In this post we will help you create a work from home mom schedule that works for you.
Are you a mom who’s thinking about working from home? If so, you’re definitely not alone. A lot of moms are looking for ways to have more flexibility and control over their schedules. But if you’re like me, you quickly realize that working from home with kids is anything but easy. Finding a work from home mom schedule that works for everyone can be a challenge. But with a little bit of planning and organization, it’s definitely doable!
The truth is, working from home is definitely not for everyone. But if you can make it work, it can be a great way to have more flexibility and work the hours that fit your lifestyle.
Personally, I’ve been running my own business and working from home since before I had my kids. I now have two toddlers and learning how to plan my work from home schedule has been key to my success.
Can You Work From Home With A Baby Or Toddler?
If you’re a mom with young kids, you might be wondering if working from home is even possible. The answer is yes! But it definitely takes some extra planning and work to make it work.
The first thing you should consider is whether you believe you will be able to work from home while looking after a newborn or toddler. A few things to think about that can help decide how this plan will go include:
- If your work from home gig is full time or part time
- The age of your child/children
- How many children you will have at home while you’re working
- How many hours a day you realistically think you can work
- If you have family or friends close by to help with childcare
- Does your child nap?
- Your work and childcare schedule
- Whether or not you have help at home
- How flexible your work hours are.
All of these factors will play a role in whether working from home with a baby or toddler is right for you.
Work From Home Mom Schedule Ideas
Here are some tips to help you create a work from home mom schedule that works for you:
1. Figure out what hours you’ll be working.
This might be different depending on whether you’re working full-time or part-time. But try to be as specific as possible, and block off those hours in your calendar so your family knows when you’re busy and when you’re free.
2. Establish a routine.
This is especially important if you have young kids. Having a routine will help them know what to expect and will make it easier for them to adjust.
3. Make sure you have enough time for both work and family time.
It’s important to set boundaries and make sure your family knows that when you’re working, you’re working and not available for distractions. But at the same time, be sure to schedule plenty of time for just hanging out and relaxing together. If you have young kids at home while you’re working, consider hiring a babysitter for a few hours each week so you can focus on work without interruptions.
4. Get organized.
This is key for any type of work-from-home arrangement, but especially when you have kids around. Have a designated space for working, make a list of things you need to get done each day and try to stick to a schedule as much as possible.
Using a business planner to stay on track can save you so much time and energy. I love using my Small Business Planner to help me stay organized and on track both at work and at home.
5. Be prepared for disruptions.
Working from home always comes with some amount of unpredictability, so be prepared for things like sick kids, unexpected visitors, or just general chaos! Try to have a plan B in case things don’t go as planned. Also I highly recommend that you always prioritize your most important tasks first so that if something does come up, you know you’ve at least gotten the most important things done.
6. Use nap times wisely
If your kids take naps, use that time to work! It can be a great time to get some things done without interruption.
7. Wake up early to work
If you’re a morning person, consider getting up an hour or so earlier to work before the kids wake up. This can be a great time to get some things done without interruption.
8. Take advantage of evenings
Once the kids are in bed, you’ll likely have a few hours of uninterrupted time to work. Use this time wisely! But remember your boundaries and do not work every evening and too late into the night so that you can still get a good night’s sleep.
9. Hire a babysitter
If you have young kids at home while you’re working, consider hiring a babysitter for a few hours each week so you can focus on work without interruptions.
10. Plan your work day ahead of time
One of the best ways to stay productive when working from home is to plan your work day ahead of time. This way you can make sure you’re using your time wisely and getting things done.
11. Hire help when you need it
If you find yourself struggling to balance work and family life, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Hiring a babysitter, housekeeper or even a virtual assistant can free up some much-needed time so you can focus on work.
12. Remain flexible
Finally, remember to remain flexible. Things will come up and things will change, so try to go with the flow as much as possible.
How To Organize Your Work From Home Space With Kids
A common issue parents face when working from home is finding a balance between carving out a work area for themselves and yet being able to keep an eye on their children. If you don’t have an extra room in your house for an office, that’s okay! There are plenty of other ways to create a workable space.
Here are a few ideas:
-Set up a workstation in a corner of your bedroom
-Use a spare closet as a mini office
-Create a workspace in your living room
-Turn your dining room table into a work desk
-Set up an office in the basement.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure your workstation is comfortable. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office. It’s well worth it to buy a nice chair and desk (if required).
Working from home can be a great way to have more flexibility with your schedule, but it definitely takes some adjustment! With these tips, hopefully, you’ll be able to create a work from home mom schedule that works well for both you and your family!