5 Time Management #Hacks for Work at Home Moms
5 Time Management #Hacks for Work at Home Moms

Are you a work at home mama too?

During the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I shifted my attention to working solely from home. I’m a freelance writer, so I really had to buckle down and focus on building my clientele and earning an income.

What I learned during that period of time while my daughter was home from school, and even when she went back to school, was that I had to maximize every moment I had to get my work done.

Whether that was getting up early enough to squeeze in an hour of work or properly pacing myself to get my writing assignments done for the week.

Even now, with my little one back to school, I have to be smart about my time to ensure that I complete all my work plus have time to poke around on my personal blogs.

That’s why I use the following time management hacks! By organizing your time and your crap, you can significantly increase your productivity during the day.

Check it out:

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Time Management Hacks for Work at Home Mamas:

1. Make Lists

Oh my god, lists.

Lists are what keep me sane.

I use lists to keep track of my client assignments as well as the content for my personal blogs. I organize them by due dates so I can easily just start at the top and get to work on what needs to be done first.

Google Sheets are a great online tool you can use to design your to-do lists. The one that I use allows you to sort the tasks by date as well as check-off those that are complete:

This isn’t my actual spreadsheet, but it gives you an idea of how it works.

There’s a little tab at the bottom that says “Blog Post Checklist” – you can actually copy this spreadsheet into multiple tabs to keep track of all kinds of work.

And, because I like you, I’m going to share the above template with you for free!

Just click here to access the template.

2. Schedule Your Breaks

I work for myself, so I don’t have a break schedule…or a schedule of any kind.

That may sound ideal but, unless I make myself take breaks, I try to bust through the morning and end up getting sluggish about 3 hours in.

At that point, I either work slower or my mind conveniently begins to wander.

To combat brain fatigue, I make myself take a break at least every 2 hours. During this time I usually grab a bite to eat, stretch my legs or watch YouTube videos for a few minutes.

I find it prevents me from getting sluggish and keeps me on track. Segmenting my day actually helps me get through my work quicker since I often switch tasks for a little bit after taking a break.

That way, I’m not staring blankly at a 2000 word article that my brain has thrown the towel in on. Instead, by switching gears, I can come back to the harder tasks with fresh insight.

So, if you don’t have an established break schedule, make sure you give yourself one. Every 2 hours is reasonable to take a 10-15 minute break.

3. Eat the Frog

When you’re tasked with multiple things you have to get done, both workwise and domestically, prioritization is the key.

I love the phrase “eat the frog”! It’s based on a Mark Twain quote that states if your job every day is to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.

Basically, it means you should look at all of the tasks you need to accomplish during the day and work on the shittiest one first.

Otherwise, you may find yourself making more work for yourself when it comes to other responsibilities and procrastinating just to avoid your frog.

So when you look at that list of stuff that needs to be done during the day, pick off the one you want to do the least first. Trust me, it will make the rest of the day go noticeably smoother.

4. Set Your Work Hours

I know I already talked about setting your schedule but it’s important to have a definite start and end time to your day.

When I first started freelance writing as a single mom, I found I was sitting at my computer all throughout the day working on my writing and personal blogs.

Sure, my daughter was occupied with YouTube, but that’s beside the point.

Actually, it’s not, because I ended up focusing more on my business than my kid.

Yes, you need to get your work done when you’re at home. Yes, you may be in a situation where your kiddo is home with you.

By setting work hours, you can ensure your work is done and that you have the rest of the day to spend with your child and address your household responsibilities.

Otherwise, and trust me on this one, you’re going to be all over the place and feel like you’re taking crazy pills.

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5. Set Goals

I’m not sure what your work-from-home situation is like. I mean, I work for myself so I’m responsible for organizing my client work as well as drumming up business and focusing on my blogs.

That means my tasks can easily go haywire.

So, if you’re in the same situation as me, I find that setting goals is a great way to stay focused and increase your productivity. Goals are your end game and allow you to create a path to achieving them.

For example, I recently decided to finesse the SEO on my mom blog to drive more traffic. The articles I want to revamp are on my to-do list so I know exactly what needs to be done.

I also want to gather up more contributing writers for my Holistic living blog, so I have a list for that too.

All in all, having these goals for myself makes it easier to create those lists and stay on track with my tasks.

You Got This, Work at Home Mama!

Life as a mom is hard enough to balance with kiddos afoot, so it’s no surprise that working from home can be a significant struggle.

Hopefully, with these five tips, you’ll be better able to manage your time and increase your productivity!

Let me know in the comments below – How do you manage your time as a work at home mama?

Coding, design, and writing are my happy places. I can lose all track of time when I’m working on my blogs.

I hope here at MNC you will find the answers to your questions and some inspiration to make your blog or site really totally cool!

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