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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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!
You know what I’m talking about.
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.)
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!