Work at Home Mom Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom

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Work at Home Mom Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom

House in disarray?

Have a million tasks you need to complete?

We all know how tough it is being a busy mom. If it wasn’t there wouldn’t be so many blog posts, articles, products, and whatever else aimed toward helping moms stay sane, connect to each other, and know that we’re not alone.

It’s especially difficult as a work at home mom, because we do double duty. I’m not saying that working moms or stay at home moms have it easy! But working moms pay someone to watch their child, and just stay at home moms don’t try to have a career on top of watching their children.

(Honestly, because we also do the main portion of the housework, it’s more like triple duty, but I’m not going to get into that here.)

So finding a healthy, productive routine is absolutely essential. It will save SO many tears! (Yours… not your toddlers. He’s going to cry anyway.) These work at home mom productivity tips can do double duty, just like you!

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Multitask like a boss!

Let me start by saying that not every time of day is great for multitasking, and this should be a small percentage of your day.

But finding the right times to multitask can help you get your to-do list done! These are the perfect times to multitask!

Before Your Children Wake Up

You already know that I wake up at 2:30am to teach, right? I get SO much accomplished. If for some reason, a time slot doesn’t get booked, I use that time to write, clean, eat my breakfast, and take care of other items on my to-do list (like affirmations and goal setting!)

In fact, as I write this, I’m on a break between classes! It’s 3:44am.

You don’t have to get up insanely early to have it be worthwhile. Even 30 minutes before your children get up give you the opportunity to get things done.

During Breakfast

Yes, you could sit with your children, but let’s be real, it’s the perfect time to do those dishes, clean up, and throw in a load of laundry.

Laundry Basket.

Every morning, when M and D are both up and at the breakfast table, I’m at the sink washing dishes.

During your shower

I routinely practice power poses and deep breathing when I’m in the shower. The boys just play on the floor of the bathroom while I’m in the shower, so taking an extra 2 minutes to reset my brain into a healthy frame of mind is perfect!

During a Walk

Have calls that you need to make? Want to brainstorm a new project? Do it while you’re out walking. We all always have our phones on us, so download a nice voice memo app and record away.

Of course, my kiddos are in the stroller while we’re on a walk, so I don’t have to keep an eye on them as much. However, if you stop to play at the park with older kids, just be wary of watching them and being too consumed with your phone.

While Nursing

You could totally binge watch Outlander or Workin’ Moms while you’re nursing, but this is the perfect opportunity to read. I used to exclusively read fiction, but as I’ve gotten older, I find myself more drawn to non-fiction, business books. I love my kindle, by the way, and it totally helps with my organization!

I just recently bought Genius Blogger’s Toolkit from Ultimate Bundles, and I’m slowly making my way through the books. There are a few duds, but overall, it’s going to be great for my business!

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During TV Time

I’m not advocating that you just plonk your kiddo in front of the television for hours of mind-numbing programming. But M usually gets 30-45 minutes in the mornings after our morning walk. I have to be strategic about it, because he doesn’t always like watching TV and often gets distracted.

But because the computer is in the TV room, I can sit, get some writing done, and keep an eye on him at the same time.

This is one of the times that you want to be careful of how much time you spend doing this, and make sure you play with them or read some books to them when you’re all done with work!

During Nap Time

This should be a no-brainer. M is so much more demanding than D is at this point. So the second M goes down for his nap, I’m at the computer, writing, planning, promoting my tushy off until he wakes up. On the rare occasion that M and D take their naps at the same time, Hallelujah!

While You Are Making Dinner (If You Do)

Mom cooking dinner.

Personally, I like making dinner. I’m a huge fan of eating, and having grown up with a mom and grandmother who cook really well, it only made sense that I picked it up as well. If my husband liked cooking, I’d totally let him do it, but alas, he’d just as well eat fast food most days of the week.

But this is the time that my husband takes the kids and I have a few moments to myself. So I usually turn on instructional videos or coursework that I’ve been working on while I mindlessly chop onions. I put a course from the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit on my iPad while I’m in the kitchen. Win win!

Plan for Flexibility in Your Schedule

During ALL of these times, you’re never going to be completely devoted to one task. You are always going to be watching your infant, or having to jump up to snatch the Play Doh out of your toddler’s hands before he eats it.

Planning for flexibility means that you have more than one opportunity during a day to get a certain task done.

Here’s my actual schedule that I work with during the day: plus free printable!

Keep Your Kids on the Same Schedule Every Day

This one should (hopefully) be a no-brainer. Keeping your kids on the same schedule will allow them to know what’s coming next, and you’ll minimize time-sucking tantrums.

Sometimes it’s not possible if you have a special event, an appointment, or somewhere you need to be. So plan ahead.

How can your kids get their nap and adequate sleep in?

When will your kids eat?

Did you pack enough snacks?

It’s tough when your kids are little, but I do promise that it gets easier the older they get. They’ll probably even be keeping you on a schedule!

STOP Wasting Time!

You know what I’m talking about.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Twitter.

YouTube.

It’s better for you, it’s better for your interactions with your kids, and you’ll be in a better mood. Trust me.

Make a promise to yourself to only use social media and the internet for non-work stuff during set times, like 15 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. Turn off notifications!

One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m more flexible when something comes up if I haven’t been on social media. My belief is that I know that I’ve been wasting my time, and when my kids start testing my patience, I lose a little of my sanity.

Because I did it to myself and I know it.

So don’t be like me in those instances. Be like the better me that puts her phone down except to text Dada or send a Polo to a friend (in which M and D can participate.)

Conclusion

So let’s recap. My work at home mom productivity tips are really pretty simple:

  • Multitask Easy Items
  • Plan for Flexibility in Your Schedule
  • Keep the Kids’ Schedule Firm
  • Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

That’s it. As a work at home mom, you won’t have tons of time unless you get a nanny, or daddy stays home to watch them. If it’s just you and the kids, you have to make do. It’s all about finding balance and finding what works for you.

Either way, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day… what will you do with yours?

Being a work-at-home mom is challenging and time-consuming, but it’s absolutely worth it!

How to be a more productive work at home mom - 4 easy tips for the busy mom
Work at Home Mom Productivity Tips

Work at Home Mom Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom

16 thoughts on “Work at Home Mom Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom”

  1. These are amazing tips but 2:30 am??? You’re a rockstar! Besides not waking up super early, I’m definitely most guilty of wasting time on social media. I need to work on those. Great post!!

  2. I totally agree that getting up early provides an opportunity to get a few things done or just have a few minutes of quiet time to yourself so you start the day with a clear head. My kids are older, I’ve found that scheduling is even more challenging now than when they were little.

  3. These are fantastic tips! I need to make these work into my day! Sometimes I feel accomplished but others I am not sure where my work time went!! And 2:30 am wake up? Wow what time do you go to bed at night?

  4. Wow, what time do you go to bed? I like to get up at five a.m. if I can get myself to bed early enough. It does really feel good to have that distraction free time and my kids don’t wake until about 8.

  5. These are so good! Saving this for future reference for sure! The one thing I absolutely make sure I do is allow my son to watch TV only when I have the opportunity to take advantage of it by being productive. It saves me!

    1. I’ve honestly considered staying up late to get ahead on my blogging, but I think I’d just feel awful the next day. Blogging is totally addicting, so I can understand!

  6. These are some great tips! It is amazing how many opportunities a mom has to multitask but I do agree with you that we’re not meant to multitask all day long.

  7. After reading this I think I need to plan a little bit more flexibility time into my schedule. So if I know something takes 30 min to do then I should plan on 45 min cause I know my kiddo will be hollering for help! 😆

  8. Since becoming a mom and an entrepreneur, I’ve realized the importance of multitasking and being efficient with how I utilize time. Thank you for the suggestions on how to maximize time to be more productive.

  9. Yes, yes, yes to all of these tips! I just finished an ebook that I read while nursing! Pairing tasks together is genius! Keeping the kids schedule firm is a good point as well! I definitely notice when they get off track it pretty much swallows up the rest of day and I get nothing done! Happy kids = happy mom!

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