Organize Your Workspace for Work & Homeschool - Business Savvy Mama

How to Organize Your Workspace for Work and Homeschool

What do organizing your workspace and productivity have in common?

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Let’s continue the theme of making your work and homeschool life easier with tips for organizing your workspace. Organizing creates an environment that fosters focus. It minimizes distractions. It also helps keep mom work or school work from spilling from room to room. And prevents lost homework, lost Chromebooks, lost workbooks, lost reading books, etc.

Want to see massive results in focus and productivity? Commit to creating a specific workspace. And maintain the space by putting things away in their place so you can find them when you need them. It’s literally as easy as a 10 minute clean up at the end of your school or workday. You start the following day with a clear space. Plus you have the items you need when you need them…Because an organized workspace means less time looking for lost things.

The Practice of Organizing Your Workspace

So many people see organizing their desk as a one and done task. They do it monthly or seasonally or perhaps when the space becomes unbearable. I’m suggesting that you work the practice of maintaining your space into your daily work or school routine.

And you may be thinking “at the end of the day I just want to be done”. Or there’s no way I can get my kid to clean up when they are done, they just want out. But the long term benefits to maintaining your workspace include getting work done quicker, working more focused, and actually spending less time “working” because you have what you need when you need it and aren’t getting up to look for it.

And let’s be real…how many of us enjoy saying “do you know where your folder with you work is”. Or “where is my laptop? I have Zoom call”. Knowing where to find the supplies we need makes working from home, whatever that work is, so much easier.

And I’m sure your family will gladly spend a few extra minutes putting things away at the end of work session if they can avoid crazy mommy time. My kids will literally do anything to prevent crazy mommy time.

Have I convinced you? Do you agree that taking the time to organize a specific workspace is beneficial for you? Your family? And your neighbors who may hear you losing your mind? Here are my steps create and keep a workspace organized.

Start Organizing Your Workspace

First, collect all the items you might need for work or school in one space. Depending on your curriculum or your work, there is a list of frequently used items you will need. Make a list of those items then start to collect them in one place.

And don’t think “I don’t have a home office so I can’t create a workspace”. Or “we have 3 kids and only one office to share so we can’t create dedicated spaces”. Sure, you may not be able to have one desk per child. But each kid can have a bin or basket to hold the supplies they need in one place. And the same applies to mom.

Organizing your workspace is especially important if you share a workspace. It makes it easier to keep track of whose work is whose. When you keep a list of frequently used items in your space, you can see what supplies need refilling. And it makes it easy to make your workspace mobile if you need family members working in different rooms.

Maintaining Your Organized Workspace

Next, make a habit of putting those supplies away in their home after your work sessions. Maintenance is a far too often overlooked step in organizing processes. And spending a few minutes returning items to their homes can save you many minutes, even hours, looking for office supplies and lost homework.

My challenge to you today is to make a list of everything you need in a typical workday. Or everything your child would need in a school day. Bonus points if you go ahead and collect all those items in one space. And bonus bonus points if you assign them a home in your home. 🤣

Got questions about organizing your space? What to put your supplies in? How to get in the maintenance habit? Let me know in the comments below…


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Why Mom Needs an Early Morning Routine

Wanna know my mom success secret? It’s my early morning routine…

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My early morning routine is key for me…It helps me run my business. Show up as a teacher for my kids during distance learning. And keep mom guilt at bay with having plenty of time in the evenings for family.

I wake up at very early. Like 5am early. But this quiet early morning time finds me the extra time I need for things like self-care and focused work. Committing to wake up earlier than you kids, even by just 30-60 minutes, helps see progress on to-do’s. And less stress in getting things done.

Because I wake up and work early, I complete my work without juggling kids and work (and maybe school.) I can focus on the work that needs finishing in quiet. And potentially get even more done because you can focus. And it’s quiet.

You may not have seen yourself as a morning person before. Trust me, I never saw myself as a morning person. But I do see myself as a productive person. And I know that incomplete tasks mean something has to give. And evening family time is a non-negotiable for me. I need to change in order for me to complete my work while spending plenty of quality time with my family. It will not magically happen.

Working in an extended, focused time frame helps you complete your small projects. And start the ball rolling for the parts and pieces of your larger tasks. Often completing those tasks means more eyes on your business and more people in your community. Perhaps even more revenue in your business. Cha-ching!

You can look at your to-do list at the end of the day and think “wow, I got so much accomplished before my kids woke up today.” Or “Breakfast will be much less hectic if I’m not trying to prepare for a Zoom call while my kids are screaming about Cocoa Krispies.”

And which mom do you think shows up happier and more present for their family in the even…the mom that completes her tasks, made some sweet moolah or showed up to help change a client’s life. Or the mom who feels like that never complete anything, like they aren’t making any money, or they aren’t helping anyone change their life. I can tell you from experience that the first mom shows up MUCH happier for family time.

How to Start an Early Morning Routine

But where do you even begin if you want to start incorporating an early morning routine as a mom? Should you just start taking sleeping pills at 8 o clock and setting the alarm for 5am? I mean, you could, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

In fact, I recommend taking a slow. That exactly the way my first coach presented it to me. Wake up 30 minutes earlier. When that feels easier or you feel like you’d like a bit more time, bump it back another 30 minutes. When I started, it took me 6 months to go from waking up at 730am on the weekdays to 530am. But once I saw the benefits of added self-care and focused work, I easily convinced myself to wake even earlier. So as you start to waking earlier, record the happy feelings you have in relation to your morning routine. Those reminders will come in handy on the mornings you aren’t as keen to jump out of bed.

Plan Your Morning the Night Before

My next tip for creating a successful morning routine is to set your morning up BEFORE you wake up. Not while you’re sleeping obviously, but have a plan in place for what you will do before you sit down to do it. Because if the point of waking up earlier is to work in a focused way or take some time for yourself, you don’t want to waste the time like “what did I need to do” or wandering around looking for your yoga pants. Especially if you are starting out with only 30 minutes or so extra. Set your intentions either the night before or at the end of your previous workday. Then you know exactly what it is you’ll be tackling the next morning.

Aren’t sure what priority tasks you should tackle off your list? Check out my TRIM Your To-Do List episode by clicking here.

Do Something You Love When You Wake Up

My final tip in creating a early morning routine is to include something you love in your early morning routine. Trust me when I tell you it is so much easier to get yourself out of bed if you have your favorite face mask, great coffee, or a great book you’re reading waiting for you. Here is how I start my day…A quick meditation on the Calm app followed by my gratitude journal and then a cup of coffee. Which is drank warm because I don’t set it down and forget about it while tending to some child problem. Because it’s 5 am and my kids are still asleep. Hot coffee, a clear mind, and an abundant mindset are great ways to start a productive day.

Wanna start an early morning routine of your own? Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier tomorrow morning. Just 15 minutes. And when you set that alarm, decide what thing you love to do you’ll do in those 15 minutes. Read a book? Watch the sun come up? Exercise? Tell your brain that you too can love waking up early so you complete your work, show up, and stay present for you time with your kids. Whether it’s while you homeschool or just for family time in the evening.

Let me know in the comments below what you plan to do with your extra early morning time. 👇👇👇


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How to Balance Homeschool and Work Like a Mom Boss

Looking to balance homeschool and work from home?

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This week, I want to give you strategies to balance work from home and homeschool for all those mamas out there who might be gearing up to homeschool or distance learning.

Today we are going to talk about what you need to be doing NOW to get your routine in place to work from home and homeschool. And from what I see around social media, there are LOTS of moms out there who will need to balance this is some way, shape or form. It could mean full-time homeschool. Or maybe in class part-time. And possibly preparing in case your kids are heading back but there is that chance that they may be home for school at some point. My tips today will help you create a structure and routine so everyone knows expectations, what needs done when, and that everyone in the family has what they need to get their work done…whether that work is school work or mom work.

Want to know what will make you most successful when it comes to the balancing act? Taking time now to pre-plan by creating structure and getting very clear on what your work and home priorities. Winging it does not work for running a business. It often does not work for family life. And based on what I read in many Facebook groups, winging it while homeschooling and trying to run a business or work from home does not work either.

The steps we are going to talk about today may be different from what you tried in the Spring because now we have some time to plan. At least we know what is coming or have an idea of what to expect. We can start to create a structure for our success. We know what worked or did not work in the past. And we can add or subtract or change where necessary.

Can I Balance Homeschool and Work?

I know there may be mamas out there feeling anxiety over what the school year will look like. Maybe you felt overwhelmed in the Spring. Maybe you feel like your kids will fall behind and that you will be blamed for their loss of education. There is understandably a lot of fear around being responsible for the education for your kids. You might also be stressed because there are literally not enough hours in the day to do everything. Like the only thing that can make this situation any better would be a cloning machine…or a fast forward button.

But implementing the steps we are talking about today you can feel confident in your efforts. You will know when your kids will be working, when you are working, and what the expectations for your family. And you can actually feel accomplished in your day because you focus your time on completing your priority tasks.

And having a daily schedule will help everyone in your house to know the expectations. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again…kids thrive on structure and routine. Clearly defining expectations helps diffuse arguments and helps everyone complete their work.

And when there is less confusion, frustration, yelling, or questions, the family will feel more calm. And they will get more done. There are clear and stated expectations for every day. And when those tasks are completed, you’re free to do whatever socially distanced, family activities you want. Right?

So what exactly is this framework or structure I’m talking about? Well, here are the 4 pillars I use to complete my work while balancing school.

Create a Clearly Defined Daily Schedule

First, I create a clearly defined daily schedule. I know what I am doing when. And my kids know their schedule too. I know I wake up at 5 am and I will be working on XYZ until they wake. They know at breakfast we will go over their assignment for the day. We talk about what is due today. And what we can move until later in the week if we don’t get it done.

I also make sure I set reminders on my phone for Zoom calls or important project due dates. You also do this on a written calendar. But it’s just easy for me to tell my digital assistant to add a reminder or task to my calendar.

One final note when it comes to a daily schedule…I found it helpful to write down the assignments that were due each day. Kind of like what I would do for my daily to-do list. I would check the apps our teachers used when we were eating breakfast to create our daily workflow. And to make your school day planning easier, I’ve created a link to a customizable worksheet on Canva. This is like the one I use so you can implement a similar plan and structure. I’ve made it so you can customize it with your kid’s names and subjects. Print it out daily. Or you can do like I did and laminate it so you can reuse the same copy.

Grab your free School Day Template to help create your daily routine by clicking here.

Start Practicing Your Routine Now

Speaking of implementing a plan and routine, my second pillar is to start practicing your new schedule now. Summer may have lead to later evenings, later mornings, and a willy nilly meal schedule. But think about how schools run their day…there is a clear pattern of events. A bell rings. You have announcements. You eat your lunch at a certain time. Have recess at a certain time. By a few weeks in, even the youngest kids know the flow of the day and expectations.

That is why it is so key for you to start to work on your “school day” schedule. Start waking at regular times. eating at regular times. Maybe even include some reading or learning to wake those brain muscles back up if they’ve also been on break. And to be clear, I am not suggesting a super rigid schedule down to the minute…unless of course that is what works best for your family. Create a simple schedule now like: wake at 8 am. Eat breakfast until 9 am. Read between 9 and 10. Do some sort of physical activity from 10-11…Work a structure back in place to help you succeed when actual assignments start coming in from your school.

Know Your Priorities

My third pillar is priorities…for both your work and your kids’ schoolwork, it is vital that you know what is due when. You have to know what MUST be done first. This way you aren’t struggling to file a report while your kid is struggling to write a report.

Knowing due dates, getting them on your schedule, making time to focus on them will help knock those important to-do’s off your list. You may even be able to bring in help or enlist a spouse or older child. For instance, if you have an urgent project that needs completing at the same time your kid will need help. This is why you need to know when those priorities are due. Remember proper preparation prevents poor performance. Know your priorities, get them on the schedule, and get help when things feel overwhelming.

Give Yourself Grace

Finally, you need to give yourself some grace. Actually, a lot of grace. Many of us tackling homeschool or distance learning didn’t expect to be teachers. Obviously there are going to be days when school or work is easier than others. As evidenced by the multitude of social media posts I saw last Spring, many of you worried not only about the education of your child, but about your relationship with you children…which in many cases never included teaching math or science. Do your best…make a structure, stick to a routine, know your expectations, clarify the expectations for your kids, and complete priority tasks.

Take some time today to map out what your day might look like once school starts…If it hasn’t started already. Create a loose schedule. Talk to your kids about what it will look like. Talk to them about your needs to work from home and what you expect of them. And as soon as you can, start implementing a framework. Include wake up time, meal times, and of course, play times. And don’t forget to grab my free download to help you organize your daily assignments. You can grab that by clicking here.

Got a great tip to share how you balance homeschool and work? Please share in the comments below. 👇👇👇


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TRIM you to-do list to get more done

You Should TRIM Your To-Do List to Get More Done

Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list?

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If you are the mom with a huge, constantly revolving to-do list on your Notes app or a yellow legal pad, today’s episode is for you. If you feel like you don’t know what to do or where to start because your list is so long, I got you, mama.

My TRIM method will help you pare your to-do list down to the essentials and focus on what is urgent and important to do for your work, home, and family. And by focusing on what is a priority, those urgent and important things, you’ll feel less overwhelmed. And you may even want to tackle some of those other to-do list tasks that aren’t as urgent and important.

Up until now, you may just keep a running log of what you want to get done. Or maybe you have a daily checklist in a planner or on your phone. But have you taken the time to prioritize the tasks? Or are you just doing them in the order they’re written? Maybe you’re doing what you want to do first?

By TRIM-ing your to-do list first, you pay your bills, you file your reports in a timely manner, and you see results from completing tasks that will actually have an impact on your work and home life.

When you focus on the tasks that will really have an effect, you will start to feel more accomplished. You may even find some of those other tasks you THOUGHT you needed to do don’t need done now. You may be able to shorten what it is that you need to do. And you can cut down on busywork that may just be you spinning your wheels rather than actually progressing forward.

And of course, when mama feels more accomplished and happy, the family feels more accomplished and happy. Trust me, it is much easier to shut down working mom brain and focus on family time when you cross those urgent and important tasks off the to-do list.

Take a look at your list of tasks and determine what is urgent and important if it falls into these categories…and just a note, some tasks may fall into more than one of these categories. I feel like that just emphasizes the fact that you should do those tasks first.

“T” is for Time Sensitive

Does the task have a deadline or due date? Is that deadline or due date approaching or has it passed? Or are there sub-tasks that are time sensitive that you need to do in order to complete the project or tasks on time? Like you’re doing a podcast interview next week but the host would like you to send a headshot and bio before the interview. Because there is a due date for submitting my headshot and bio, I would consider that task “Time Sensitive”.

“R” is for Required

In other words, is it something you must do or there may be a consequence. For instance, you have to log into a certain site and watch a video. You have to take a class. Or you need to take a test. You need to schedule a meeting. Think “what will happen if I don’t do this tasks.” If the answer is something that may have negative results for your business, your home, or your family, then it is a required tasks you need to do.

“I” stands for Impact

Impact tasks will positively affect your business or home life. From a business standpoint, this is where being clear on which marketing avenues actually help you grow your business and get new clients, and which do not. If a huge part of your clientele comes from social media, tasks related to social media would be considered “impactful”. But if you don’t see a good ROI on a particular platform or you find more success with networking or email marketing, make sure those tasks that make an impact are the first to-do’s you tackle.

“M” is for Money-Related

Finally, will doing this tasks help you make money? I could mean returning an email or phone call to a potential client. Or finishing an online product. Or uploading items to sell in your online store. It could also mean not doing this task cost you money…as in paying your bills late or not paying your bills at all. Think of how completing or not completing this task can positively or negatively impact your bottom line for your business or your family.

Today’s action step for TRIMing your to-do list starts with evaluating your list. Determine what needs done first and what could be delayed or dropped. If a task is Time Sensitive, Required, Will Have a Impact, or is Money Related, do those tasks first! Anything else you can throw in during your day will be a bonus.

Doing a regular review to TRIM your to-do’s will help you stay on track of the most urgent and important tasks for your home and business and help you feel like you get more done. So, what can you TRIM from your to-do list today? Tell me in the comment below…


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Laura McLean – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Laura McLean from Small Business Moms…

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Today we kick off our regular Thursday feature called “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur.” As a two time mompreneur myself, I know it can feel like a lonely island. Like everyone else gets it or figured it out. But these episodes give you a peek behind the curtain of moms running a small business in many different fields with kids of all ages and varying years of experience. I hope it inspires you. And gives you a sense of camaraderie or that you are not alone.

We kick off with Laura McLean, owner and founder of Small Business Moms. She is a wife and mom to two boys, a dog, and two lizards. She is a minivan driver, coffee lover, and chaos coordinator. Laura’s passion to help other mom business owners to grow their businesses while raising a family. When not helping small business moms, she loves to be outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, and swimming with her family.

You can listen to my chat with Laura at the link above. Or get an over view of her answers below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

To bring other moms running small businesses together

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Growing Facebook communities and Facebook groups.

Laura McLean - Small Business Moms

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Do self care and self development count – I tend to put myself last.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Delegate or hire as soon as you can so you can focus on your strengths and the things that help your business the most.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

I most recently took email off my phone, as well as other apps and only check those on desktop on weekday mornings. It was very distracting from important work and family time.

Where can we find you on social media?

Website

Small Business Moms Facebook Page

Small Business Moms Facebook Group

Instagram


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How to Limit Distractions to Increase Productivity

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Try thinking about what we can stop rather than what we can start. Which is why today’s topic is limiting distractions. Limiting distractions is key to increase productivity. And it is helpful for anyone who finds themselves unfocused or interrupted in their workflow. So basically every single mom who has ever tried to anything ever. 🤷‍♀️

But the good news is, if you recognize your distractions and limit those distractions, you will see your productivity skyrocket. The steps I give you today not only tell you how to limit distractions but help you recognize what is distracting. And why it’s important for it to stop.

A study by George Mason University in 2014 found not only did distractions increase the time it took to complete work but also the quality of work output. And if you’re juggling work-home life like I’m juggling work-home life, I cannot afford for things to take more time or need reworked.

And yet, how many times have I found myself at the end of a work session wondering where the time went. Or why didn’t I get more done or what can’t I ever seem to get ahead.

By implementing the strategies I give you today, you’ll be knocking tasks off your to-do list left and right because your work blocks will be focused and in the zone. You will feel accomplished at the end of the day rather than constantly moving tasks to the next day. And, of course, getting more quality work done efficiently benefits your family because mom can stay present during family time. And when she’s away from work because work is DONE!

How to Limit Distractions to Increase Productivity

So what is my strategy…it’s so simple. Ready…make yourself aware when something pulls your focus. Then take the steps to stop or delay that distraction. Yep. It’s that easy.

And I get that we all realize that social media or crying kids pull our focus…But have we taken the time to truly recognize that it is preventing us from getting work done? Have we thought about a solution to prevent the distraction from happening again? Or do we just think “oops, I got sucked into Instagram again…guess I better get back to work.”

You need to identify AND problem solve. If you notice social media pulls your attention, you could turn off notifications, delete the app from your phone, or maybe even leave your phone in another room away from your workspace in order to avoid possible temptation. (Full disclosure…this is a tactic I often employ in the evenings to prevent social media from distracting me from family time.)

Or perhaps your distraction is a cluttered workspace. Do your eyes wander to a pile of unopened mail or papers to file instead of the work you need to do? Your solution may be to open and deal with mail when it comes in the house. Or make it a point to file your papers at the end of the day.

Do your children seem to need more of your attention in the afternoon? Maybe take time before a focused afternoon work session to read a book. Or play a quick game with your kids before you’d like them to play independently.

Whatever it is that distracts you, take a moment to recognize the pull of your attention. Then create a solution to prevent it from happening again. If at first, your solution doesn’t succeed, try again. This is what will increase your productivity. The distractions won’t magically disappear. But by actively working to reduce interruptions you can work more focused and get more done.

Today’s action step to help you limit distractions and increase productivity is to recognize what distracts you. Take time out, write it down, and make yourself fully aware of what pulls your focus. Then brainstorm possible solutions to limit those distractions. Talk to other business owners or moms you know. Chances are if you’re struggling with a distraction, someone else is too. They may have a solution you haven’t thought of. And you can always reach out to me for help creating a solution.


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Find more time - Business Savvy Mama

3 Ways to Find More Time for What Matters

Trying to find more time for family? Self-care? Your spouse?

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Today, I’m talking to the mamas who feel like they never have enough time. I am going to help you find or create more time in your day. And yes, I am a magician. 😉

Here’s the trick…Are you willing to make some choices with where you spend your time? Are you willing to work on figuring out your priorities? Then you will start to find more time to do the things you love.

And this is great because you have the power to start right now. Today. As soon as you finish listening to this episode. You have always had this ability and it will cost you nothing to get started. Win and win in my book!

Incorporating and practicing today’s time management tactics will help you find time in your day and schedule for what is important to you. You will start to feel like you are less stressed on a daily basis because your to-do list is getting to-done. And you can actually find some time to do something for yourself…if that is one of your priorities. Which it absolutely should be. 😉

And your family will benefit from you being less stressed and more available to them for focused, family time. Sound like something you can get on board with? Yep, I totally agree.

Pick Your No’s

Your first tip to find more time is to Pick Your No’s.  Whump-whump…as in the things you say “no” to. I stole this bit of parenting advice I received when I was pregnant for my first child. But I think it applies well here as well. So often when we feel overscheduled or stressed about time, it’s because we have said “yes” too often. “Yes!” I will do this for a client on short notice. I will absolutely enroll my kids in 7 different activities. “Sure.” I will agree to make cookies for the school fundraiser and deliver meals to a friend who’s had a baby. And run a business. And have a family life…

Just to be clear, I am not saying any of these things are wrong or that you shouldn’t do them…unless you feel overwhelmed by your schedule and that things are slipping through the cracks. When you start to feel that way, you have to pick your no’s and figure out where saying yes is important and where you need to say no.

Make Your Priorities a Priority

Picking your “no’s” goes hand-in-hand with my second tip to find more time…Make your priorities a priority. Know what is important for you to focus your time on. Get those activities on the calendar. Do what’s important first thing when you sit down to work or with your family when you wake up each day.

I often see a vicious cycle where moms are frustrated because they feel pulled in too many directions because they aren’t clear on what is important for their business or family life. And because they aren’t clear on what’s important in their business or family life, they do all the things trying to make sure every base is covered…all the while stressing out themselves and often their family.

Getting clear on your priorities helps you focus your time and energy on the things that truly matter in growing your business or spending time with your family. And if you have time for other stuff, that’s gravy.

Ask for Help

My final tip to find more time is to let someone help you. And I know this can be hard. Believe me. I am the queen of thinking I can just do it all myself. Or that I can do it so I should. Or that I can do it right and I don’t want someone to mess it up. But letting go of a little control and allowing ourselves help will go a long way in helping us buy time, move forward, and spend more time with our families. You cannot be the only person who does all the things without cracking eventually.

And getting help doesn’t mean surrendering all control. This may mean your spouse puts the kids to bed so you can work on your priorities in the evening. Or everyone pitches in for a 10-minute cleanup session every afternoon. Yes, your spouse might not read The Pout Pout Fish the way you do. And yes, the toys might not make it into the exact right bin you’ve labeled. But sometimes done is better than perfect. Especially if you feel stressed and overwhelmed.

If you feel ready and inspired to find more time in your schedule for what is important and what you love, I want to you take action on the steps I’ve given you today…

  • Pick Your No’s and start saying yes only when something is a priority.
  • Make your priorities a priority. Get those urgent and important things that help you grow your business or spend more quality time with your family on the schedule.
  • Ask for help if you are still struggling to fit it all in. Figure out what you can have someone in your family help with or hire out tasks that don’t require your direct involvement.

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How to Combat Working Mom Guilt Like a Pro

Let’s chat working mom guilt.

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Mom guilt something that I dealt with since I became a mother. I have always worked since I had my kids. I stayed home for about 14 weeks with my first son. When I went back to work and had three different part-time jobs during the first year of his life. So I totally get the working mom guilt thing.

I’ve developed a couple of strategies because I believe that kids need us. But I also believe there is something to be learned in learning patience or maybe even a little boredom.

Today’s podcast episode helps all you mamas out there feeling like you can’t ever get anything done because the minute you start to write an email or unload the dishwasher, a tiny human starts crying that they need your attention. The tips I share help the mamas who can problem solve for the fits and tears before they happen…and who can work on a healthy mindset about what your child can learn by playing independently.

Up until now, you may have tried asking them to play quietly or told them you needed some space without actually creating a plan for spending quality time either before or after you work.

My tactics may be different from what you’ve tried in the past because they require a bit of pre-planning…both in your work schedule and in your thinking around how you will confront those guilty feelings that creep up when your kids are crying but you need to get work done.

If you implement these steps you will start to create confidence in your kid’s ability to play independently. AND your ability to work (even if it is just for short periods of time). You’ll feel much less of that mom guilt because you are actually building quality time with your kids into your schedule.

Creating a routine around when you work helps everyone know what to expect when mom needs to work. You’ll hear me say this a lot…kids and adults love structure and routine.

Another fun fact, you benefit by getting work done and spending quality time with your kids. Your kids will benefit by spending quality time with you and learning some independent play skills…what’s not to love. Here are three of my strategies for combatting working mom guilt like a pro.

Start with Quality Time

First, start out your work session with some quality time with your child before your quality time for work. This helps to assuage any mom guilt because you know you’ve spent time with your kids. If you’ve got younger kids, start out by having them pick out to short books or an easy game. You’ll read or play with them. Then say “all right, Mommy needs to work now and when we get done we can do something else.”

Spending quality time before takes the working mom guilt off the plate because, ta-da, you already have spent some time with your kids. Start with short activities that might take like 15 or 20 minutes prior to your work session. This will help to tamper those guilty feelings of taking time to do the work that you need to do.

And that “work” doesn’t need to be sitting at a computer and answering emails. That work might be putting away laundry or I’m cleaning the bathroom. You can totally use the same sort of tactic of starting out with intentional time one-on-one time with the kids. And then move into your work, whatever that looks like.

Give Them a Carrot

My next tip is to offer them a carrot…Try saying “if you give me the time I need to get this work done, then we will do something you want to do.” Like we will go on a bike ride. Or we will go to the park. Or we will do something that will take a little bit more time.

This works really well if you have analog clocks in your house. As a professional organizer, I often encouraged my clients to have analog clocks. They really help for kids (and adults) to see the passage of time better. In this instance, you say to them “if you give me till a certain time, we will do something that you want to do.” Then you are able to point to the clock and say “the big hand is on the three. If you give me to work until the big hand is on the 12, we will take a bike ride.

Analog clocks give a visual way to see this passage of time. It helps to know when they’re going to get that thing you are offering them. This tactic can also buy you time for work that you’re doing in your house.

Boredom is Good for Kids

My final tip for tamping down mom guilt while you’re trying to be productive is that boredom is actually good for kids. And I know that that sounds crazy to think about but it actually encourages problem solving and creativity. The idea that you have to be 24/7 available to meet the entertainment needs of your kids just isn’t true. And there are plenty of studies to back this up.

A 2014 study from the University of Michigan observed how kids react to having more options to play with and guided play versus less options and independent play. They found when they gave kids fewer toys and allowed them to play independently, it encouraged problem solving and creativity. Because it forces them to exercise those brain muscles.

And the same is true if you are trying to be productive and get stuff done around your house. Telling kids they need to go figure out for themselves what they want to play with is a great way for them to create those neurological pathways. It allows their brain to be creative and to solve problems. Don’t feel like you have to spoon feed your kids entertainment every single day…Especially if you are trying to be productive.

How will you pre-plan to combat working mom guilt? What are your techniques for creating healthy mindset around working in front of kids? Share below to help a mama who may need your strategy. 😀


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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