As work at home moms, we know that a daily routine is important. We are told time and again that a daily routine is how we can balance everything, get things done, and keep our sanity. But yet, somehow a work at home mom daily routine just never seems to happen quite as planned. Life always has a way of changing things up a bit. Here is how I generally plan my days.
6:30am– Get up, get some quiet in before the day starts, do some blogging work before the kids wake up
7:30am– Kids up, feed the 4-year-old breakfast, nurse the baby
8:30am– Eat my own breakfast
9am-noon– Life with kids, chores, errands if we need to
12noon– Lunch time
1-3:30pm– Quiet time/nap time for the older one, blog work for me in between nursing sessions with the baby
3:30-6pm– Life with kids, more chores, make dinner
7:30pm– Bedtime for the 4-year-old
8-10pm– Baby care, TV time with my husband, social media work from my phone
Here is what a daily routine actually tends to look like.
8:15am– Wake up to the baby crying. Realize I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep after having dealt with a baby who didn’t want to sleep all night. Get the baby fed while the 4-year-old watches TV while waiting not so patiently for her breakfast.
9:30am– Try to get my own breakfast between getting the baby down for a nap and getting the 4-year-old her 3rd piece of peanut butter toast. Realize I’ve done no blogging work yet and try to get some social media posts scheduled between bites of breakfast.
10am-12noon– Deal with a 4-year-old who is cranky because I’m taking care of the baby yet once again, try to get some chores in but the baby is having a clingy morning and refuses to be put down.
12noon– Throw some lunch in front of the 4-year-old and put on a show for her to watch while she eats and either nurse the baby or inhale a sandwich before she wants to nurse.
1pm– Fight with the 4-year-old to go potty and go to her bed. Somehow pottying takes 25 minutes. Meanwhile, the baby who didn’t want to nurse earlier is suddenly starving. Try to feed her while convincing the 4-year-old she is not skipping nap today and needs to hurry up.
1:30-3:30pm– Finally attempt some blogging. Get half a post written before the baby is having a meltdown about something. The 4-year-old has had to go to the bathroom 3 times and now wants to get up from rest time even though she never actually rested.
3:30-4:30pm– Just survive until Daddy gets home
4:30-6pm– Attempt to function and make dinner at the same time. Hopefully the 4-year-old has gone outside to help Daddy with firewood.
6:30pm– Dinner because as I was trying to cook, the baby wanted to eat even though she only ate an hour ago so I had to put dinner on pause.
8pm– Bedtime for the 4-year-old, half an hour late because she wouldn’t eat her dinner and then I suddenly remembered she hasn’t had a bath in a week.
8:10-10pm– Deal with a cranky baby who hates evenings but also hates to go to sleep.
10:15pm– Crawl into bed next to the co-sleeper, continue patting the baby’s butt because it is the only way she’ll sleep. If you stop before she is completely dead to the world asleep, you will have to start over. Oh, and somehow figure out how to keep the pacifier in too. Listen to husband snore and envy how quickly he falls asleep and gets to stay asleep.
11pm– Finally start to drift off to sleep and realize you never got on Pinterest that day and you have 12 tabs still open from the blog post you were trying to work on early. Oh, and you haven’t worked on your Etsy shop in two months. Make a mental note to get up earlier the next day to get it finished even though you know that you’ve just kidding yourself and probably won’t get out of bed until 8am again.
11:30pm– The baby wakes up crying and won’t be soothed. Give up and either put her in bed with me or take her out to the sofa to sleep there for the third time this week.A #WAHM daily routine is rarely what we hope it will be... Click To Tweet
True, a work at home mom daily routine is important but sometimes, life just happens, especially when you have a baby (who hates to sleep) and small children. Sometimes the business just has to come second and the kids come first, no matter how frustrating it is because you want to work.
As I write this, I have spent what feels like my entire day convincing a baby she wants to sleep them having to re-convince her of that every few minutes because she won’t stay asleep. I have written in 2-8 minute increments over the course of 8 hours. It’s just life. Best laid plans and all that. If you are a work at home mom struggling to work with littles at home, you can get frustrated (trust me, I get there too) or you can choose to find the humor and just work in the fringes of your day. Frankly, the latter is more fun. 😉
(A great way to keep a calm atmosphere and help with focus is with the use of essential oils. Some of my favorites for that are Peace and Calming for a calm atmosphere and orange and peppermint for focus. To find out more about essential oils, head on over the Getting Started with Essential Oils and my Essential Oils page.)
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