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7 Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom

As part of our Summer blogging series (see our first post here!), we are going to talk about balancing life as a work from home mom.  I am linking up with 10 other bloggers who will be sharing their experiences and tips.  I'll link them below!  Thanks to Arin and Navy for putting this series together!  Today, I am sharing 8 time management tips from a work from home mom.

Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom

Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom

When I first decided to leave my corporate job and become a full time blogger, I had no idea what would become of it.  After having my first daughter, I wanted to be a stay at home mom.  We also like to travel and have nice things, so I knew I needed to work in some capacity.  Part time jobs are really hard to come by, and for the most part I would be working to pay for childcare.  My "part time" work from home job quickly turned much more full time!  I knew I needed to find help, so today I am going to share some tips I've learned a long the way.  I am by NO MEANS perfect or an expert, but I have found a few things that help!  Keep in mind, these are from the perspective of someone who is self employed.

Time Block

I set timers for myself when I am working on tasks.  If I'm working on Pinterest marketing, I'll set my timer for 1 hour.  Once that time is up, I move on to the next task.  This has helped me keep my work days organized tremendously.  Time blocker cubes are also a great tool for helping with this.  This can be used in other areas of your life as well!

Live by your Calendar

Schedule everything!  One way I find balance is through working out.  I crave the endorphins, and sometimes if I don't schedule it in my day it won't happen.  Working out at night almost never happens, so I try to get my workouts in during the morning.  I am also NOT a morning person, so I try to go to the gym for a 9 or 10 am class.  My amazing gym has childcare, so I will take the girls there while I get my workout in.  If you're in the Happy Valley area, you must try out Aspire Total Fitness.  Such an amazing group of women here!  I know this isn't technically "work", but getting my workout in helps me focus on the rest of the day.  If something is important to you, add it to your calendar and treat it like a work appointment.

Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom

Get Help

At first, I thought I'd be able to work during the girls naps or during their quiet time.  I quickly learned, that wasn't going to happen.  McKinlee goes to pre-school 3 half days a week and I ended up enrolling Madison in a similar program.  It just isn't fair to them to be working all day and not paying attention to them.  They love their schools, so it's really a win-win for all of us.  Another thing thats really helped me find balance and helped manage my time is hiring a house cleaner.  Instead of us cleaning on our days off, we can actually spend the time enjoying ourselves and our kids.  If you can swing this in your budget, I'd highly recommend it!

Get Ready for the Day

Ok, this is one that was so hard for me.  Many days I look like a troll in leggings and a messy bun, but the days I actually do something with myself, I am so much more productive.  Something that also helped me feel pulled together is getting eyelash extensions.  I know it sounds crazy, but I can roll out of bed and look like I have actually made some sort of effort.  Since I've gotten them done, I have hardly worn any makeup.  It's such a time saver!  It takes about an hour to get them filled every 3 weeks, but it's so worth it.

Take Your Days Off

While working at a corporate job, I had weekends off.  I RARELY checked emails or thought much about work.  Since owning my own business, I have really not taken a full day off.  I am so lucky to truly love what I do.  I'm constantly thinking of content ideas, finding great spots to take photos in, etc but it's so good for the soul to shut it all down for the day.  I really should take my own advice, but it's something I am still working on.

Leave the House

I find that if I've been working at home for too long, I need a change of scenery.  Head out to a local coffee shop or restaurant, hook up to the wifi and put your headphones on.  This helps keep me focused!

Establish Work Hours

You wouldn't work from a regular office until midnight (at least I hope not!), so try your best to establish working hours.  Again, something I should take to heart!  It's tough when you really love what you do, but you have to have some down time.

I received a great tip while at a blogging conference recently.  They quoted a book and shared about how as a working mom, you'll never truly be balanced.  There will always be something "off".  Think of it as 4 pots on the stove.  You might have 2 on high, 1 on medium, and 1 on low.  You'll have to take a little and give a little, but something will always have to be sacrificed.  It's just the way it is, but if you can just sit with that and be the best at what you're working on at the time, that's all we can ask for!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers tips and tricks here:

Navy  |  Kate  |  Arin  |  Aryn  |  Nicole  |  Rese  |  Hannah  |  Jen  |  Holly  

Thanks so much for reading!

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Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom

4 comments on “7 Time Management Tips from a Work From Home Mom”

  1. I am a time blocker too! I need timers set or else I will not stop my task until it's done - task oriented can be a curse sometimes.

  2. I agree with the taking time off. It's so easy to just work work and work some more when you r offic eis at home.

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