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!