Stress can be a big part of your life when you are a mom and work from home. However, your ability to be productive or to get your job done does not have to be impacted by stress. Trust me… I have been there and done that!
When I first started working at home, I had no clue what I was doing. I had 2 kids (ages 1.5 and 3.5) and did not have an entrepreneur bone in my body (learn more about me here). It took some time (and by some I mean a lot) for me to figure out how to make working from home work for me. Now… over the course of the past 3.5 years, I have learned so much and I am still learning every day.
In This Series…
Over the course of the next 6 weeks, I want to share with you 6 actionable steps (in detail) that have lowered my stress levels as a WAHM. The steps are very simple, yet effective. I am going to share them one at a time so that you have a week to implement them to fit your life. With that said, lets start with the first step!
Tip 1 – Organize Your Schedule
When you have kids and work from home, there is always something to do no matter how old your children are. From naps and snacks to play dates and school drop offs / pick ups to after school activities and homework… throw in your errands and household chores and your schedule becomes full before you know it. This is why it is extremely important to organize your schedule.
To organize my schedule, I use both a physical planner and the calendar on my phone. First, I take my physical planner and write everything in it (even going as far as to color code everything). When my girls were younger I would write down their naps, snacks and activities. Now that they are a little older and in preschool / school, I take their school calendars and write all of the events/activities that they will be participating in. I also write down any doctor appointments and major mom duties that need to be done.
My favorite planner is the Erin Condren Planner. What I love about it? Customizing the cover and the way that you view the time. The motivational quotes on the inside dividers. All of the accessories that are available to make planning fun… because honestly it’s about the little things.
Schedule The Times You Are Going To Work
Once my daughters’ activities and other important tasks are in my calendar, I then schedule out the times I am going to dedicate to my work. When my daughters were younger, I worked when they napped and after they were in bed for the night. Because of this, I was very strict with out routine because I knew I had work that needed to get done. When they were both in preschool, I would maximize the 2 hours they were in school at the same time to get as much as I can done. Now that they are older, and my little one is in a full time preschool program and my oldest in elementary, most of this time is scheduled for when they are in school.
With my planner in order, I then turn to the calendar in my cell phone. With technology today, there are many apps you can install on your phone. Examples include google calendar, the iPhone calendar, to so much more. I enter all of the major activities/events/tasks in my phone and set reminders. I even set alarms during the week to remind me when I need to start getting ready to pick up my girls from school (let’s be honest… mom brain is real… lol). My girls even know the tones I set for my alerts and alarms and always ask what do we have to do now when they hear them… lol.
While this may seem like double the work, think of it as being proactive. You are creating a backup system by having your schedule in 2 places. Additionally, you are setting your routine and creating your work schedule. When you work from home, you do not want to forget to do something or not be prepared to work. On the other side, you do have to be flexible. Why? Because, when you are a mom, there is a possibility that something may always come up… and that’s ok!
Actionable Step To Take
I challenge you to make WAHM life less stressful. This week, purchase a planner and set aside the time that you are going to work. What planners or other tools do you use to get organized?
***Please Note: This series was originally created for the #healthyentrepreneur movement started by Tammy Gibson. To see video of me discussing this topic, please join the Digital Savvy Female Entrepreneur Facebook group by clicking here.
My name is Michelle and I am the wife of the hardest working man I know, the Mami of 3 beautiful and AMAZING girls and a Pathologists’ Assistant turned Stay at Home Mami turned Mompreneur of not one… or two… but three businesses! I am super excited to share my experiences and learn from you. As women/moms/entrepreneurs, we must stick together and support each other!