You became a work at home mom (WAHM) so you could spend quality time raising your kids, but when can you get the work part done when you have kids at home? Being a WAHM offers great advantages that many moms seek. However, there are some challenges that moms encounter as well.
Whether your kids are too young for school or you are a homeschooling mom, it can be challenging to focus on work when you have little ones in tow.
So what is a work at home mom to do? To help solve this challenge, here are some top ways to stay focused on work yet not neglect your little ones:
Create a Prioritized To Do List – by making a list of all tasks that need to be completed and prioritizing them, you can ensure that you handle the most important items first. Sometimes WAHMs gravitate towards easier or quicker items to complete in an effort to save time, but the growing list of high-priority tasks can eventually create stress.
By getting the critical items done first, you are better positioned to handle the interruptions (which are sure to come) in your day. For tips on how to create a prioritized To Do list, check out the post on Better Managing Your Time.
Schedule in Time for Interruptions – when creating your daily schedule, be sure to include time for interruptions. If a task would normally take you 30 minutes to complete uninterrupted, then block out one hour instead. This will keep your stress level down if you do get interrupted, and you’ll gain additional time if you don’t get interrupted. It’s a win-win either way. Being realistic when adding tasks to your calendar will give you more time and save you unneeded stress.
Work While the Kids are Sleeping – you probably guessed this one and it’s most likely something you do already. However, be careful that you don’t burn the candle at both ends, but instead get your adequate amount of rest. If you are fresher early in the morning, then get to bed at a decent hour and set your alarm to wake up 2 to 3 hours before your kids awake. If you are a night-owl, then seek to give yourself enough rest by sleeping in a little later in the morning.
Put Your Kids to Work – want to raise a savvy entrepreneur? Then allow your kids the opportunity to “work” while you work. Find a creative activity for the kids to do at a set time each day. Consider setting up an arts and crafts station in your home office and rotate the type of craft activity they do each day. Even if it’s only for 45 minutes, that’s extra time for you to get a task completed. For more ideas on great activities for kids, check out this Guide for SAHMs Working From Home.
It is possible to stay focused as a WAHM and actually get work done. By implementing these tips and creating others that fit your needs, you can successfully work from home with your kids.
I would love to learn from you. How do you stay focused as a work at home mom with kids at home? Please share your responses in the comments section below.