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30 Working from Home Tips for a Mom: How to make it Work16 min read

Are you contemplating working from home, but you’re trying to figure out how you can work from home with kids running around?

If you’re guilty of thinking, “Will I be able to get any work done with kids at home?” I understand your struggle, and I’m here to help you out. 

It’s obvious that working from home with young children can be a challenge. But with a little preparation and the right mindset, it’s entirely possible to stay productive while working from home and minimize distractions.

So, in this post, I’ll share 30 working From Home Tips for a Mum, and the insights and strategies to make it Work. We’ll cover everything from how to make a schedule that works for everyone, how to stay organized, and how to manage distractions. 

We know that working from home can be a great solution for mothers who want to stay at home with their children, and we hope these tips help you get started!

Here are 30 great working from home tips for a mom to make life easier.

30 Working from Home Tips for a Mom: How to make it Work

Tip 1. Set a Schedule and Stick to It

One of the most important things you can do when working from home is to set a schedule and stick to it. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting distracted by household tasks or your children. 

Your schedule will not be perfect, but it’s important to be organized and structure your day as much as possible

However, it’s wise to remember that as a work from home mom, there will be days when your schedule doesn’t go as planned, and that’s okay. Just try and get on track when you can or try again the next day.

Tip 2. Have a fluid morning routine

Trust me. If you don’t have a morning routine, you need one. It doesn’t have to be super strict, but having some order to your morning will help you feel more prepared for the day. My morning routine includes making my bed, going to the gym, taking a shower, eating breakfast, and then sitting down at my desk to start work.

Tip 3. Turn off your phone notifications

This is a big one. If you’re trying to stay focused on your work, you need to minimize distractions. One of the biggest distractions nowadays is our phones. So, when you’re working, make sure to turn off all of your phone notifications. This way, you won’t be distracted every time you hear a ding.

Tip 4. Get Dressed for the Day

Even though you’re working from home, it’s important to get dressed for the day. This doesn’t mean you have to suit up or anything, but getting out of your pajamas will help you feel more productive. I like to dress comfortably but still put together. This usually means jeans, a nice top, or leggings and a T-shirt.

Tip 5. Set boundaries with family and friends

It’s important to set boundaries with your family and friends when working from home. This also includes your babysitter, nanny or whoever is present at the moment watching the kids. 

Let them know that even though you’re at home, you’re still working, and they should respect your work time. I know this can be a tough one, but it’s necessary if you want to be successful in working from home.

Tip 6. Stay away from YouTube, Netflix

I can’t be the only one who ends up watching gym fail videos on YouTube instead of working. And I bet you want to get a sneak peek of that new series on Netflix, but resist the temptation! As a mum, especially working from home, you can’t afford to get distracted because childcare or hiring a nanny isn’t cheap.

Tip 7. Talk to your kids

Depending on how old your kids are, it’s wise to let them know that you’ll be working, and it’s important they don’t disturb you. In case they need anything (which is all the time), they’ll have to ask the nanny, babysitter or whoever is around at the moment.

However, just because you talk to your kids about not barging into the office every 5 mins doesn’t mean they’ll stay away altogether. So, you have to remind them a couple of times, and eventually, they’ll get the hang of it.

Tip 8. Get good quality headphones

Working from home as a mom can be tough, especially when kids are screaming, running around, and making noise in the background. A great way to combat this is by using headphones. This will help you block out the noise and stay focused on your work.

Tip 9. Have everything you might need within reach

To succeed as a work from home mom, you need to maximize the amount of time you spend working and minimize the amount of time you use doing non-related tasks. 

That means waking up every 20 minutes to get a bottle of water, make tea, grab a charger, or anything else that gets you up to your chair. Unfortunately, since you’re working from home, you don’t have the luxury of working for hours without unexpected distractions like a normal 9-5 gig, so it’s up to you to minimize your distractions.

So, have your water bottle with you all the time, have snacks nearby, and anything else you deem important.

 Tip 10. Have a schedule

Just like a 9-5 job, you also need a schedule that entails how long you’ll be working and what time is your break. This will help you avoid working long hours into the night (when you know you should be resting). In addition, having a schedule will help you be more productive during work hours.

Tip 11. Take a break

Assuming you were working in a traditional office environment, would you skip your break?

I bet not. 

So, why are you trying to skip your break while working from home?

Your job is the same as any other job, and you mustn’t overburden yourself with tasks. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, stepping away from your work will help you to rejuvenate and come back feeling refreshed. 

Tip 12. Get the kids occupied 

One of the biggest questions you’ll face as a working mum is, “How to keep the kids busy while working from home?” 

The answer is simple. Get them involved in some activity or create a schedule for them. For example, you can set up a play date, put on a movie or have them do some arts and crafts. You can have the babysitter engage the kids in a variety of outdoor activities.

The important thing is that you find something that will occupy their time so you can focus on work.

Tip 13. Have realistic expectations

Unless your kids are old enough, you probably won’t get 4 uninterrupted hours to focus on work. If you have small kids, the best you’ll get some days is 30 mins, maybe an hour, before they need your attention again. And that’s okay!

The important thing is to have realistic expectations and not put too much pressure on yourself. You’re doing the best you can under the circumstances, so cut yourself some slack.

Have realistic expectations

Tip 14. Wake up early

We all know how warm the duvet is at 5:00 AM, and you’ll probably want to sleep a bit more till the kids wake up. 

But if you’re interested in hacking this working from home mom thing, it’s time you consider waking up early before the kids. You can use the extra 1 hour in the morning to get started on a project or make breakfast and plan your kid’s activities for the day.

I promise you that waking up early will make a difference in how your day goes.

Tip 15. Work in short bursts

Focusing on work for long hours can be tough, especially when you have kids at home. A great way to combat this is by working in short bursts. 

For example, you can work for 30 minutes and then take a break for 10 minutes. This will help you stay focused and give you some time to spend with the kids.

Tip 16. Start your projects early

When you’re working from home as a mom, waiting till the last minute to start your project is self-sabotage. 

This is because you don’t have the luxury of working for hours on end without distractions or unexpected emergencies coming up, like the babysitter cancelling last minute. 

So, it’s always best to start your projects early to avoid the stress of trying to complete them at the last minute.

Tip 17. Maximize naptime

If you have smaller kids or a toddler who still naps, use that time to get some work done. I know it’s tempting to use that free time to get some chores done, but some days you’ll have to skip the tasks and use naptime as your work time.

Tip 18. Have a weekly meal plan

Being a working mum is already hard enough, not to mention working from home with family and kids around. To make your life easier, have a meal plan for the entire week

Having a weekly meal plan will help you save time and money and give you some peace of mind knowing that you have all your meals sorted for the week.

MEAL PLANNING FOR BUSY FAMILIES

Tip 19: Stop multitasking

As a work from a home mom, you have a lot on your plate. In an attempt to try and juggle the demands of your job and the needs of your family, it’s expected that you’ll try multitasking. 

Unfortunately, multitasking is not an effective way to work. When you try to do too many things simultaneously, your attention and focus are divided. This can lead to mistakes, missed deadlines, and subpar work. What’s more, multitasking is exhausting. You end up feeling scattered, frazzled and stressed out. 

Tip 20. Pick projects you can handle

Before you were a mom, you’d comfortably pick multiple projects at a time and ace them all. But now that you’re at home and working from home, you must choose work assignments you’re 100% certain that you can complete.

If you take on too much, you’ll never get anything done. And you’ll end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Working from home doesn’t have to be a struggle. By being strategic about the projects you take on, you can find a good balance between work and family. And that will make both your employer and your family happy.

Tip 21. Don’t treat your job as a hobby

As a working from home mom, I understand that it’s not always easy to find the time or energy to devote to your job when you’re also responsible for taking care of your family.

However, it’s important to remember that your job is just as important as any other job, even working from home. Just because you can set your own hours, take breaks when you need them, and avoid the stresses of a traditional office environment doesn’t mean you should treat your job as a hobby.

If anything, you should have the same discipline and dedication as if you were working a 9-5.

Tip 22. Be flexible

Some days you’ll get plenty of work done and still have enough energy in the tank to cook, do laundry, and run around after the kids. On the other hand, you’ll have days to do a few simple tasks and feel exhausted.

Instead of beating yourself up, be in tune with your body’s needs and adjust accordingly. Don’t stress yourself. As long as you’re trying your best, you’re doing a heck of a job.

Tip 23. Stop comparing yourself to other people

One of the most difficult things about working from home is avoiding comparisons with other moms who work in a traditional office setting. 

It can be easy to feel like you’re not doing enough or that you’re not as successful as other moms when you see them heading out the door in the morning wearing professional clothes and with their hair and makeup perfectly in place. 

However, it’s important to remember that every mom is different and that there is no one right way to do things. Just because someone else seems to have it all together doesn’t mean that they do. 

Tip 24. Designate a work area

When you work from home, it’s important to have a dedicated space where you can focus on your work. If you have extra space, you can have a home office. But if you don’t have a spare room, try setting up a desk in a quiet corner of the house.

Tip 25. Delegate/ hire help

How do mums cope with working from home? For many of us, it’s a juggling act. We’re trying to be everything to everyone – wife, mother, a good employee – and it can be tough.

Throw in a few household chores, and it’s no wonder we feel like we’re constantly running around in circles. One way to ease the pressure is to hire someone to help with the chores. 

Although it may seem like an extravagance, it can be quite affordable. And it can make a world of difference. Having someone to help with the cleaning, cooking, and grocery shopping can free up valuable time that you can use to finish up a project, relax, or spend time with your family.

In addition, it can help to reduce stress levels and improve your overall well-being.

Tip 26. Use Screen time wisely

Any mom who works from home knows that staying focused and productive can be challenging with little ones running around. It’s important to use screen time wisely to keep kids occupied while working. Here are a few tips:

  1. Set aside some dedicated screen time each day for your kids. This will help them know when they can expect to have your undivided attention and also give you some much-needed uninterrupted time to work.
  2. Make sure the content on their screens is high-quality and age-appropriate. Look for educational shows and games that will hold their attention and help them learn something new.
  3. Balance screen time with other activities, like reading, outside play, etc.

Tip 27. Share the chores with your partner

One way to make working from home as a mom more manageable is to share the load with your partner. When both parents are responsible for childcare and housework, it can help to ease the burden on each parent and give everyone more time to focus on their work. 

So if you’re struggling to balance work and family life, consider enlisting your partner’s help in doing the dishes, cooking, folding the laundry, etc.

Tip 28. Teach your child a bit of independence

One of the struggles you’ll face as a work from home mum is the constant need for attention from your kids. The best way to combat this is to teach your kids how to be independent so that you can get work done without interruption. 

This means teaching them how to entertain themselves, make their meals and snacks, and tidy up after themselves. It can be a lot of work upfront, but it really pays off in the long run! Not only will it make your life a lot easier, but it will also help your kids to develop essential life skills.

Tip 29. Have a day off

One of the best ways to balance work/family as a work from home mom is to have an entire day off whereby you don’t do anything work related. You can use that opportunity to hang out with your family or meet up with friends for lunch.

Taking some time for yourself will help you recharge and return to work refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

Tip 30. Enjoy the season you’re in right now

Working from home as a mom has its perks and challenges. The best way to cope and succeed in a work-from-home environment is to be satisfied with your current setup. 

Being stuck in your bedroom for hours working might not be the perfect setup of a work environment, with kids in the background causing a ruckus, but at least you can get some work done.

So, even as you work towards getting a home office or even going back to the corporate world, it’s crucial that you love your current home office. Only then can you be motivated to work through the chaos, ace your goals, and enjoy the ebbs and flows of motherhood.

30 Working From Home Tips Every Mum Needs to Know 

There you have it- 30 working from home tips for a Mum. I’ve used all the above tips, and they’ve been a lifesaver in helping me manage working from home with a toddler. 

Whether you’re just starting on your work-from-home journey or you’ve been at it for a while, we hope these tips will help make your experience a little easier. 

I would love to hear from you – what has worked well for you when working from home with kids? 

Share this post with your friends and family who are also working from home (or thinking about doing so) and see if they have any other great tips to add.

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