Being a work from home mom gives us full control of our time and our family. No more strict schedule to follow, no traffic, and we can work on our pyjamas.
Which is really great.
But sometimes, because we don’t have a strict schedule to follow, we become less productive, and we consume a lot of time on the non-essentials.
I, personally, learn from watching others so if you’re a work from home mom who wants to make it work with a toddler, I’m sharing with you my schedule.
Or if you’re planning to work from home and want to see a real-life home-based mom’s schedule, then you can continue reading, too.
Background of my job and my family
I work as a website designer/developer. I manage multiple websites, create web page/posts designs, and upload client’s contents on the websites. I am not working full-time and I have full control of what time I will be working.
Tee, on the other hand, works 1 full time job which starts at 2 in the afternoon until 10 in the evening, and has 2 other clients in the evening when he’s working as a Virtual Assistant.
And since he works in the afternoon, I’ve decided to work at that time too so Dreu knows that both his parents are in the working zone and he can’t disturb us (yet he still does, trust me).
I have a 3 year old who’s already independent but still asks for a lot of things. A hyperactive and really noisy toddler.
That is why I created a structure that I can follow everyday so we know what to expect and then just stir things up a little if needed.
That’s one of the many perks of being a work from home mom if you’re planning to be one. You can change things up depending on your family’s needs. You don’t have to be very strict with your schedule, just use it, so your kids know the routine and to guide you on what to do next. By creating a plan, you can tackle everything that you need to do in the day.
A look into my work from home Schedule:
9:00-9:30 AM – WAKING UP
I start my day by washing up and making my coffee.
Once my coffee is ready, I’ll have my quiet time on the couch while I enjoy my dose of caffeine. I use this time to contemplate or write. This is my zone. My favorite time of the day.
10:00-11:00 AM – PREPARING BRUNCH
By this time, Dreu is already up. He asks for his milk and cookie cereal.
Then I prepare our brunch. While I’m cooking, I also use this time to clean the house — a little sweeping and mopping, washing Dreu’s cups, then washing the pots and pans I used for cooking. Just tidying the kitchen up a little bit.
11:00 – 1:00 PM – BRUNCH & PLAYTIME
Once done cooking, Dreu and I eat our brunch while watching Netflix. I catch up on whatever TV show I’m currently binging. After an episode, I play with him or read books with him. He loves reading books so much lately.
1:00 – 2:00 PM – WORKOUT
Since I was able to get some rest after eating, l have my 30-minute workout or Zumba (most of the time, it’s Zumba because I’m having so much fun lol). I just do a quick workout session to stay awake and release some sweat. Once done, I take a shower to avoid muscle spasms.
2:00 – 5:00 PM – WORK TIME
This block is my work time. I work 3-4 hours a day. Sometimes, I get to finish all my work during this block, or I don’t. Most of the time, I take a pause when Dreu needs something like when he needs some snacks, or if a Shopee delivery guy is waiting in our basement. If I can’t finish my work during this time, I continue later in the evening, where I have another block dedicated to extra work (more on that later).
As I mentioned earlier, I chose this time to work because this is also Tee’s working time, and Dreu acknowledges that. He knows both his parents are working, so he needs to play on his own, and entertain himself. Or some screen time, honestly. Here’s how we keep him entertained during the quarantine.
5:00 – 6:00 PM – DINNER PREP
By 5:00 PM, I am already cooking dinner. I also use this time to pick up some mess that Dreu made while Tee and I were working.
6:00 – 7:00 PM – DINNER & NEWS
We then eat dinner as a family and catch up on some news about what’s happening in the world. I am trying to stay away from social media as much as possible and we only watch the news on reliable News Stations.
After dinner, Tee washes the dishes.
7:00 – 8:00 PM – MORE WORK/BLOG WORK
This is the extra block I have allotted for work. If I wasn’t able to finish my work in the afternoon, I do it during this block. But if work is done, then I do some blog work. I create outlines for the next blog posts or use the time to engage on social media.
8:00 – 9:00 PM – BEDTIME STORIES
During this time, Dreu already asks for his second milk and drags me to bed while he reads me some bedtime stories. Yes, it’s the opposite, I don’t read him books, he reads for me. He likes it that way.
And our bedtime routine follows after the stories.
9:00 – 11:00 PM – BEDTIME ROUTINE
We start our bedtime routine. Since I have a hyperactive child, this takes a while. This is also a time for me to rest my eyes from the computer. And because we wake up late in the morning, we also sleep late at night. Dreu is also a night owl.
Our bedtime routine includes:
- Warm Bath
- Change of nappies
- Then going to the room and turning off the lights
I allow two hours for our bedtime routine and putting Dreu to bed because he’s a very hyperactive kid, and it really takes a while for him to tire down. Most especially, since his afternoon walks are gone (because of the quarantine and our condo has very strict protocol), he doesn’t get tired easily as he did before.
Create a routine that works for you and your family. It helps a lot.
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM – SELF CARE
After a long and successful battle of putting Dreu to sleep, I can now have my ME time. Private time and self-care are so important to me.
My Me time is usually being spent on:
- Warm Bath
- Watching a movie or TV Shows
- Writing on my journal
- Reading my favorite blog posts/quora
- Browsing Pinterest
Sometimes, I also do my online grocery shopping during this time.
When I feel like my mental sanity has been reset by this quiet time, I am all ready for bed.
When do household chores get done?
Most of the chores, like laundry and cleaning, happen during the weekends.
I have also accepted the fact that I need to outsource some of the chores to lessen the load. Tee has been encouraging me that I don’t have to do all things by myself. For example, I now drop our laundry off to the laundry shop, so once we pick it up, it’s all done and folded. I also do the grocery shopping online, so when they’re delivered, that’s when I clean our fridge. Cleaning the bathroom happens while I’m taking my shower.
Quick Tips to Make Your Work From Home Schedule Work For You
The schedule I wrote above is a rough structure of what our day looks like. Here are a few quick tips to make your schedule work for you.
1. Wake up earlier than your kids
This is what keeps me sane. Before, I wait for Dreu to wake up before I get out of bed but then I realized I can do a lot of things when everyone else is still asleep. If I won’t wake up early then I can’t have my quiet time.
2. Plan Your Day
I’m about to write the old adage “failing to plan is planning to fail,” but it’s true. If you know what needs to be done ahead of time, you won;t be wasting your time doing nothing. By planning, you know what’s coming next.
You can also write down quick and easy 5-10 minute tasks so when there’s an opportunity for you to do something, you can do it and check them off your list.
3. Take advantage of nap times
If your child still naps, take advantage of it. You might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned nap times in my schedule because my toddler seldom naps. We’re more on independent play now.
So if your child still naps, this is a good time to focus on work or finish the things you’ve left off.
4. Outsource or seek extra help if needed
We are supermoms but we don’t have to do it all. There are tons of things you can outsource. If you hate doing the laundry, drop it off at a laundry shop. That way, it’s all folded when you pick it up. Grocery shopping can also be done online. I shop using Waltermart’s Website. They’re reliable and so far my experience with Waltermart was good.
Our coffee and Dreu’s diapers are bought online on Shopee.
We also order takeout or instant meals if needed.
There are times when I’m too tired to cook, so we just order from Grab or FoodPanda. Puregold Supermarket has these ready-to-eat meals by Pure Basics. We’ve tried the Beef Kaldereta, and it’s savory. Plus, all you have to do is heat it in your microwave, and you have an instant meal.
Daily Work From Home Mom Schedule with a Toddler
There you go. It’s hard, to be honest. Plus, I’m not really a very organized person but I have to make it work. You may not be able to follow my schedule religiously but as long as you wake up earlier than your kids, plan your day, take advantage of the nap times, and outsource then I’m sure it’ll work.
If you feel like it’s hard to balance working and being a mom, always remind yourself how blessed you are for the opportunity to earn while taking care of your kids.
And if you’re not working from home yet but you want to, here’s a startup checklist for you.
What do you think of our schedule? What does your work from home schedule look like? Maybe we can learn something from it.