As a work at home mom I often get asked how I manage to “do it all”. Hearing that question makes me want to burst out laughing, because even though I do a lot, I do not “do it all”.
I think what they mean to ask is how do I manage to work from home while also managing all of my other responsibilities. So, I have decided to give you a peek behind the curtain and share my actual daily work from home routine.
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Before I dive into the details, I want to share a little bit of background so you can get an idea of what my life is like.
I stay home with the kids 100% of the time, have a part time job, run this blog and my husband works a crazy unpredictable schedule which makes it so I am in charge of running the household by myself 95% of the time.
Now before you go thinking that I have this all figured out. Please be assured that I most certainly do not. Things are always changing around here and I have to adapt to that and change my routines and plans frequently. It’s not easy or glamorous, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Now for a more in depth look at what a typical day looks like for me. I hope this will give you some ideas about how to structure your day when you work from home.
This is an essential piece of my day. I truly believe that my morning routine is what allows me to be successful. Right now, I am using this time solely for self care,and don’t do any work at all.
I’m an introvert and need lots of downtime to feel my best and not be a raving lunatic all the time. My morning routine gives me the chance to pour into myself before the hustle and bustle of the day is underway.
Related: How To Wake Up Before Your Kids And Not Feel Tired.
I start making breakfast around 7:00 so that it is ready for when the kids wake up. Sometimes they are already awake at this time and if so I let them free play while I am getting everything ready.
The kids start waking up between 7:00 and 7:30 and they get started right away. Their basic routine is:
- Eat breakfast
- get dressed
- brush teeth
- get backpacks packed for school
The older two are pretty self-sufficient with this, so while they are getting ready I will help the toddler along, make my bed and clean up the kitchen. Occasionally, we have some time left over before we have to leave and I will have the kids do their chores. If everything is done in time, I will let them listen to a podcast before we leave the house at about 8:45 to get to the bus stop in time.
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Most of the time, I will play or go to activities with my youngest. Some days we do errands like grocery shopping or anything else that needs to get done.
Around 11:30 we decide what we want to eat for lunch and then I will make it. This usually takes about 15-30 minutes depending on how elaborate lunch is and whether or not I planned ahead. We sit and eat lunch together then I will quickly clean up.
Right after lunch, it’s nap time for the little lady. Some days she will go down without a fuss, but others she will fight or make me stay in her room until she falls asleep.
After I have put her down, I will spend nap time working on the blog. You could also use this time to focus on work. This is one of my favorite parts of the day. I get to be in solitude doing something that I love.
If you have kids at home with you that don’t nap, I would suggest implementing a daily quiet time. Check out this post for how I have 2 hours of quiet time every day.
Usually, the little lady naps until about 3. Sometimes she wakes up earlier, and sometimes she will nap until 4PM. If she is awake, she will free play. If she sleeps late, I will take that opportunity to get some extra blogging work done.
I am lucky enough that the bus stop is right at the end of my driveway, so it is about a 1 minute walk their and back.
Every day is a little different during this time. Generally, after they come home, they have a quick snack. Then depending on the day, they will either go to an activity or start working on their homework. Between 4:30 and 5:00 I will start to get dinner ready and we will start eating dinner around 6PM.
The kids start getting ready for bed around 6:30PM. This includes taking a bath (some nights), put on pajamas and brush teeth.
We read a story to the kids before they go to bed. Most times the parents read, but other times, one of the kids wants to show off their reading skills and will take over. After the story, it’s time for snuggles with each kid and then lights out by 7:30.
My work schedule is anywhere from 9-20 hours a week depending on the season. I usually try to work only at the end of the day. My job is not something that I particularly enjoy, but I do it so that I can provide some income for my family and continue to stay home.
I try and save it for the end of the day when my kids are asleep so I can give my best to them all day. At one point I tried getting my work done first thing in the morning, but I found that it started my day on a sour note, so now I wait.
After I am done working my husband and I will relax and watch a show or two together. Some days we will make it more of a date and enjoy a yummy treat. I try to be in bed no later than 10PM, because sleep is a priority for me.
This is the routine that works for me right now, but life is always changing and sometimes I need to adapt my routine. My hope with this article is that it will give you some insight on how to create a WAHM schedule that works for you.
Does this always go according to plan? No.
Do I ever get stressed out? Yes!
It it a lot of work? You bet.
Being a work at home mom is one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I get to stay home with my kids, I have a flexible schedule and I can work from wherever I want. I feel very blessed to live this life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
I would love to hear from you! What does your day look like?
Want more information about how to plan your week for success? Then definitely check out my post on creating a life management plan.
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