How To Schedule Your Day As A Work From Home Mom
If you follow along with my posts on Instagram, then you probably saw my BIG announcement recently - in a few short weeks I will officially be a work-from-home mom!
As I'm sure you can imagine, my husband and I are beyond excited about this huge change in our lives. I am day dreaming already about all the time I can spend with our little one, dedicate towards our home, and invest in just being a better wife and mom.
However, it will definitely be a change, and while I am excited about being at home I STILL have work to get done. Our daughter is three years old and as energetic as they come, so I know that work days with her at home will be a bit of a balancing act. As a mom, I want to make sure that I am still dedicating as much time and energy in her as possible. As a business owner, I also need to make sure that my clients are well taken care of and my work remains quality and is completed in a timely manner.
As a working mom who has experience with both working outside and inside of the home, there is a big difference in how you schedule your day. As a nurse, I never took work home with me and occasionally went into work for meetings on my day off. However, as a creative business mom, my work is always at home so creating a schedule that balances both personal and business life will be extremely important!
If you are not YET a work from home mom but hope to be soon, then I highly encourage you to start implementing a schedule as soon as possible. If you ARE a work form home mom and struggle with creating a schedule then I hope this helps!
Prioritize Recurring Daily Activities
When I made out my schedule for working from home, I knew there were specific things that I would want to accomplish every day. These are activities that are important to me and creating a routine. While it's OK if they are skipped on occasion, they are activities that I would really like to get into the habit of accomplishing. This list should NOT be detailed or overly extensive, these are just several things that you want to make a part of your usual routine. My recurring daily activities are:
- Clean & laundry
- Kenna's craft time/daily lesson
- Business work
Determine How Much Time Is Needed For Each Daily Activity
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and most work days are made of 8 hours. As a work from home mom, we are fortunate to have a very LIMITED commute time which adds extra time to our "work" day. For me, I will be adding an extra 90 minutes to my day by no longer commuting to and from work.
As a work from home mom, I now have to determine exactly how much time should be dedicated to work each day in order to achieve everything on my to-do list and also decide how much time I will have available (or need to make available) for other tasks in my day. Here is how my time is broken down according to each of my daily activities:
- Workout (45 minutes)
- Clean & laundry (1 hour)
- Kenna's craft time/daily lesson (2 hours)
- Business work (7 hours)
As a photo editor, my work varies depending on the season of the year. As I edit primarily wedding photos, I will see a peak during April and May and then again in September and October. For me, those four months may consist of a different schedule entirely. My work days may range from 7-10 hours as needed in order to complete all of my editing. However, during the other eight months out of the year, my work days may range from 4-8 hours, or there may be days where I won't work at all (happy dance!)
Schedule Each Daily Activity In The Best Time Available
If there is something that I REALLY want to accomplish but don't exactly love doing (like working out) then it has to be done in the mornings. Therefore, I know that mornings are the best time available to schedule my daily workout in order to make sure it is actually getting done. Your daily activities should fall into a time slot when you know you can consistently accomplish them. Like I mentioned, mornings are typically my most productive part of the day so I tend to schedule some of my least favorite things then. On the other hand, I typically feel the most creative later in the afternoon when my brain has had a chance to wake up and start working through the day. For me, this is the perfect time to sit down and write a blog or start editing. My time for each activity looks like this:
- Workout - 6:00 AM
- Clean & laundry - 8:00 AM
- Craft & daily lesson - 9:00 AM
- Business work - 11:00 AM
Put It All Together To Create A Daily Schedule
The beautiful thing about working from home is that each day doesn't HAVE to look the same. However, in order to stay productive I have found that creating a routine schedule helps to eliminate any "surprises" and keeps me on track. I love to leave a little wiggle room in my schedule for any changes or just spontaneity. On the other hand, I also love knowing that my house will stay tidy, my daughter has some of my complete attention, and my work will get done because of my consistent schedule. Now that we have determined what these daily recurring activities are, how much time they will require and the best available time to complete them, it's time to put everything together and see just what a daily schedule looks like:
- Wake up/breakfast & devotional - 4:30 AM
- Emails/work - 5:00 AM
- Workout - 6:00 AM
- Get ready - 6:45 AM
- Kenna wakes up - 7:30 AM
- Breakfast - 7:30 AM
- Clean/laundry - 8:00 AM
- Craft/daily lesson - 9:00 AM
- Business work - 11:00 AM
- Lunch - 12:00 PM
- Business work - 1:00 PM
- Start dinner - 4:00 PM
- Dinner - 5:00 PM
Give Yourself Grace
Out of ALL of the bullet points listed above, this may be one of the most important. In my life, most days at home with my little one will be just me and her. My husband has an irregular work schedule but even on his days off, he tends to do things outside at least until the afternoon. Our days won't always look perfect and there will be days that include grocery shopping or running errands so the schedule will be changed accordingly. In the summer, I know craft time will quickly turn into playing outside and on busy days I may have to sneak in a little work.
Other days, my little one may spend the afternoon at the sitter so mommy can get even more work done or (sadly) before I know it she will be starting school and our schedule will look completely different altogether.
So as a soon to be work from home mom, I am trying to prepare myself for a routine, efficient schedule but I am also preparing to give myself grace. Because that will be the beauty of this new change after all.