Being a work-from-home mom has been one of the biggest blessings. Like everything else in life, it has its challenges. However, over the course of the last few years, I’ve found that there are some key things I can do to help me better balance my work and my home life throughout the day. I’m sharing these 7 tips for work-from-home moms in hopes they will help you too!
Start your day off right by preparing the night before. Every evening I do a quick lap around the house to tidy up, picking up any stray toys, ensuring there are no dishes left in the sink and putting away any laundry. Waking up to a messy house makes me feel like I’m already behind on my day. Taking those 5 minutes the night before helps immensely.
Programming my coffee maker for the next morning is also a big help. Getting out of bed is a lot easier to do when you know there’s a pot of freshly-brewed coffee waiting for you!
GET UP EARLY (EVEN EARLIER THAN YOUR KIDS)
I am not a morning person so waking up between 5 – 5:30 a.m. is a challenge. Ironically, that is what makes it so necessary. I’m a much better mom if I have some quiet time to myself in the a.m. I can drink my coffee and get a head start on my work before my little ones are up. If I wake up with them and have to tend to them before my brain is fully awake, I feel overwhelmed before my day has even begun. So much so that I’ve even made it a habit to set my alarm on most weekends too (watching Book Club at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday is surprisingly enjoyable).
Being a work-from-home mom, it is easy to get caught up in your to-do list, and find that it’s 4:00 p.m. and you’re still in your pajamas with bed hair. I feel infinitely more productive when I’m dressed. And if I put on shoes and makeup too, I’m unstoppable!
SCHEDULE ADULT TIME
Being a work-from-home mom can be very isolating and lonely. Making time for date night or lunch with friends on the weekend can help you feel connected, encouraged and reinvigorated.
CREATE A DESIGNATED WORKSPACE
I was evicted from my home office when my son was born and now work from the dining table or kitchen counter most days. Although I myself have not followed this tip for working from home, I realize how important it is. Having a desk is more comfortable and ensures your “office” doesn’t spill out into other parts of your home.
FIND A ROUTINE THAT WORKS AND STICK TO IT
Being a work-from-home mom with my daughter was pretty easy, especially the first year. She played well by herself and took long naps. I had a decent amount of quiet time to really focus. Then I could shift my focus to her when she was awake and needed me. My son, on the other hand, doesn’t believe in alone time or napping. However, I’ve learned he’ll play well by himself right after breakfast and if I want him to nap, it has to be immediately after that. So I do my best to ensure I’m home and keeping that routine for him. Though it may evolve over time, find the routine that works for you and your family.
Though having a routine is key, there will be days where you need to be flexible and go a different route. Sometimes my brain just can’t focus or my son is teething and fussy. Taking some one-on-one time to play with him or getting us out of the house even for an hour helps.
Above all remember, whether you work, stay at home, or work from home, motherhood is challenging. And none of those options are easy. Just do your best, offer yourself some grace and take some time to slow down and enjoy your kids. Regardless of our career choices, time with our kids is finite and lessening by the day. Be sure to kick the routine to the curb every now and then and take time to enjoy them and have some fun!
Which of the 7 tips for work-from-home moms did you find most helpful? Do you have any good tips for moms who work from home? Let us know in the comments below!