you haven’t already.)
You’ll have to do some training with your children, but it’ll be worth it. Maybe you’re more productive once the kids have gone to bed.
Great! Perhaps your children do exceptionally well during afternoon naps and quiet time. Make use of it! Simply choose what works best for you at this time in your life. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for a half-hour.
Identify Your Secondary Work Time
I work best in the morning, but I can also get some work done during afternoon naps/quiet time and after the kids have gone to bed. During these times, I’m usually a little wearier and less focused, therefore I choose more administrative or simple jobs.
When my youngest boy naps and my 3-year-old is in quiet time, I know I’ll be able to get a little work done, but I’ll be continuously interrupted by requests for food, toilet assistance, or a visit to view his newest Magnatile construction.
Because being stopped when writing is annoying, I prefer to email, edit images, add links to blog entries, or connect on social media instead.
I might have a few minutes after the kids have gone to bed to play on the internet before my husband and I watch a TV together, so I’ll utilise that time to post on Instagram and Facebook.
Maybe I’ll do some Pinterest manual pinning. It’s not difficult, and I can do some of it while watching TV.
These additional work periods are convenient, but I know that even if I don’t get much done during them, my day will still feel productive.
Sample Work at Home Mom Schedule
As a stay-at-home parent who also works from home, I’ve been following this routine for the past year or so.
To give you some context, I have a kindergarten-aged child to pick up in the morning, a 3-year-old who does not sleep but does have quiet time, and a 1-year-old who takes one nap after lunch.
4:50 am – My phone rings and my alarm goes off. I get out of bed, make a cup of coffee, and sip some water. On the YouVersion Bible app, I read a small devotion and a piece of scripture.
5:00 am – Write blog entries, subscriber emails, or freelancing pieces.
My kids are permitted out of bed at 6:30 am, so I put my work away. Breakfast should be served to the children, and everyone should be dressed and ready for the day.
7:30 am – The “kid of the day” is allowed to choose a show. I shower, put on makeup, and get dressed while they are distracted.
8:00 am – Get in the car and go to school with my kindergartener.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We generally do anything we want: free play, park, library, outings, walks…we basically do whatever we want!
Unless the boys are occupied and I can slip in a 5-minute activity, I don’t get any work done at this time. The only time I deviate is when I have a freelancing deadline to meet.
In such a situation, I work in the same room as the lads. This is a relatively unusual event since it doesn’t operate very well.
12:00 pm – it’s time for lunch!
1:00 pm – The 1-year-old naps, while the 3-year-old gets quiet time in a separate room. After approximately an hour of work, I let the 3-year-old out. If I’m still concentrated on something, I’ll let the 3-year-old play or eat while I finish off my task.
3:00 pm – By this time, the 1-year-old is generally awake, so we go for a stroll or play outside.
At 5:00 pm – I begin preparing dinner. We normally eat at 5:30 pm.
6:30 pm – Bedtime stories, teeth brushing, and pyjamas.
Bedtime begins at 7:00 pm (We’re all aware that this procedure can take up to an hour.)
8:00 pm – Work on social media.
8:30 pm – Watch TV or spend time with my spouse, then go to bed around 9:30 pm.
What you do Daily is more Important than what you do Regularly
As a stay-at-home mom, this is reassuring. Some days the kids are ill, someone doesn’t sleep, or errands take longer than expected.
That’s when I remind myself that what I do daily is more important than what I do sometimes. Every day, my regular routine deposits coin into the figurative piggy bank. It’s not a big deal if I miss a couple of days.
That is why, as a stay-at-home parent, I value having a regular schedule. It holds me accountable, and I enjoy seeing how these tiny acts of production and labour up over the course of a year.