As some of you may know, I took this year by the horns and created a business for myself. This opportunity has brought so much passion and encouragement into my life, I want to share how to stay productive as a WAHM.
Not only do I get to call myself a stay-at-home mom, but I have the chance to say I’m a Boss Mom.
I officially quit my job in June 2017 and decided to stay home with my son. Our childcare was a little tricky and my husband didn’t have the flexibility at the time, so it worked best for us. Quitting my job gave me the opportunity to create this little blog, along with spending my days with Oliver and watching him grow.
I knew in my heart I didn’t want that to be it. I wanted to feel worthy, to be driven, to meet deadlines and keep my creative juices flowing. One opportunity led to another and I was managing 3-4 clients as a Virtual Assistant. As of January 2018, I was officially self-employed and it has never felt better!
So enough about that – You’re here to read how I do it all. And I’m here to tell you, some days I don’t. There can be a day where I have calls lined up and realize I didn’t spend any quality time with Oliver. While other days, we are having so much fun together that I have to work late in to the night to catch up. The #bossmom world can be tricky but it is so fulfilling.
Give yourself a schedule
Decide what time of day works best for you. I always try to plan a three hour gap in my afternoon to get work done while my son takes a nap. Some afternoons are cut short, but for the most part I can schedule phone calls and prioritize projects during this time.
Wake up early
This is a very common suggestion that helps moms whether you stay at home with the kids or not. Getting up before everyone else allows you to have time for yourself and work. I enjoy getting up, grabbing coffee and catching up on emails before my son wakes up. Other mornings I will shower and get ready for the day, then focus on work for an hour before everyone is out of bed.
Find your space
It doesn’t take much to feel overwhelmed with paperwork and clutter. Find a space in your home where you can work and get tasks done. Our new home has an office that I’ve turned in to my personal space. It feels great to sit down at a desk and work on a few projects and feel accomplished. I will admit I have fallen in to the routine of working from my couch, mostly because these last few weeks of pregnancy has left me very swollen. But none the less, I get my tasks done!
Use. The. Babysitter.
It took me a while to realize that I needed help. On the days where I know my husband is working 8-10 hours, I try to plan a babysitter so I can either run errands solo or leave the house and get work done at my local coffee shop. The mom guilt was intense at first. I always told myself “why do I need a babysitter? I can get this done. I’m a pro at multi-tasking” Trust me. As much as we want to prove to ourselves that we can do it all and be a badass mom, some days we just need a break.
Make your lists. And check them twice. Just kidding, but seriously, do not be afraid of making lists and prioritize what needs to be done. I try and write down lists for the week for each client, what projects we are working on and what deadlines need to be made. Then for each morning I wake up, I go through my emails and see what absolutely needs to be done that day. My job is for my clients to grow and give them a peace of mind that I am taking care of the back end, while they are front and center. Asana is a great tool for project and team management!
Be flexible and communicate
Shit happens. My son was struck with a fever and viral infection for two weeks and all I could really do was be flexible and keep the communication open with my clients. I tried to dedicate time for them, but I knew my son needed my attention (We all want our mamas when we’re sick right?). So my best resolution was working from the couch with a sick babe on one side and my laptop on the other.
Know when it’s time to step away
Between my personal blog, working from home, taking care of my son and home AND being pregnant – yes I may be crazy. I have realized that I need to know when it’s okay to have a day away. It’s best if I put my phone down and pause. To take my son to the park and keep my phone in the diaper bag. Blogging burnout is a real thing, and it’s not different than having a mom-burnout or totally exhausted with work. Best solution; turn off social media and be in the moment.
I’m hoping this can help a lot of my Boss Moms out there. I know these tips work best for me and I find reassurance when I know other mamas are kicking butt and taking names too!
Are you a WAHM? What does your time management look like?
Check out my past post My Work-At-Home Mom Routine