As work-at-home moms, planning and creating the best schedule that works for us and all our commitments can be challenging. However, it’s best to keep one and save ourselves from insanity.
Household chores and work-related tasks have one thing in common; they both pile up. I sometimes find myself in trouble when I get carried away with work that I forget necessary tasks at home. In some days, it’s the other way around.
Therefore I say to myself that something has to be done — balance has to be done.
In creating a daily schedule you’ll have to keep in mind a few things:
- Set working hours.
- Consider having breaks throughout the day to give yourself a time to breathe and contemplate.
- If you have important tasks, use your most productive time of the day.
- Above all, always strive to have 100% focus.
It will take a lot of trial and error before you can come up to a solid routine that’s best for you. Here’s the routine that has worked for me so far:
4:30 to 6:00
Personally, this is the sweetest time of the day. Start the day right. Drink your tea or coffee and bond with your child or children when they wake up. Clean junk emails from your smartphone.
6:00 to 8:00
I think a lot of moms will have to agree with me that this is the busiest hours of the day. I mean, you can see yourself literally doing everything at once. Being a mom means a lot of things. Let’s do whatever it takes, mom.
Hey, if you got time left you can probably start checking your e-mail. Filter and save the difficult ones for later.
8:00 to 11:00
This is morning playtime and naptime for my little one. So when he’s asleep I can totally focus on work-related tasks. This is the best time to answer the tough emails I’ve saved earlier.
Make sure to finish the tasks that need your full attention while you are able to give it.
11:00 to 1:00
By this time, he’s already awake. Let’s take a break from work and have quality time with our children.
1:00 to 3:00
You can continue working while your child gets his afternoon naptime.
3:00 to 6:00
Take a break from work and continue the items left on your to-do list. If your child gets up, play with him until he’s busy on his own. You can do the finishing touches with your work or plan for the next day.
6:00 to 8:30
This is the time we’re all at home so we do what most families do. We eat dinner and finish household chores.
8:30 to 11:00
In the evenings, I work on the tasks for my clients. This is the most unpredictable time slot as anything can come up so make sure to be flexible.
That’s a day in the life of a work-from-home mom. Yes, work-life balance is extra difficult for us moms. But it’s definitely worth trying, isn’t it? Go ahead and start outlining yours.