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Being a work at home mom isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Building a business takes dedication, commitment, and a lot of hard work. Being a work at home mom is harder than a normal job because you also have kids to take care of at the same time. You need a work at home mom schedule that works for you.
I’ve been a full time work at home mom for a little over a year now and I know everything it takes to create a workable schedule. A schedule will keep you on track to do everything that needs to be done.
Full Time Work At Home
I spent about 6 months working 60 hours a week at a job while starting my blog and business. After that I spent another 6 months working part time while building my blog and business. So when it came time for me to be a full time work at home mom I was in for a shock.
I had been working so much for so long that it was a complete shock to my system about one week into my new career.
It was a Tuesday morning, I woke up at 8 am with my kid, got my cup of coffee, sat down on my sofa and realized I had nowhere to go that day. All I had to do was work on my business.
The day was mine, I could do what I want, and suddenly I felt completely lost. I had achieved my goal of becoming a full time work at home mom. I worked my butt off for a year to get here and now I was lost.
My schedule was changed and my goal was accomplished but I was not ready to stop. This wasn’t the end for me, I needed to keep going, I needed to find something more.
Setting New Goals
Before I could set a work at home mom schedule and a routine I needed to know what I was working towards. At my job, the goal was to do what I needed to do and get home. For my business it was build it so that I could be a stay at home mom.
The first thing I needed to do was set new goals. What was I working towards now? This actually wasn’t an easy task for me. It took awhile to figure out my next goal.
The first step to figuring out your own work at home schedule is to figure out what your next goal is. What are you working towards? What are the things you want in life?
Some example goals would be:
- Pay off debt
- Buy a home
- Buy a new car
- Retire your husband
- Afford private schooling for your kids
- Prepare for retirement
- Pay for a family vacation every year
Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list of goals and your goals are going to be personal to you. Take some time and grab my goal planning worksheets to figure out what your goals actually are.
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Work From Home Morning Routine
The next part in building your perfect work at home mom schedule is to set up a morning routine that will start your day off right. This morning routine will have you reviewing all the steps to reach your goals so you know exactly what you have to do every single day.
Setting a morning routine was all the difference in me accomplishing all of my goals each day, week, and month. The morning routine was all I needed to keep me on track every single day.
Setting up a morning routine is pretty easy. I highly recommend looking at what you already do first thing in the morning and going from there.
If the first thing you do is grab a cup of coffee to start your day, make that the first task of your morning routine. Keeping at least one part of your already established morning routine the same will help to make the transition to a more productive routine.
There is one thing I highly recommend that you include in your morning routine and that is day planning. Some people like to do this the night before but I prefer to do it the day of.
When you work from home you have to assess your energy levels daily. There have been too many times that I scheduled my day the night before to wake up to a cranky kid, low energy levels, or an urgent matter to handle. It would screw up all my plans.
Planning your day in the morning over your coffee allows you to take your energy levels, urgent matters, and other things into consideration so you can plan accordingly.
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Work At Home Mom Daily Schedule
Take some time to consider what your perfect day would be like. I call this an “Ideal Day.”
In your ideal day you would schedule out every single thing you would do in your ideal day. When you wake up, when you get ready for the day, when you eat, what work you would do between what times and when you stop work.
This gives you a basic guideline to how you would like your days to actually go. While they won’t always go this way you can and should try to plan your days based around this ideal day.
I personally use a spread in my bullet journal to plan out my ideal day. I have also used google calendar to set up my ideal day. The nice thing about using google calendar is you can set recurrences so that every day looks like an ideal day.
Work At Home Mom Schedule Sample
Below I am sharing my own work at home mom schedule. Use this as a sample in building your own schedule based on what works for you.
Wake Up and Morning Routine – 8 am to 9 am
I am up and out of bed by 8 am most mornings. I work through my morning routine by grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting down to my bullet journal. I plan out what I am going to accomplish that day.
I greet my family as they start waking up between these two times. I get ready for my day by showering, getting dressed, and putting on makeup. I also take time to check my previous days stats.
Content Creation – 9 am to Noon
Since the bulk of my business deals in content creation, this is the time that I put aside to get my work done. No interruptions, no stops, just me and creating content for my blogs.
This is the time where my husband takes over for caring for our child while I get time to completely focus on my work.
Now it’s not just the actual writing I do at this point. I take the time to outline posts, do research, plan out my content calendar and anything that has to do with content at this point.
Lunch Break – Noon to 1 pm
I’m really bad about forgetting to eat. My husband usually has to remind me to eat but I often just keep working and then when I take a short break I finally realize I am starving.
So I have it scheduled daily that I need to break to eat and fuel myself for the day. Fueling your body is important to keep your mind working right. When you’re hungry, your brain doesn’t function at its peak level.
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Business Time – 1 pm to 5 pm
This is the time that I spend focusing on all those other little things that need to get done. Images, product creation, social media, and newsletters. Most days I stop work at 3 pm but no matter what work is done by 5 so I can have full focus on my family.
There is a reason why I schedule this time as business time. It allows me to work with what I’m motivated to work on. I don’t always feel like creating images, or working on products, or being on social media.
Giving myself the freedom to choose exactly what I want to work on allows me to choose something based on any number of distractions that may or may not occur. If my child is cranky I know working on images is a good choice because I can put it down if my child is especially needy.
Make sure you schedule yourself time like this everyday.
Work At Home Mom Tips
Working from home is not always easy so there are a few tips that I want to talk about so you can better schedule your days. It’s about maximizing your daily productivity so you can continue to grow your business.
Set Working Hours
Set your work hours. They don’t have to be typical work hours. Work with your normal energy levels. So if you are unproductive in the morning and more productive in the evening make those your work hours.
This is the beauty of working at home for yourself. You can choose what hours work for you based around your prime productivity times.
Do The Hard Things First
Get the hard stuff done first so it’s done. Whenever you start your “work day” make the hard stuff your first priority. While writing isn’t hard for me it’s the most important task for my business so it’s my first priority.
Make Tasks Easier With Systems and Automation
There are loads of small tasks that come with running a business. Be it social media marketing, email marketing, or any other task, you want to get the correct systems and automations in place to run them.
I recommend ConvertKit for an email marketing software, it allows you to set up email automations and sequences with ease. It makes email marketing your readers and customers easy.
I recommend Tailwind for Pinterest scheduling. It makes your life 10 times easier because you don’t have to spend hours tracking every single image that needs to be pinned or what boards your images have ended up on.
These two programs save me hours every week in work that needs to be done. They cost some money but my time is far more valuable than the cost of these programs. Your time is more valuable than the cost of these programs too.
If you want to continue to grow your business there comes a point where you have to determine the return on investment. This means if you are investing hours of your time are you getting a good enough return out of that time you invest. Or, could you invest less time, spend some money on a useful program, and still get a larger return?
More times than not the program you invest in to make running your business easier is going to be well worth the investment you’ve made. You’ll see a higher return and be able to spend more time focusing on things that will grow your business faster.
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Wake Up Early Or Stay Up Late As Needed
Many business owners swear by the wake up before 5 am to get work done theory. I do not. I tried it and while I would have stuck to it and absolutely gone for the 5 am wake up, my child wakes up when I wake up.
No one wants a kid to wake up at 5 am, they are cranky by noon every single day. Plus if my kids up and my husband isn’t, I’m not going to be getting any work done.
So sometimes I stay up late to work on projects and ideas. If your kids are like mine is than this may be an option for you. Consider it all and then go for what’s right for your schedule.
Remember to take breaks. It’s important to set up breaks from your work throughout the day. You need to stop and rest your brain for a little while several times a day. This will keep you sharp.
Breaks also provide you time to take note of what’s going on with your body. Do you need to drink some water? Eat something? Take a nap? Or maybe stretch your legs with a neighborhood walk? Take care of your body because the work at home 20 lbs weight gain is a real thing.
Work At Home Mom Schedule
Working at home is wonderful, you get to enjoy your life as you see fit, set your own hours, and you can enjoy it all in your pajamas. Though, it’s hard to stay motivated to do everything that needs to get done.
This is why you need a work at home mom schedule. Set your goals, create a morning routine, set an ideal day, make and stick to a schedule. It’ll keep you on track.
To get you started, tell me your goals in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite work at home boards.
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