Let’s face it working from home when you have little ones running around is hard not impossible but it’s hard. I will admit it I have really struggled with this in the past month or so. How do you balance housework, 3 kids, husband, blog, bills, and running around taking care of everyone need?
There aren’t any business hours. There is no time that is just dedicated to getting our work done. Our schedules revolve around little people who most of the time aren’t predictable. Well, I don’t have the cure, but I do have a few tips that have helped me for the past month or so.
- Have a dedicated workspace – I have my desk in between the living room and kitchen. The peCheckrfect spot. I can see into the playroom, the living room, kitchen, and hallway. I shut the other doors and let them run wild. I also have baby girls swing and crib in my living room, so I can also tend to her while getting some work done
- No Tv- Sounds silly right? I don’t let cartoons stay on during the day. I know if I threw paw patrol on I might get a little more done, but I like my kids to play that’s while I have my “office” right smack in the dab of the house where I can let them wonder and play but not get too far where I can’t hear or see them.
- Get up earlier – I am not a morning person, but since having the kids if I want to get a project out the way and it need my undivided attention I have to get up early. Which means getting up at 5 am when my husband gets up. Yes it’s early and I would really enjoy that extra hour of sleep, but having that hour or two of time to just focus on what I need to get done means I have a better day.
- Nap Time– Take full advantage of nap time. If there is a certain time that they usually sleep plan your calls, emails, or whatever during that time. I know you just want to relax maybe even surf the web, update Facebook, or play those pesky Facebook games but use the time constructively and get your work done.
- Make a schedule-I have specific days I do certain things. For example, you don’t need to sit down every single day and schedule you social media. Make a specific day and schedule it for the entire week. The same goes for blog posts. Write ahead. I know it can be difficult, but try to stay 2-3 weeks ahead that away if something comes up you know you have that cushion. My goal is to have 3 months worth of post scheduled ahead.
- Find another mom- I am a strong believer in it takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes you just can’t do it alone. You need time to just get focused and work. Find another mom and swap kids. She doesn’t have to be a work from home mom stay at home moms needs breaks too. Maybe twice a week you keep her child for a few hours and vice versa. This away you both get time to do what you need to get done.
Working at home with toddlers isn’t always easy but it can be done. No mom should have to choose between caring for her kids and working.
Do you have any tips for working at home with toddlers?