There’s no question that being a work from home mom is a juggling act. It can be hard to find the right balance between working and taking care of your family. But with a little bit of organization and planning, you can avoid burnout and stay sane while you juggle it all. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Get dressed every day
even if you don’t plan on leaving the house. You don’t have to get dressed up, changing from nighttime PJ pants to daytime leggings is totally OK.
Take small moments for yourself
throughout the day to move your body and get some fresh air. Even if it’s just a few seconds in a room with no kids or work, taking a moment to focus on your breath can do wonders for your mental health.
Talk to other moms who work from home
they’ll be a great support system. Don’t have a network of moms? I’m here for you. Send me an email any time.
Keep a planner
or calendar to track your time and make sure you’re staying on schedule. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy. I like to use Google Calendar on my laptop, Good Notes on my Ipad, and a plain old notebook for jotting down to-do lists and ideas.
Drink plenty of water
and eat healthy foods to keep your energy up. If you’re rolling your eyes, I’ve got a tip to save you time! I love the app MeaLime to plan meals quickly. You can calibrate it to your family’s dietary needs and preferences and it instantly spits out tasty recipes and a grocery list that you can sync to your favorite grocery pickup service. I’ve used the pro version of this app for years, but the free plan is great too!
Schedule free time
into your calendar. Does this feel silly yes? Is it important? Also yes. It’s so easy to fill every moment of your time with commitments and obligations. Blocking off a few hours a week for playtime with the kids walks with your neighborhood friends, family dinner, or a date with your partner is so important, and it will only happen if you prioritize it. Add it to your schedule now and start enjoying your rest. Your family and career life will improve when you’re well-rested and happy!
Burnout is a real thing, and it can happen to anyone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you can’t keep going at the pace you are, take a step back and reevaluate your situation. Maybe there are some things you can delegate or outsource so that you have more time for yourself. Or maybe it’s time to set some stricter boundaries for when work stops and play begins. Whatever route you decide to take, make sure that taking care of yourself is always a priority. You – and your family – will be glad you did. Have any tips on how other work-from-home moms can avoid burnout? Share them in the comments below!
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