Scheduling my Day as a Work at Home Mum

Family, Home / Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 Replies to “Scheduling my Day as a Work at Home Mum”

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

          1. 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

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

  8. 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

    1. 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

  9. 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.


  10. 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

  11. 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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