Time Management Tips for Work at Home Moms
Creating a work at home mom schedule is possible and I want to show you how it is possible. FYI: You will see me use the word mum and mom throughout the blog to relate to the world of motherhood. Today I am using mom to speak to women globally. My mission on Mummy Money is to speak to all mums, even though I am based in the UK.
You feed yourself, your child, keep the house in shape, you make meals, exercise, breastfeed, walk the dogs, food shop, and perhaps you also work from home or out of the house. Maybe you don’t even need the tips in this post, however, I will share top time management tips if you are a busy work at home mom doing your best to make it all flow nicely together.
As a mum, I know the importance of making a schedule work around mum life and work life. I work from home with my girl by my side and have found a simple schedule that fits to suit our needs. Let me show you what works for us and it might work for you too!
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Time Management Schedule for Work at Home Moms
Having a schedule as a work at home mom is essential. I’ve been a stay at home mom without working and I did not need a schedule for this, however now I am a work at home mom I need a schedule. Creating a simple schedule is pure gold and something I highly recommend you do.
Here are a few tips for creating a simple work at home mom schedule:
- Be realistic with your lifestyle
- Do not try to copy another mom’s exact schedule as their family life is different from yours
- Factor in family time during the day
- Factor in work time during the day NOT at a silly early time in the morning (4am!!) or super later at night (11pm!!)
- You need to feel happy and sane and you do NOT need to grind and hustle killing yourself alongside being a mom
- Make your work life fit around mom life during normal day hours and give yourself time to rest and relax at night and get up in the morning when you’re ready
- Minimise the to-do list
- Let go of trying to be perfect
- Focus on the essential work tasks that need to be done and if they don’t get done on that particular day do it another day
- Most of all, be kind to yourself
Simple Schedule for Work at Home Moms
As you can see my simple schedule is very complex… or rather super simple. By keeping it this simple my brain can function on the tasks ahead. If I think about the fact I have to work on certain days I get overwhelmed with “all the tasks”, whereas when I put it together in my simple schedule I see I have time to be a present mom and make time to grow my business working from home.
This is the starting point for my work at home mom schedule. Then it gets broken down into the tasks for the given days.
- Monday: Every other Monday my daughter is with me in the morning and her dad’s in the afternoon, and the other Mondays she is with her dad in the morning and me in the afternoon. With this day I work either in the morning or afternoon when she is at her dad’s, and then it’s family time in the morning or afternoon when she is with me.
- Tuesday: Morning is family time, the afternoon is work time.
- Wednesday: Morning is family time, the afternoon is work time.
- Thursday: Morning is family time, the afternoon is work time. My daughter is with her dad in the afternoon so I always do work in that afternoon.
- Friday: Morning I work as my daughter is with her dad, and then she comes back to me late morning so from around 11am it is family time for the rest of Friday. I don’t work after that time on a Friday and make the most of my work time for a couple of hours Friday morning.
- Saturday and Sunday: Family time. My daughter is with me every other weekend, so we have family time on those weekends, and when she goes to her dads for the weekend we have family time for half of Saturday, and then I focus on rest and looking after myself for the other half of Saturday and all Sunday.
I have a good co-parenting schedule with my ex-husband. We have created a schedule that works for my daughter to have regular contact with us both and it works well for me to focus on work when she is at her dad’s. I know everyone doesn’t have this set up, many of you have both parents at home together. I know some moms are able to get dad to look after little one for a chunk of time whilst they focus on work.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I have my daughter with me and I still work on those days. I make sure we have family time in the morning so we have a super nice start to the day and then come the afternoon I work for 2 to 3 hours.
Simple Tasks for Work at Home Moms
Keep it simple. Always keep it simple. This is the best piece of advice I can give all of you work at home moms looking for a perfect schedule.
Even though I have a schedule for mom time and work time, I do not overcomplicate it by scheduling every single minute, hour and task. I have a loose idea of what I might do with my daughter in family time. I know what I am doing in my work time as I have a set schedule for that to keep my work time focused, efficient and productive.
I used to schedule in mindset work, evening tasks and other to-do lists, but my work that was exhausting!! This actually made matters worse even though I thought it would help me grow and improve my life. It was actually getting in my way of creating the life I wanted for my family.
Allow yourself to go with the flow in parts of your day. Have a schedule for work, and let go of detailed tasks everywhere else.
This is a rough idea of what I do for family time and work time.
Monday to Friday family time is simply being with my daughter without distractions. I don’t sit at the computer working. I don’t do a million house chores. We simply live day to day. Here are a few activities we do regularly:
- Walking in nature
- Walking into our little town
- Walk to the park
- Ride my bike with my daughter on the back
- Cleaning the house
- Homeschool meet up with other families
I do not schedule in a lot of these tasks each day, I do one to two of those tasks each day. I give time to just be together rather than rushing from one thing to the next. Sometimes we just snuggle, have dance parties in the kitchen or play hide and seek.
I only work Monday to Friday. I like to schedule in a couple of days off and I choose the weekend so that when I do see family and friends it matches their time off. Even though I can take any day off being my own boss, I still want to see my loved ones.
My priority is being a mom. Family time is essential and making money is essential. When I was married I was a stay at home mom and I did not work. However, life changed and I had to start looking at ways to make money. It was important for me to create a schedule that fit mom life and would be on my terms working from home.
This took time with trial and error. Creating a work at home mom schedule that fit my goal was tested at times, however, here I am sticking to my plan and I am beyond happy that I made it happen. The secret to this: just stick to your plan and goals.
My business includes blogging, freelance writing, forex trading, a podcast, and investing in stocks and cryptocurrency. That might sound a lot, trust me it isn’t. It took time to build all these areas of my business, I did not start these all at once, one led to the other once I had set up the first.
Doing the courses, set up process and learning took time, however, now each task is manageable with my weekly schedule.
This is a very basic template of my work schedule:
- Monday: social media, promote a blog post, invest/trade/monitor forex, stocks and crypto
- Tuesday: social media, write a freelance article, invest/trade/monitor forex, stocks and crypto
- Wednesday: social media, plan and research next blog post, invest/trade/monitor forex, stocks and crypto
- Thursday: social media, write blog post or record podcast episode, invest/trade/monitor forex, stocks and crypto
- Friday: social media, finalise blog post, invest/trade/monitor forex, stocks and crypto
Inside each task there are mini-tasks to do, however, this is a simple structure that helps me to focus and get the work done in the little time I have each day for working. I do not work super early in the morning or late at night. I like to wake up when I am ready and start my day however I please and spend the evening relaxing.
Time Management Tips from Other Work at Home Moms
There are many moms balancing babies and business. Here are amazing tips for time management and creating a work at home mom schedule.
- Time Management Guide – How to Grow a Blog into a Full Time Business as a Mom
- The Mommy Schedule
- 10 Quick Time Management Tips for Moms Who Work From Home
- A Daily Schedule for Work at Home Moms
- Scheduling, Life and Blogging Tips from a Mom Blogger
- 10 Tips to Manage Your Time as a Work from Home Mom
- The Stay At Home Mom Schedule That’ll Keep You Sane
If you create a schedule and fill every single minute you’ll drive yourself to insanity.– A Mother Far From Home
Time Management Tools for Work at Home Moms
As technology advances so does the idea of creating a mom schedule. I used to be a pen and paper girl, I had a planner and calendar where I wrote all work, tasks and appointments. Now, I use my iPhone and MacBook to schedule everything. I did not think this would work for traditional ole’ me, however, it has been a surprising blessing as it has simplified my schedule so much!
On the iPhone and MacBook, I use the notes app and create my simple schedule in there. Minimising paper and extra tools helps to keep my day to day tasks simple and clutter free. This has been super helpful in my mom work schedule.
Whether you are a tech girl, a pen and paper girl, or you like simplicity like me and do whatever creates that simplicity, here are a few tools to help you create a schedule that works for you.
- Bullet Journal
- Smart Planner
- Magnetic Weekly Planner Fridge Whiteboard
- Apple iPhone 11
- Apple MacBook Pro
Time Management Work for Work at Home Moms
The best work as a work at home mom is the work that fits your family and lifestyle. It’s really simple when you allow yourself to slow down, focus and create a simple schedule. Over time these are the types of work that I love to do and fit my schedule as a mom:
- Blogging – Start your blog here!
- Freelance Writer
- Forex Trading – Start forex trading here!
- Network Marketing – My favourite vegan skincare company!
Check out these posts for inspiration for work at home:
- Beginners Guide to Making Money at Home as a Mum
- Best Blogging Tools to Make Money at Home
- The Best Work at Home Tips for Mums
- 19 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money from Home
- How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online
- Top 10 Ways to Invest Money for Women
Self Care Tips for Work at Home Moms
If you need help with time management around taking care of yourself and need tips on what to do, here are some of my favourite health and fitness posts I write for another website. These are a great starting point to help you prioritise your health to feel good as a work at home mom.
- How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem
- 4 Psychological Benefits of Exercise
- Immunity Boosting Foods for Adults
- How to Show Gratitude Every Day
- 10 Healthy Eating Habits to Help Change Your Life
- Top 10 Fitness Tips for New Mums
One Last Thing About Time Management as a Work at Home Mom
You are doing enough! Please stop trying to add more to your plate if you are frizzled and fried. Focus on what is in front of you and work with what you’ve got. Create a simple schedule to bring inner peace and calm to your life. Once you have mastered that, then, and only then, add other things to your life if you desire it.
What is your best tip for time management as a work at home mom? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know below in the comments what you need help with when it comes to time management as a mom.