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My shift from stay at home motherhood to work from home motherhood has been very subtle. When we first had Brayden, I had left my job as a teacher’s aide to be home with him. After he was about 15 months old, I went back to work as a substitute teacher, which I still do and love. It’s flexible and gives me some time out of the house! I did the same after we had Kenley– stayed home and then went back to substitute teaching. Photography then made it’s way into my work from home schedule, as did blogging. It’s been a very slow transition, and now I mostly work from home on this blog, my photography business, as well as still substitute teach and work for my parents business outside of the home.
Now that the kids are out of school for the summer and are home ALL THE TIME, I have really had to find the balance of doing things with them and still spending some time working. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. Here’s how I am making the most of my time:
Have reasonable expectations.
There are days where my to-do list seems never ending. I used to get so flustered because I just knew I wouldn’t be able to get it all done, and I was defeated before I even started. I finally found that if I break up my list into morning and afternoon, I don’t feel as rushed and overwhelmed. I don’t always get it ALL done, and that’s okay. Keeping my expectations reasonable changes my mindset so I am not defeated before my day even starts.
Make your schedule flexible.
For summer time especially, I have had to keep my schedule flexible. We have structure built into our days because it seems to work better for the kids, but overall, our schedule has wiggle room. We can still do pool days, movie outings, and play dates. I keep certain days or mornings open so that I can keep up around the house with laundry, cleaning, and groceries.
Work alongside your kids.
Most often, I work alongside of the kids. My laptop stays upstairs, and when they are awake, I work upstairs. Our dining room and living room are in the same room, so if they have the coloring stuff out, I work at the table. Sometimes, I work from the couch while they read books or watch a movie (our rainy day favorite!) If I am working at my desktop in my office, they are in the playroom in the basement. If they want to go outside, sometimes I will take the computer with me if I working on a deadline. They follow me everywhere, but I still try to maximize that time. It gives them a sense of security when I work next to them, and it helps me not miss a moment, even while being productive.
Wake up before they do.
The quiet of the morning is when I am most productive. I can get my list made, a few things knocked out, and most of the time I can get my workout done before the kids are up. It sets the tone for my entire day and it’s basically the only time of day I can work without any distractions.
My second favorite thing about the mornings alone besides the quiet is that I get to enjoy my morning coffee in peace. Sometimes, I even get to drink the entire cup while it is still hot! As soon as its brewed I grab my International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamer in either caramel or vanilla and sit down with my computer and my planner.
I love that International Delight Simply Pure Coffee Creamers are made with only 5 simple ingredients, including real milk, cream, and sugar. I can use less creamer to get the same flavor I like in my morning cup of coffee as well! I look forward to my morning cup of coffee as a way to wake up and get moving on my list for the day.
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