Success stories. To do lists. Clear vision. Schedules used by real people. This is the beginning of a list of what motivates me.
In the post, “Can I really reach my goals?” I listed 3 things to know as you work towards reaching your dreams. One of those was to Know What Inspires You.
The answer to this question can be more philosophical but it can also be something tangible or technical. I’m a results person. I want to know what works. If you have a success story, I immediately want to know how you got there.
What were your most important accomplished tasks? How is your day to day scheduled? What was a waste of your time?
I’m going to assume that I’m not the only person who wants practical solutions, examples and techniques to reaching our goals. So today, I’ll share just that.
Our problem: Time
Who has enough of it? How do you manage it to get the best results?
I’m a mom of three kids. It’s summer break so all three are home with me. I’m also a woman trying to launch a successful blog, earn a full-time income from home and maintain balance while doing so.
I’m going to share a practical schedule with you today geared towards the work-at-home mom. You can see how I’m squeezing the most out of my day and maybe it will motivate you to set a working schedule as well.
As ALL women know, we have to take control of our day. We are fooling ourselves if we think we can wing it on a daily basis and not feel overwhelmed, exhausted and discouraged. Sometimes it may work and actually be unavoidable but as a routine it will leave us frustrated. Do you agree?
This schedule is designed with the work-at-home mom and the teacher on summer break in mind. In the near future I will also post schedules that pertain to the stay-at-home mom who is not trying to grow a business or earn income from home. I did that for almost 8 years and I KNOW that scheduling = survival at times.
I’ll also be interviewing moms who currently work outside the home or have in the past to gain some perspective on what schedules work best in that situation.
The schedule below is what is currently working for me know. Hope it helps!
4:50 am – Alarm goes off (I always hit the snooze) and I drag myself to the Keurig. 🙂
5:00 – 8:00 – Work time! I spend these hours working on stuff that cannot be accomplished while multitasking with my kids. I’m actually writing this post during these hours! My kids will wake sometime in the 7:00 hour but they will watch cartoons until I fix breakfast around 8:00. This little cutie got up at 7:30 when I was typing this out.
Right now, my work is blogging but for most of the last year I have been going to school for medical coding. Also, my kids use to wake up much earlier than this so it is just recently that this schedule works for me.
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast, straighten the house (make beds if I’m going to do that today) and make myself look half way presentable for the day. If getting ready requires a little more effort that day then I’ll use some of my work time.
9:00-1:00 – During these hours I’m 100% momma. Sports camps, tennis lessons, play dates, Barbies, Cars, saving the world from aliens, anything is possible. I’ll try to throw in some laundry and hopefully squeeze in some exercise as well. I’ve been doing T25 and my kids love doing it with me so we just make it work.
1:00-3:00 – Lunch time and back to work for a few hours. Once I get the kids settled with lunch I grab a protein shake (I’ll be sharing my new favorite recipe this week!) and squeeze in some work. This time is dedicated to multi-tasking. I’ll be interrupted a million times but I dedicate this time to work that makes that possible like responding to emails. This summer I’ll likely be spending this time by the pool. A MAJOR advantage to working from home!!
3:00-5:00 – It’s back to being momma and housework! Laundry, Laundry, Laundry. It’s never ending for us.
5:00-7:00 – Dinner Time and Clean up. I like to end the day with as much of a clean house as possible so while I’m cooking dinner the kids pick up toys. The rest of this time is “flex” time. Nothing planned or scheduled.
7:00-Bedtime – It is summer time right now so bedtime is a lot more flexible. Bath time happens now which may be replaced by a night swim on occasion. Movie and popcorn, family game night (charades is our favorite right now), early bedtime…whatever works.
Since I’m getting up so early I’m in bed (which means everyone else is too) no later than 11:00pm. The kids are asleep by 10:00pm at the ABSOLUTE latest…most likely 9:00pm during the summer. Sometimes I’ll squeeze in one more hour of work before bed.
So now that you see the schedule listed out, let me make a few points.
- It’s summer so our evenings are pretty much free. This will change once school starts.
- My kids are no longer babies so nap time doesn’t exist for me. If it does for you this is a great time to get work done and may eliminate such early mornings.
- It may seem rigid when it is listed out but the kids don’t even know they are on a schedule. There is plenty of time in here for free play, time with momma and the day runs much more smoothly for me if I have an idea of what to expect.
- Change is what makes life exciting and flexibility is what makes working from home a blessing. So there are days or even weeks that this schedule is tossed out the window. I never want to sacrifice living for a schedule so I try to keep that in mind. I will say that the morning part of this routine is key. If my work is mostly finished by 8 or 9am then changing up the middle of the day is much easier.
This is my actual schedule right now and not something I just found off the internet. It is working for me and I’m getting a lot more accomplished than when I didn’t have a “plan”.
My hope is that after reading about my schedule you can begin to create a routine that works for you.
Your “work” may be finishing school, starting a blog, running a business, virtual assistant or DIY projects. No matter what it is, take a moment and make a plan. Map out how you will get to your destination and JUMP in!
Let me know your scheduling secrets in the comments below. As always, if you have any questions or if I can help in any way feel free to send me an email through my Contact Page.
Much love guys,
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