So when did the work at home mom bug hit me?When I later switched my degree to Marketing Management, I began working as a freelance writer and WordPress web designer for small businesses. It’s something I continue to do now, and that’s when it hit me. As I found myself wanting more flexibility than a traditional in-office job would provide, the idea of becoming a work at home mom clicked into place. Learning why other moms stumbled onto the same path is still something that fascinates me—I’d love to hear your story, too! Many moms find working from home to be a more fulfilling way to balance a career with the needs of their family—they tend to miss less of the little spontaneous moments that happen throughout the day and avoid some of the pain points of working outside the home, like commuting. However, being a work at home mom also comes with its own unique set of challenges. Whether you’re planning to take the leap or you’re already established, creating a work at home mom schedule and applying some of these realistic strategies will dramatically improve your productivity and happiness.
- How to Create a Work at Home Mom Schedule that Works
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- Work at Home Mom Advice from Real Moms
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Benefits of Time BlockingTime blocking is the practice of blocking off a set amount of time for a specific task. Rather than try to multitask, time blocking focuses you on a single task at a time which is by far a more productive use of your time than multitasking. Researchers at Stanford University looked at multitaskers and found that they were less productive than those who focused on one task at a time. Reporting the findings of the study, Adam Gorlick in his article in the Stanford Report notes, “By doing less, you might accomplish more.” Benefits of Time blocking:
- Completely devote your focus to a single task at a time
- Better focus means better results
- Improve your overall productivity
- Decrease your stress levels
- More effectively balance the demands of work and your children
- Better quality time with your family
- Create a schedule like I mentioned above—really, it’s a lifesaving tip!
- Get your family on their own routine and be as consistent as possible every day.
- Designate a home office or desk area where you can work privately when needed.
- Purchase mobile devices that can move from your desk to the playroom with ease.
- Schedule breaks for work-free interaction with your kids.
“I track my time just like I would if I had a traditional job! It helps me keep track of how much I’ve done, which gives me a sense of accomplishment, and knowing that the clock is running helps me stay on task and avoid distractions.” Melinda Ashley, The Unfrazzled Mama
“I’m constantly reminding myself why I’m doing what I’m doing, but especially so when I’m faced with tasks I don’t enjoy or am tired of. It helps to keep the big picture in mind.” Susana Serer, Pregged
“Have set hours/days for work and don’t let that time creep into your “mom” time. As important as it is for your kids to see you as a hardworking mother, it’s even more important for them to see you as a PRESENT mother.” Adrianna Tucker, Get Healthy with Adrianna
“When I have time to myself I have to plan out exactly what I’m going to do. Otherwise, I end up just scrolling Facebook or Instagram.” Niki Howlett, Toot’s Mom is Tired
“Have a solid morning routine with mindset, journaling, and exercise to fill your own cup first.” Misty Shaheen, Health and Lifestyle Strategist
“Some days a walk to the park can make all the difference. Pack a lunch, pack your laptop, and set up shop on a picnic table while the kids run and yell.” Sarah Crosley-Schultz, The Creative Boss
“Plan your most important task the day before and plan it in a time slot for reactive and miscellaneous tasks. Also, don’t go on social media until your most important task is done!” Gemma Gilbert, Business Coach
“Time blocking has been huge for me. I brain dump a list and then schedule hour-by-hour the tasks in my list. It forces me to realize that I can’t get EVERYTHING done at once and keeps me accountable during that time to work on it! “ Kaitlyn Pierce, Pierce Social
“Focus on what you do best and outsource the rest. This includes house cleaning and business tasks. You can’t do it all so focus on what brings you the most joy and money!” Pamela Meister, Hunt Wisely
- Download a free copy of Fifteen Tips to Help You Get It Together 15 Minutes At A Time
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- Listen to The Live Free Podcast from Micala Quinn
- Read Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro by Dana Malstaff
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