I’ve been working from home for almost two years! While I am elated to not have a traditional office setup, working from home comes with its own set of challenges. When you first start to work from home you may have a variety of ideas for how things will be so much more easier for your life! You’ll think about the perfect healthy dinners you’ll have cooked on time and the perfect lunches you’ll have and the cleaning you’ll get done before the kids get home. But then you’re 30 days in and still pulling out your hair at all the things you still have to accomplish on top of getting work done.
As a busy work at home mom, easy productivity tips from another mom was what I needed when I started out. In order to formulate this list of easy work at home tips for the busy mom, I polled my 3k+ Instagram followers for their best advice. I wanted this list to be inclusive of things that have worked for other moms as well as a means to help as many mamas out as possible.
Productivity Tips for Work At Home Moms
Be an Early Rise
Wake up earlier than your family and use that time to have quiet working time or some time for self-care.
What a great boost for the day weather your choice is coffee or tea, getting started in the morning has been easier for me with a nice hot cup of coffee. I praise the moms who function without caffeine, but this was suggested over 25 times so of course, it made the list.
Keep Work Hours
Working from home can get very dangerous when it comes to boundaries. Not having clear boundaries can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and overworked, but if you keep your set work hours and remain consistent, it will keep you from spilling work into your personal life.
Work Outside The Home
Getting out of the house was voted for a lot! I live in New York City so there are a ton of coworking spaces to sign up for. But if you don’t have coworking spaces, try a cafe for the day or even the park – getting out is a good break from the confines of the home.
Make a to-do list for the day
A to-do list is a great way to stay on task with the day, not the same as daily goals because a to-do list is very task oriented which can related to goals.
YES! You need to rest and recharge your mind through the night so you’re working day will be as smooth as possible.
Leave your phone in another room, this will help you stay focused on work as often as possible. Although as a blogger I work on my phone a lot, I find that even just a few hours of leaving it alone I can really focus on my work.
Play Music While Your Work
Music is essential for me, and a great tool for self-care. Create a playlist with different moods for your day, I have one that is calm and another that I can use for short dance breaks.
Even the tiniest apartments have some place that can be used as a dedicated workspace. Having this space will help you not be tempted to lie in bed all day with your laptop (though days like this are often needed). Set your workspace up like a real office or use your kitchen table, it’s all about what will work for you and help you remain productive.
Set daily goals – they don’t have to be huge!
Another top voted tip! I like to set daily, weekly and monthly goals and keep them visible so they stay top of mind.
Plan in advance
The same way you would plan your weeks and meetings ahead in a normal work setting, do the same for your work at home life. Whether you work for yourself, clients or a company; planning in advance is a good way to stay ahead of the game and keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Time-blocking is just another way of keeping a schedule and planning in advance. When you time-block your life, it’s easier to see things in advance and stay organized.
These Productivity Tips are great not just for busy moms but for all work at home people. In 2020 more people are working a flexible location job than ever before and we could all use these to make life just a little bit easier on ourselves.
Do you have any easy work at home tips to share? Leave me a comment or email so this list can grow!