Working From Home With Kids and Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Over the past year and a half, working from home with kids running around seems to have become the norm. Many people were thrown into the work-from-home life involuntarily. And there are others, like me, who choose this life because we actually want to be home with our kids and have a thriving career. 

I hear all the time from WAHMs who feel like they are constantly in survival mode because let’s be honest, working from home with kids is hard. I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s possible to have a career from home and not just survive but actually thrive. As an OBM and business strategist, I know the importance of being productive and actually feeling like you’ve accomplished something with your workday. As a WAHM, I’ve learned a lot of do’s and don’t’s and want to save you the frustration from the mistakes I’ve made.  So since we’re all about supporting each other here, I want to share with you what I’ve learned about successfully working from home with kids. 

Have a Dedicated Workspace

One benefit of working from home is not having to leave and go to the office. However, having a dedicated “office” at home is important to help yourself stay productive. It’s totally okay if you don’t have an extra room to use as an office. Set up a desk, card table, or whatever you have and make that space dedicated for work. This helps you to feel like you’re “at the office” during work hours, allowing you to feel more focused. Equally as important, you are able to “leave the office” when work time is over and actually leave your work there. 

Plan Your Days

I’ve always heard, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” While not having a plan for your workweek won’t make you a failure, it will definitely make things harder on you. Knowing what to expect day to day and having your tasks laid out will help you to stay on track and be productive. I like to start each week by looking at my schedule, blocking off specific hours dedicated for work, and dividing out my weekly tasks between those time blocks. Of course, unplanned tasks will come up throughout the week. So I try to start each day by making a to-do list. Having this plan helps me to stay focused, feel productive, and maintain my sanity.  

Remember, Flexibility is Key

I know what you’re probably thinking… “Ashley, you just told me to have a plan. Now you’re telling me flexibility is key???” If there’s one thing all parents can agree on, it’s that kids don’t always stick to a schedule. Having a flexible mindset and remembering that things won’t always go according to plan will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

In case you need to read that again… Ask. For. Help. Trying to juggle everything by yourself is just asking for burnout. It’s nearly impossible to do everything when you’re trying to do it alone. (At least with my kids it is!) So take advantage of family in the area. Hire a nanny. Ask your partner to help. Do whatever you need so you can have some uninterrupted work time. Whatever that looks like for you, don’t feel guilty about it! Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re doing bad at your job or being a bad parent. It means that you are focusing the necessary time on your work so you can be completely present with your kids when you’re done. Plus, your kids will love the outside attention!

Work While Your Kids Sleep

I started my career from home so that I could spend more time with my kids. I’ve learned one way to do that is to work while they sleep. This may mean getting up a little earlier or staying up a little later, which isn’t always ideal. But it also means having more free time for fun activities during the day, which is probably why you decided to work from home in the first place! 

Turn Off Your Notifications

This may seem counterintuitive, especially if you are running your own business. But turning off your notifications and setting those work hour boundaries is an important step to being fully present with your kids. You didn’t decide to run your business from home just to look at your phone all day while your kids do their own thing. You did it to be there with your kids! Once I turned off my notifications, I have found myself looking at my phone way less and enjoying quality time with my kids way more! 

I know I’ve learned a lot from my time as a WAHM and hope that you were able to learn something valuable from me too! One other way I’ve found success working from home is by (virtually) surrounding myself with other women who truly understand the WAHM life. Being able to talk with and learn from other women has been so important, especially since I’m surrounded by littles all day. If you want to find an awesome support system too, I highly suggest The Cyber Squad Collective! To read more about the value of support and learn about The Cyber Squad Collective, check out this blog post.

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