Scheduling my Day as a Work at Home Mum

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The idea of working from home is appealing to many.  Choosing your own hours, working around the kids and being an all round domestic goddess is a common goal. I wish it were that simple!

Working from home can be amazing. It does mean that I can choose my own hours, but having two young children in the house generally means those hours are closer to bed time than I’d like.  As for working around the kids, I try but more often than not it doesn’t work out.

Creating a schedule has been essential in my quest to perfect a decent work/life balance, that suits both the children and I.  It’s hard to stick to it religiously, we all know kids and they often like to throw a curve ball our way.  Having a plan to refer back to though, means that I hit the ground running when it’s time to work.

One thing that really helps me is that our girls nap at the same time.  It took a lot of graft to achieve, but now they sleep for around two hours after lunch. This gives me a block of time to fit in as much work in as I can.  I’m not sure how much longer the biggest will nap for, but it’s great whilst it lasts. I usually spend this time writing posts, reviews and freelance articles. Having a solid amount of time means that I can write undisturbed, making it my most productive time of the day.

The rest of my work is usually crammed into a couple of hours after the girls have settled for the night. If there’s chance for five or ten minutes in the day whilst the kids are occupied, I’ll always take the opportunity to get a little blogmin done. These are usually jobs that don’t take up much brain space, but are essential to keep things running smoothly.

 

A Day in the Life

7am – 12pm: The littles are awake, so this time is spent being an all round servant to them and the house.  If I get chance I’ll comment on blogs, do a bit of scheduling on my phone, engage on Instagram.  Everything that needs to be done, but that can be achieved with one eye still on the girls.

12pm – 2pm: Nap time. Write, write, write!

2pm – 7pm: Again, this time is spent with our girls. Heading out, crafting, swimming and the like.  If Hubs is home often I’ll get chance to fit an hour of work in, but on a normal day I do what I can, when I can workwise.

7pm – 10pm: Writing, editing, scheduling,

In between all of this find time to hit the gym, just to keep me sane!

 

 

Working from home with no childcare has its challenges, but it can also be incredibly rewarding once the right balance is achieved.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

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41 Comments

  • anywaytostayathome July 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

    A schedule is so important if you want to get anything actually done! It’s all too easy to get sidetracked by children and housework #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Isn’t it just! xx

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  • Samsam - Simply A Mama July 1, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I don’t work from home but I plan all my blog posts and editing around my son’s nap time and bedtime. Good on you for balancing it all and being able to work from home with no childcare #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Helen July 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I’m still trying to find this balance! Unfortunately my youngest is starting to drop his naps and when he does nap its inconsistent and usually near to school pick up time! I get 40mins if I’m lucky! He starts preschool in Feb though so I’m hoping to better organised then x
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      I’m absolutely dreading losing nap time! xx

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  • suzanna July 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I am in awe of your organization. Working from home with little ones is a nightmare. Got to love nap time 🙂
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Jemma @popcornlunchuk July 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    It’s great to know that this is doable! Everytime I produce any form of a screen in front of my kids they’re instantly crowding round hoping I’m going to start watching people opening Kinder eggs on YouTube. Sounds like you’re doing an amazing job xx #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Haha, they love those videos don’t they?! xx

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  • Charlotte July 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Wow. You’re like wonder woman! I think you’re my new inspiration!
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Zoe - Mummy & Liss July 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    This is a brilliant post!! What an inspiration! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • oldhouseintheshires July 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Fabulous! It’s lovely to hear how other mums cope with work/life balance. Your eldest may give up a nap but then I expect you could try nursery? Enjoy! It sounds like you have a great schedule. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Amanda Hougas July 2, 2017 at 3:42 am

    We have entered this hit or miss nap-time phase with our twins. They will go 4 days strait, napping perfectly, then BAM – a crazy, psycho day – like to day – lol! Thanks for sharing, daily scheduling is still something that I struggle with so it’s great to see how other moms are knocking it out!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Oh no, I’m dreading losing nap time! It’s so precious! xx

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  • mummy2twindividuals July 2, 2017 at 7:58 am

    My girls just stopped napping aaaarghhh… so now I don’t have that time anymore. I’m having get creative with how I blog but like you most is done when they are tucked up for the night. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Oh no, I’m dreading losing nap time! xx

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      • mummy2twindividuals July 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        Let’s just say it’s been an adjustment

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood July 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

          I can’t imagine how I’d cope! Xx

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          • mummy2twindividuals July 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm

            You will – you just have to accept that you’ll need to find down time when they are still around. Finally my girls are starting to have short bursts of playing nicely and independently

          • The Tale of Mummyhood July 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm

            I’ll be asking you for advice on how to deal with it when the time comes! x

          • mummy2twindividuals July 5, 2017 at 8:07 am

            feel free – I’ve asked for help so many times. We’re all in this together x

  • mums army July 2, 2017 at 10:51 am

    OMG you have achieved the holy grail of having 2 children asleep at the same time!! I only managed to obtain this golden treasure about 4 or 5 times when my two were under 3 and it’s a brilliant time to enjoy. I really enjoy reading your posts about working from home and building your empire, I would love to be my own boss and set my own schedule. However, like you say it sounds quite challenging as well when you do not have child care, but you sound like you have got a good work plan going there time wise, and fingers crossed the joint naps will be around for as long as possible xx #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Haha, it took some doing! I’m dreading the older one dropping her nap, I know it won’t be long though, boo! Thanks for a lovely comment xx

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  • tinmccarthy July 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This is my fall goal. I have really pulled back on the blogging this season with the four littles home, vacations and birthday parties galore but come fall I need a schedule bad.

    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day! xx

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  • Nin July 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I’m just setting up self employed and really need to find this balance! No rest hey!?

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      If only! x

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... July 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Zach only sleeps for 30 mins! Plus I have 3 other part time jobs… admire your routine, well done! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Bless you, we need more hours in the day! x

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  • RawChildhood July 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    There aren’t enough hours in the day. I am often up till gone 2am but that’s nothing compared to when I was blogging and at university and not going bed till 6am! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Wow, it’s a wonder you could function! x

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  • JakiJellz July 4, 2017 at 11:29 am

    It’s not as easy as it sounds isn’t it. We need to clone ourselves!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Haha, that would be handy! x

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  • Lucy At Home July 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    This is pretty much my exact day, but I’ve never referred to myself as a work at home mum. I am totally claiming this title now! My daughter is almost 3yrs old and, although she will often “rest” for an hour or so in the afternoon, she is a bit hit and miss with actually napping. But, to be fair, I think I’ve had a good run of it! #blogcrush

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 7, 2017 at 9:05 am

      You definitely are, it’s hard work too! xx

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  • Jemma @popcornlunchuk July 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Just popping back from #BlogCrush to tell you again that this is fab (obvs given you were my #BlogCrush this week!) xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Haha, thankyou! xx

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