It’s no secret that one of the biggest struggles that I have as a work from home mom is how to balance my time. And many of you are starting to feel that burden too.
There’s so much that I’d like to conquer, but it can be challenging to even get started on my to-do list with a two year old demanding my attention at all hours of the day.
So how can us mommies ( or dads or guardians) be successful at home and still be the best, attentive parents that we need to be?
While I don’t have all the answers for you, I have come up with a few solutions that work out great for me (and now my husband) and I’m excited to share them with you today.
Ranked to do list
Making a ranked to do list has been one of the most useful things I’ve brought into my routine. While I have always made to do list, ranking out my priorities for the day allows me to see what I value having done the most.
I work on these task first, and even if these are the only task I get to for the day, I feel such a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re looking for a good to do list, I offer a free one here!
Having a Schedule
Having a set schedule that you can refer to is going to be your biggest help when it comes to working remote with your child.
This isn’t to say that you’re going to follow this schedule to a T every day. Often times, I find that I need to bit a bit flexible. Some days, there ends up being a conference call during play and education time. Other days, Edison needs way more attention and work needs to be set aside for a period of time.
But having a schedule that I can refer to easily allows me to get back on track when life goes array. If I get off track for two hours, I can easily refer to my schedule to see what I should be doing next.
I have a sample of my work day schedule free to download here. Feel free to download it and modify it for your needs!
Section out your day
I generally work 4-6 hours a day.
Two hours in the morning before Edison wakes up, two hours during nap time, and if I still have more to do, two hours at night. Breaking my time up like this can be frustrating at points, but it allows me blocks of uninterrupted time both in business and with my kids.
And when I know I only have two hours to complete a certain task, I feel like I can hone in my focus a bit better and plan out the steps I need to finish what I need to in the time frame that I’m given.
And when I’m not able to complete a task, at least I know when I’ll be able to pick it back up.
Prep the night before
I have found that when I treat working at home like going into the office, things run a bit more smooth for me. So every night I make sure I have clothes laid out for the next day. I also ‘pack’ us a lunch and prep breakfast.
Yes, I most likely will be home all day, but by having our clothes and food already prepped and ready to go, I save myself so much time and I’m more quickly able to get back to work while still making sure Edison gets everything he needs.
With so many now working from home for the foreseeable future, figuring out that balance between parenthood and boss life is essential. We all want to give our littles unlimited attention, but we also need to keep up with our daily work as well.
While these are just some general tips on how to organize your day, they have gone a long way in helping me stay on top of my work and I hope they can do the same for you.
Let me know if you give any of these tips a try and tag me on IG with any help tips and advice that have worked for you.