Work from home moms – no one understands us, I mean unless it’s another mom who is trying to respond to IG DMs at the same time she’s filling sippy cups and running school drop off. I’ve gotten this question so many times over the last couple weeks, so I thought it was due a blog post!
‘How do I get my productivity back when school starts?
‘First off – let’s just take a minute to celebrate that we are going to school this year. And I’m praying you each have a healthy & happy year.
But let’s get to the meat of it… how do you get back to a routine? How do you make the most of the time you have between drop off & pick up? And how do you make sure you are growing your business – while being a present mama… let’s break it down.
When you have a set number of hours to ‘get the ish done’, you may start feeling like there is just no way to do it. Don’t get frustrated, don’t throw in the towel… read these 5 tips. Follow me on Instagram for more. Listen to The All Caught Up Podcast. And if you need more personalized help, apply to work with me. We will get your head above water – soon you’ll be Michael Phelps!
5 Life Changing Back To School Productivity Tips for Work at Home Moms
1. Create a Family Calendar : There is nothing worse than planning a day to do client work, and then remembering that the kid has a project due. You drop your work, make a target run, gather all the supplies, and by the time you sit down at your desk – it’s time for pick up. Create a calendar for each kid (we use Google Calendar), if you can convince your partner to also create a calendar – share that one. Give each kid (and the partner) a color… and this way you can toggle between what you need to see.
2. Start Your New Routines Early : Don’t expect a kid who’s been getting up at 10 am for the last 3 months to get up at 7 am all at once. Take a look at what changes will be made in your time – and ease them into it.
3. Create a Time Blocking Routine : If you’re already time blocking – take a look at what your schedule when school gets going, what adjustments do you need to make? If you aren’t currently time blocking, now is a great time to start. This will allow you to know how much time you have in a given day – adjust your expectations & your to do list accordingly.
4. Set Aside Time To Plan : Make it easier on yourself, and create a plan. What does your week look like? What does that mean for dinners? What days do you have available for appointments? Do the kids need anything specific for the week? Know what is coming up – and go into your week feeling in control.
5. Clock Out : Make a plan to be done with work. Working from home can make us feel like we are always on the clock. Clock out. Both mentally & physically. Allow yourself to soak up your family – I promise client emails will wait. And if they can’t wait 12 hours for a return email, are they really your people?
As this new school year starts, adjust your expectations. Be realistic with what you can & can’t do. Remember, that you can do this! Have a great year mama!!