Many women start a direct sales business while they’re with their small children in order to grow an income while being a stay at home mom. This is a dream for some, but when it comes down to the reality of it – working from home productively with kids is difficult and frustrating. Between spaghetti on the walls, my three year old needing (and deserving) all the snuggles he wants, and his loud, wild moments… sometimes working from home seems like the most impossible task. Working at home with kids is sometimes way more than I bargained for!
Here are my biggest tips for managing work at home mom life
Make a daily gameplan.
You know the phrase “fail to plan and plan to fail?”. It applies here. Whether you decide to make daily microgoals, schedule your hourly tasks or engage in a power hour, the point of making a plan is being prepared. Make sure you build in some time and space into your schedule for when your kids need you to deviate from it and focus on them.
Check out this video I made with Sassy Suite discussing microgoals and to do list overwhelm!
Manage your expectations.
This may be the most important thing you can do. If you’re expecting an intense level of productivity and never adjust that expectation to the phase of life you’re in, you will struggle emotionally and with your mindset. Expect that some days will be unpredictable and that some days will be productive. Expect chaos, and embrace it. Realize that you are living some of the most bittersweet days of motherhood and you’ll be sad if you live in a constant state of self-implosion and frustration. If you’re a mother, you know flexibility is sanity.
Schedule and batch create.
If you’re posting on social media, contacting people via email or text, or managing a team, you’ll want to schedule and plan as much as you can! My favorite app for scheduling on my facebook page, facebook group, twitter, and Instagram is Cinchshare. I also use Tailwind for my Pinterest strategy and to find content. I schedule Pinterest 2-3 times a month (while watching Netflix nonetheless), and then I don’t have to worry about it until I write a new blog post. Tailwind also has a browser extension so I can easily add a new pin to my queue without more than a couple of clicks.
Get some help!
There is NOTHING wrong with getting some professional help while you work at home. I loved having a college student come play with my sons for 5 hours a week, just so I could have one day of complete focus. This was worth the hourly cost, and if you can find a teenager or college student, it can be inexpensive. Another, cheaper option (this costs time, not money) is finding another mom working at home with kids and trade a play day with her. Take her kids one day from lunch til 4, and she takes your kids another day from lunch til 4.
Do you love working at home with kids underfoot? What’s your biggest struggle? Leave us a note down in the comments!
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