One of the most commonly asked questions I get is “how do you do it?” My general answer is, because I have to but that isn’t very helpful to anyone. So today I am sharing what my daily schedule looks like and how I juggle working and kids, fairly successfully.
5h00: Wake Up Time. David goes running most mornings so he is up before 5h00 and makes coffee. Most mornings I use this time to run through my day but if my to-do list is a little crazy I will get up and get some work done before the kids wake up. Jack is usually the first of the younger two up anytime from 5h30.
Tip: Get up before your kids! This makes the world of difference to my day.
6h00 – 6h15: I pack Jacks lunch and help David get Cameron, Kiara and Jack out the door on their way to school. Cameron has to be at the bus by 6h25 which is why we have to leave so early.
6h20 – 7h00: I do my work out. I used to do it after we dropped Emma but this time slot makes more sense and it works perfectly for me.
Tip: Get your workout in as early as possible in your day. It gets it out the way and starts your day right. I am doing some workouts with Body Fit by Amy – she has workouts that are under 30 minutes, using no equipment and ones with equipment. If you want something a little more personal, contact Carla.
7h00 – 7h20: We take Emma to school. We walk her most days which is why she is done after the other kids.
7h20 – 8h00: Breakfast, shower, quick tidy up.
Tip: If you don’t have domestic help, use this time to do an express clean up. Set a timer for 15/20 minutes and get the most important stuff done. You will be amazed at how much you can do in this time.
8h00 – 13h30: This is my work time.
Tip: Every Thursday David does the school run which means every Thursday my day is a bit longer and isn’t “disrupted” by the school run. If this is possible, do it! It doesn’t have to be your partner but if you have grandparents who can help or a friend, or even use aftercare one day a week.
13h30 – 14h30: School run. It is currently only an hour but before I started using Cool (kids’) Cabs the school run used to take me up to 3 hours some days.
The rest of the afternoon depends on the day of the week. The girls have dancing, Jack and Emma have horse riding. So my work time becomes very disrupted from 13h30.
Tip: Save easier work until this time of the day. Get the important done early and then do the more menial tasks during this time. I usually do my email replying at this time, blog post sharing and other things that don’t require full concentration and can be interrupted.
18h00: Cameron finishes swimming
19h00: Bedtime starts with Jack and Emma, it can take a while to get Emma down so generally (ok every night) I fall asleep with Emma.
Tip: Unless you are someone who can work late and function, do not push yourself. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, let your body rest and recharge.
When I look at this it looks pretty neat and tidy and manageable. While it is manageable not every day runs to schedule. Some days meetings run longer, deadlines need to be met, kids are sick and schedules change. My biggest tip is to be flexible with your time but also know when to say NO. I have set days for meetings, I don’t take meetings on days outside of that.
Be ruthless with your time. As a mom working from home, time is like gold, don’t be afraid to say no, to schedule time for yourself and be realistic.
And as a bonus to help you manage your daily routine I have a free printable for you. You can download your daily schedule planner here.