Time Saving Schedule for the Work at Home Mom

Moms, we are everything to everyone. In my house, I’m the chef, maid, chauffer, therapist, coach, teacher and the list goes on and on {this is WITH an extremely supported and devoted partner}. Guess what?!?! I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a mother is by far and away my greatest gift. Working from home, especially as a mother, can be challenging, but with some organization things can run much smoother.

The Importance of Having a Schedule

Keeping a strict schedule for both your personal and professional life can help tremendously. For me, one of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis is, when am I going to work? How am I going to have time to be the “fun” Mom? I need to be able to get dinner on the table at a certain time,  help my son with his homework, give both children a bath, put them to bed etc… Scheduling even the smallest detail of your day to day life changes the game. In my schedule I incorporate the following:

  • Weekly tasks {Business}
    • Monday: Writing, editing, posting, and image creation
    • Tuesday: Tailwind Scheduling & promotion
    • Wednesday: Manually pinning {I love to mix Tailwind and manually pinning as part of my Pinterest Strategy}
    • Thursday: Brainstorming. I try to pre-plan my posts weeks in advance in case something comes up. You can learn more about this strategy in my goals post.
    • Friday: Pre-write and organize 2-4 blog posts.
    • Saturday & Sunday: Family time

Business Hours

Since my days of owning my online jewelry boutique I struggled with the notion of “business” hours. First and foremost, I’m a Mom, so how in the world am I supposed to keep business hours? Well, my secret to this is flexibility. As Work at Home Mom’s, we are blessed with the option that we can work where and whenever we find the time. Basically, that means we do not need to keep normal  business hours, like a 9-5 job would have, instead we can set our own hours to fit our own schedules.  Truth be told, when I first started working from home, I struggled with this notion big time, and I mean BIG TIME! I started my first business when my son, who right now is almost 7, was only 4 months old. I constantly found myself working between feedings, laundry, cooking, playtime, bedtime, and everything else in between. {I’m sure you’ve been there too}. I knew if I didn’t take my business seriously and make it a top priority it would not be a success. Guilt nearly killed me. If I made my business my top priority, wouldn’t it negatively affect my infant son? Wouldn’t my husband start to feel neglected? Nope! In fact, it was the exact opposite.  By making MY business my top priority (after my son and husband of course), I was able to give my son 100% of my attention when I was not working, and I felt like I put in a complete day of work as opposed to feeling like I was always running at 50% and constantly debating whether or not I did enough work.

How did I find this balance you ask? Two very simple but very powerful words, BUSINESS HOURS. With my son getting older by the minute, I didn’t want to miss a second of his development, so I planned to have my business hours before he woke up, while he napped and after his bedtime. During my sons infant years this worked great, and when my daughter was born I went back to this same schedule. As they got older I tweaked my schedule to fit my family’s needs. One of the advantages of working from home is having the ability to be flexible so you can dedicate your time and focus on your family commitments.

Moms & Schedules

As a Mom, it can be extremely daunting to keep business hours running smoothly due to unforeseen circumstances such as a sick child, unexpected visitors, appointments and emergencies, or for lack of a better word LIFE! It is important to keep a schedule whenever possible; I found my productivity increased exponentially with scheduling my day. The best part? I had many of my nights and my weekends free once I stuck to my business hours. Creating your business hours is important for building your own business, but sticking to them are essential for success.  Are there days where my schedule goes by the waste side? Of course! It’s going to happen. Do NOT beat yourself up over it – start fresh the following day. Here’s an example of one of my daily schedules.

Daily Schedule

I try to keep this schedule Monday – Thursday. I keep Friday – Sunday as open as possible, but there are many, and I mean MANY Friday’s I find myself working even harder.

5:45am – Wake up, coffee, answer emails, manually pin

6:45am – Simone wakes up (on a good day, sometimes its when I wake up)

7:15am – Get Tyler up, fed & dressed for school

7:50am – School drop off

8:30am – Breakfast with Simone

9am-12pm – Write/Work while Simone plays. ***This is new since over the holiday break we transformed my home office into a play room/office. Now Simone can work with me.

12:30-1pm – Lunch with Simone

1- 1:15pm – Manually pin

1:15- 3:00pm  – Scheduled activity with Simone

3:15pm – School pick up

3:30-4:30pm – Kids play and I check in with my social media platforms. **I try to do this throughout the day if and when possible**

4:30-5:30pm – Dinner prep

6:00pm – Dinner

6:00-7:00pm – Continued family time

7:00-8:00pm – Bath, book, bed

8:00-10:00pm – Time with Joe or if he’s working late, extra work time

Give Yourself Credit

Blogging can be done in a few hours per week, but in the beginning its going to take you a lot of time to get things set up correctly. Once you get everything up and running, it is important to remain dedicated. At first glance, it may appear that I schedule my Mommy time with my children, but I put it on paper strictly to keep me focused. As I mentioned I have the added bonus of a an office/playroom. In addition, I have a full-time sitter on Monday’s for Simone, so I try to get a bulk of my work done, which allows me to keep the above schedule for the remainder of the week. If you do not have access to a babysitter, DON’T FRET, you can still run a successful and profitable blog, it’s all about organizing and scheduling your time to better suit your immediate needs. Over the past few months, many of those weeks I was without a babysitter and I still managed to have full and productive work weeks. If you have the availability to have a separate work area, set it up. Having a separate area to work, helps in keeping your business hours, schedule, and will put you on the path to success much quicker. Let the men have their caves, I am more than happy with my chateau.

 

Planner Makes Perfect

As you may have guessed I’m an old school kind of gal. I know, I know. What in the world does this mean? It means I do not rely on my phone, tablet or computer to keep me on my schedule or work plans. I use an old fashioned paper planner. *GASP* A paper planner in 2018? You must be kidding. NOPE. I write everything down in my Erin Condren LifePlanner. Using a paper planner ensures I stick to my schedule and weekly business plan. Honestly, I would be lost without my planner.

By writing everything down on paper, you not only get to see your thoughts becoming words, but believe it or not, writing with a pen or pencil, will give you a greater sense of accomplishment and intimacy to your own work. Sometimes self satisfaction cannot be explained but this analogy might do the trick. Some foods taste better than others, however, taste is solely an opinion. Good tasting or bad tasting, doesn’t refer to one thing in particular. There are many components to creating a meal, the ingredients and recipe play a major role. However, the most important thing when dealing with cooking food, is the person cooking it. If my husband and I cook a dish and do it the exact same way, and I mean every single thing the same. Due to self satisfaction, when tasting both dishes, I will be the first to say how much better my dish tastes. Now is this true, does my dish even taste different? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing I am one thousand percent positive on, is that anything I do, I will be my biggest fan or harshest critic. The larger the self satisfaction, the larger the sense of accomplishment, which will lead to more success which then will lead to more profits. Something as insignificant as writing on a piece of paper can lead to a reward that is unmeasurable. Just remember the littlest pebble can still create the largest wave.

 

 

 

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