A SAHM Or WAHM Schedule Always Yields…
- a clean, organized house…
- delicious, healthy meals eaten together at the table…
- laughing, frolicking children…
- quiet time for work…
SCREAAAAACH…Hit the breaks ya’ll! More like…
- constant mud, dirt, toys invading the house….2 minutes after you clean
- feeding the children whatever they will actually eat and quickly scarfing your food (or their leftovers) before chaos ensues
- screaming, running, children on emotional roller coasters
- If your lucky….there may be an uninterrupted nap time where you squeeze in cooking, cleaning the house, personal hygiene and/or anything business related
In fact, ask a WAHM or SAHM what it is they do all day and you may get smacked! Just face it…whether you work full time, part time, at home or are a stay at home mother…..balancing life is hard! There are advantages and disadvantages to them all.
But here we will focus on just one…..the work at home momma and how to create a WAHM Schedule to stay sane in the shuffle.
Balancing House, Parenting & Working From Home
As I build my online business with an 8 month old at home, I realize the perks of LEAVING to go to work. Not having a separate space and uninterrupted time to focus is almost torturous for someone like me….. who has “cat with a laser pointer” syndrome.
Do you have a million projects started and forgotten?
Do you keep forgetting that one thing you need to do over and over and over?
Do you feel like you’ve been running around all day with nothing to show for?
Oh emmm geeeee…then you feel me 😉
And honestly, I haven’t figured out a streamline way to always be on top of everything. Each day I am learning to be more productive and stay calm. Here are a few tips I have discovered from my own experiences…
- House Work List: First create a list of the house work you NEED to get done every day such as dishes, sweep and mop etc.
- ToDo List: Every night, make a list of things you WANT to get done for tomorrow. Since I work on my computer, I create this list in notepad and keep it open on my desktop. You can also use sticky note apps or a regular notebook, dry erase board etc.
- If you dont get all of the tasks done its okay…just move those up and add onto the bottom of the list. I am WAY more productive and less stressed using this simple technique.
- Dump List: Have another place to add random thoughts that pop into your head (mine is another open notepad on my desktop). These thoughts could be things you want to research, need to get done, need to buy from the store etc. These always derail our focus and cause the mind to constantly chatter. If you dump them somewhere, it will release them from the mind & keep you on track with the todo list. **I also move some of my dumped thoughts onto my todo list at night.**
- One realization I had after having children is that I can’t really schedule a certain amount of time for anything because with kids……its IMPOSSIBLE! It would literally drive me nuts when I set up an hour of work time but was only able to get 1/2 an hour in. Instead, focus on a “Routine” and release some of the control issues that come with a strict schedule.
- Designate parts of your routine for the house work list and your todo list.
Everyone’s routine will be unique and catered to their needs/preferences. Play around with this and figure out a routine that feels natural, not forced. It took a long time to fine tune my WAHM schedule and it shifts all the time! It’s based around my 8 month old’s routine because…….well it HAS to be! Check it out for some ideas…
My Personal Routine
- Wake up with baby, let him nurse, feed him breakfast and hopefully get my own breakfast in while he works on finger foods.
- Baby has some independent play while I start laundry, do dishes, sweep, mop, …..as much as I can.
- Baby gets bottle and we play together in his room (songs, books, manipulatives).
- His first nap is somewhere around 9. This is when I can work on my todo list…. take a shower, do extra cleaning around the house, work on the business etc. (Yes I have to add shower to my list or it could be days before I get one in!)
- Once baby wakes up and nurses, its time for his lunch. I will place him in his high chair with some finger foods as i get both of our lunches ready.
- Play time for lil man or we may run errands (could be from todo list).
- Bottle time, then he takes his second nap around 2.
- During his nap I will continue with my todo list and/or house cleaning.
- Once he wakes its time to nurse and eat his “dinner”.
- Now that sissy and daddy are home I might be able to get some more todo list in…..might not.
- Family dinner time.
- Bath time if he has one (I bathe him 2-3 times a week to keep his skin healthy).
- Last bottle time, some night night books if hes not too tired…then it’s down to sleep.
- This time is spent either showering or working on my business.
- Night time for momma
What strategies do you use to stay productive? Make sure to share with us in the comments!
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