Being a work-from-home mama with kids definitely isn't easy ... especially during summer break. Meeting deadlines + keeping the kids entertained can equal a crazy amount of stress; so, here are some productivity tips to help you get the most done while making sure your kids aren't destroying your house or watching TV for 12 hours a day.
Wake Up Early
Ugh, I know... sorry, mama. But sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do to get stuff done. For me, that means waking up hours before my 3-year-old so that I can have some focused work/me time. I mean, just google "quotes about getting up early" and you'll see that a bunch of insanely successful people swear that waking up before the world is the key to their success. Ok, but how can you wake up earlier?
Create A Schedule
I swear by Google Calendar. It lets me plan out my days to the minute and time-blocking has been a life-saver for our home with 3 kids (and 3 very different schedules).
Plus, as a teacher, I know that kids thrive on routine. Having systems and set structure in place within our day helps them (especially the 3 year old) know what to expect and what's coming next.
Get Out of the House
Getting out of the house always increases my productivity. Something about being in close proximity to a room with a bed makes me far more likely to take a nap. For me, this looks like a few different things.
Be Ok With "Imperfection"
Look, I'm never going to be that mom whose kid never watches TV. My daughter has known how to use YouTube for most of her life. So, sometimes, when I need to get something important done, I turn on an episode of PJ Masks on Netflix, set my timer, and focus on whatever the task is, while she enjoys some time with her favourite 6-year-old superheroes.
I don't need to be the screentime-free mom. I'm probably never going to feed them home-cooked 100% organic meals every single day. Sometimes... ok, more often than not, our living room is a huge mess by the end of the day.
But our kids are happy and healthy. They see a mom who works hard and who can also unplug and play once that timer goes off and that TV episode is over. I'll choose balance over perfection every single time.