I had been struggling with balance as a work at home Mom. The guilt of being on the computer or my phone when it’s supposed to be family time is just something that eats at me. But, at the same time I handle all of the office work for our family business and the writing and behind the scenes stuff for the blog as well. So there has to be some work time factored into my days.
What life typically looked like for me before my new schedule was waking up when the kids woke up, no exercise, going back and forth between work & family time all day long, never shutting off work mode because I was never getting anything done (which meant staying up until all hours of the night to try to complete tasks), feeling like I was always dropping the ball, always overwhelmed, and never feeling like I was a good enough Mom or Wife because I could never sit and just BE with my family.
A couple of months ago I watched a promo video from Chalene Johnson advertising her program Smart Success. One video in particular has stuck with me…and that was on scheduling your days. I wanted to tell you a bit about it as it has changed my world.
She began asking us to list out every thing that we would like to get done in a day in time blocks. Mine looked a little something like this:
1.5 hours – Exercise (and driving to and from the gym)
1 hour – Mornings with the kids – up, fed, dressed, and lunches made.
1 hour – Laundry & Cleaning House
30 minutes – Showered & getting myself dressed
3 hours – Distraction free work
1 hour – Social Media
3-4 hours – Time with my family
2 hours – Dinner prep, eating, and cleaning up
1 hour – Getting kids bathed and in bed
It made me realize that if I wanted to be able to squeeze in all of these things that I needed to start going to bed earlier, waking up earlier, and setting time blocks for both work and family time. After viewing the video my schedule looked like this:
6 – 7:30am: Bootcamp (and the driving to and from)
7:30-8:30am: Getting the kids breakfast, lunches made (if it’s a school day), and getting them dressed.
8:30am-9:30am: Do my load of laundry for the day, make beds, and clean up the house.
9:30-10:00am: Showered & dressed
10:00-10:30am: 30 minutes of social media
10:30am-1:30pm: Uninterrupted Work (these are days when my husband is home or my children are in school).
1:30pm-4:30pm: Playtime with the kids (usually means we are at the pool, on a family outing or playdate, or just being together at home).
4:30-5pm: 30 minutes of social media
5pm-7pm: Dinner prep, eating, and cleaning up
7pm-8pm: Kids bathed, books, and in bed
8pm-10pm: Time with my husband & usually our DVR
Granted, some days look different with appointments and I will likely have to readjust things when school starts. But, I like feeling as though all of my housework is done by the time I sit down at my desk and it keeps me from getting up to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer and getting distracted on the way back to my office. Turning my phone on silent and putting my nose down to work helps me usually get everything on my list (and more) done during that time span. And then shutting off my work mode by 1:30pm so that I can focus on my family has been a God send. Social media is just part of my business these days. Having blocks in my day helps me to not constantly have my phone in my face (which my husband appreciates) and also helps me to focus on the task at hand. And then finally having time for us at the end of the day without a computer or our phones has been so great for our marriage.
Having this schedule has made a world of difference in my days and my feeling like I can balance it all. I highly recommend you try it if you are feeling overwhelmed.