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4 Tips to Be Productive As a Work At Home Mom

One of the questions I get asked most often about being a work at home mom is: “how do you get it all done?”. I have always been a type A personality. I like being organized and having a plan of attack for my day. When I decided to become at work at home mom, my entire routine was in disarray for months. I woke up not really knowing how to tackle the day or how to stay organized or be productive because, let’s face it: babies don’t care about your plan or your schedule. I survived by just going with the flow and praying it would all get done somehow. After having little routine and organization for a few months, I decided I needed to work on my plan and work smarter, not harder. Now that I have been a work at home mom for over a year, I feel like I have a good handle on how to be productive and how to keep my day, work and life manageable. 

Repeat after me: “It Can Wait”.

The laundry, dishes or even that e-mail…learn to prioritize your work. I always have a million things I could be doing: dusting, dishes, and responding to e-mails. However, sometimes my little one needs me more than those things do. There are days almost every other week where I say “sorry honey, can you pick up dinner?”. If it was a crazy day or my little one wouldn’t nap and I was busy with work-I’ve learned it’s ok to pick up dinner sometimes.

Plan Ahead.

Planning ahead can be difficult with a newborn. Our little guy didn’t have a great routine until really about 4 months ago. Thankfully, I was able to plan ahead for the ‘small things’ and that helped save time. I planned slow cooker dinners, worked ahead as much as possible, wrote blog posts and scheduled those out as far in advance as possible, ordered our groceries online and picked them up curbside…any ‘small thing’ that I could plan ahead really helped to relieve some of that stress so I could focus on being both a good mom and being good at my job.

Get and Stay Organized.

At first, I wasn’t really sure how to organize my life and work. I had lists everywhere and pieces of paper with reminders all over my desk. I was overwhelmed. I decided that I needed a great planner and organizer, but I wasn’t really sure what that looked like for me.

I personally live and die by my Google calendar. I schedule everything on there from work tasks to homeschool time. It has truly helped to balance our days.

Ask for Help.

Some nights, I have to ask my husband to take our little one in the living room and play for an hour while I get caught on work. While I know not every mom has this luxury, it has certainly helped me. I try not to work too much when my husband is home but some days it helps me to get caught up just to have an hour or two of quiet time to crank out some work.

If you are a work at home mom, what tips do you have to stay productive?

jill conyers

Thursday 30th of March 2017

All great tips even if you're not a work at home mom. I almost bought a Erin Condren planner this year.

Loving Living Lancaster

Thursday 30th of March 2017

For sure! And yes-they are so useful!

Oyinkan Ogunleye

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Being organized most definitely helps. Once the schedule is followed, you're good to go!

Loving Living Lancaster

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Absolutely!

Summer @ Coffee With Summer

Monday 27th of March 2017

Planning ahead is huge for me, which is why I rely on my planner and all the sticky notes ever! haha

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 27th of March 2017

For sure!

Hannah

Monday 27th of March 2017

I needed this! I am literally the worst at working from home. I get so distracted. I think what I really need to do get organized and be really strict about my time management and what I want to accomplish that day. Otherwise it all feels like too much and I end up doing other things that don't need doing instead haha.

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 27th of March 2017

It is so easy to get distracted!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace

Monday 27th of March 2017

I LOVE Erin Condren's planners! They always help me stay organized and productive throughout the week. :)