Before we jump in, if someone hasn’t told you today, allow me: “YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB MAMA.”
WAKE UP EARLY MAMA. I know, I know. I love my bed and rarely want to leave it but trust me, this is something you need to be doing to be the most productive. I used to wait until my little ones woke up and then I’d zombie my way around helping them get breakfast and dressed. For the last 6-7 weeks I have been waking up at 6:45 am every morning. My kids get up around 7:30-8:00. I am able to make my coffee, go over my to-do list, check emails and social media, POST MY MORNING IG PHOTO (Consistency is key), do a devotion, and get dressed. It works and I am awake and ready for the day before my babies ever get up for morning snuggles.
HAVE A PLAN FOR THE DAY. I am an ENFP and schedules give me headaches. I seriously have a hard time following one but what does work for me is DAY-PLANNING. In my planner I just write everything we have to do and I keep my mornings for work. My kids are homeschooled, so they play and keep themselves busy until lunch time. We have lunch, do school, and then go to the park or the pool (something fun). This works for our family and I feel good because all my work is done for the day. I do sometimes work in the evenings but such is the life of an entrepreneur. On days where we have scheduled activities, like our Thursdays are swamped, I make sure any big projects, posts, or deadlines are done before these kind of days. It’s no fun trying to engage in an activity if you’ve got work worry on the brain. 😉 So plan ahead.
LET YOUR KIDS BE INVOLVED IN YOUR WORK. Hear me out. Your kids look up to you and they want to be just like you. My daughters are always cracking me up with the things they say about my job. They sometimes will literally speak to me in hashtags. Like: “Hashtag Yes Mama.” lol. Get them involved by making a project for them that resembles what you do. Today my kids are making their own vision boards while I write this post and work.Give them a poster board, some magazines, safety scissors, and let them make a dream board.They’ll feel like they are being involved with you and it’s a great way to be creative with your little ones.
BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR WORK SPACE + TIME. The great thing about working from home, unless you have to be on the phone a lot, is that with your laptop you can work basically anywhere. Take your kiddos and let them play in the McDonalds play place or to the library. NOTE: Open parks, pools, etc. are not safe places to let your kids play if you’re not able to give them full attention. I know I don’t need to say that because it’s a given but for the overall feel of this post, please be safe while working and having your kids be in public places. Keep them close to you.
CREATE A PRODUCTIVE/BEAUTIFUL WORK AREA. I live in this amazing little apartment, weirdly enough, I love it. Our space is limited and we don’t have the room for a gorgeous pinterest worthy office BUT I do have this little desk and chair that’s all mine. I have a candle that smells like Christmas and all my girly office stuff is right there, just waiting for me to go all Boss Babe on them. It’s perfect. I enjoy sitting there and working. I also have this giant chair in my living room, it’s like the size of half of a love seat and I’ll curl up with my computer there and work sometimes. Your home is your office, make it somewhere you enjoy working.