I have been working from home part-time for the past 2.5 years. I have managed to work 20-30 hour weeks while being a stay-at-home mom to two kids. At times I’ve found it very challenging as I try to balance being a good mom, wife, and an employee while fitting in a fitness routine, time for self-care, hobbies, and just general decompression time. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I find myself reverting back to the habits on this list. Through the years, I’ve found what works best for me to have a productive day while making sure I take care of myself. I wanted to share my tips in hopes it could help someone else struggling as well!
Follow a morning routine
I feel like every article and blog out there suggests having a routine and for good measure! Taking time for just myself at the beginning of the day is crucial for my self-care. My kids usually wake up between 6 and 7am. I try to wake up in hour before them. I am able to fit in a yoga session, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, and plan out my day. There are days when that hour is the only quiet time I have in a day and there are days I sleep in or a kid wakes up earlier and I don’t get it at all. It’s greatly missed.
Get ready + dressed for the day
This is super important and why it’s part of my morning routine! When I worked in an office, part of the allure of working from home meant I could spend the day in pajamas or loungewear. After a couple weeks or so, I noticed I’d start to perk up on the weekends when I’d fully get ready and dressed in an outfit. Taking the time to take care of my skin, apply some light make up, and put on a clean outfit does wonders for my mood and confidence. Most days I just use this tinted moisturizer with SPF, mascara, and fill in my brows.
Meal Plan + Prep
My week goes smoothly when I take the time I’m Sunday’s to plan my meals and stock my fridge. Having a plan puts time back in my day. I don’t have to waste part of my workday wondering what we’re having for dinner and what we have in the pantry. If I have extra time, I will pre-chop my fruits and veggies for the week. This makes it easy to make veggie scrambles, yogurt parfaits, or dish out the million snacks my toddler wants per day. With the current availability of certain items in question, it’s nice to keep a few simple staples on hand. We love crockpot salsa chicken and having a simple grilled protein + roasted veggies.
Keep a Tidy Home
I cannot stand to work when my house cluttered. I find my mind wanders and I am easily distracted until I tidy up the clutter. I have implemented tidying up toys as part of my toddler’s nap time routine so it doesn’t cut into my work hours. I also make sure the kitchen, living room, and dining area are clean and clutter-free. We have an open concept home and these rooms are in view of my working area. Even if I try to work when the house is mess, I’m not very productive. Keeping it tidy helps my mood and motivation. I also don’t go to bed with a dirty house. That way I get a full use of my quiet time in the morning just for me.
With many people now working from home, what works best for you? Any must-do tips I missed?