Man, the work-from-home life is a grind, isn’t it?! I get it. I’m a mom of 4 and I do my joy coaching work while my kids are at school. Back in 2020, I asked you: ‘What works? How do you do this life?!’ This episode of She Just Glows: The Podcast is a crowd-sourced list of your tried-and-true strategies for getting work done with kids underfoot.

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I recently shared in InstaStories that sometimes, I don’t write for months because I just can’t find a good window of time to do it without an avalanche of mom guilt. I asked for your tips, and you shared some great ones so I figured I’d compile your strategies and make a whole post of it!

1. Get up early to get stuff done before the kids wake up.

This one makes sense, and seems the most simple to implement. I swear, the only time of day I have a clear head is before the sun comes up and my kids need help getting oatmeal and finding that one red sock.

“I get [work done] early and during nap time,” one reader shared. “It’s good for your children to see you balance work and life.”

2. Use time blocking.

“During the hours I work, my kids are taken care of, and I don’t get interrupted,” one reader shared.

“I make a list the day before so I don’t waste time figuring out where to focus. Then when I am in mom mode, that is it. No working. I have worked from home for 12 years and this is the only thing that has worked for me because it gives me permission to focus on my work.”

I absolutely love this idea. I think my biggest struggle in working from home is kids are always still around so I constantly get interrupted, and I end up feeling like I’m failing them and also not getting work done.

3. Value quality over quantity.

One reader pointed out that she works full-time outside the home, yet is more present with her kids than when she stayed home.

‘The hours together aren’t always quality time. Even if it’s less time together but my focus on my kids is more consistent, that is a win.”

What a great point!

4. Invest in setting up an activity for your kids during your work time.

Here’s a sure-fire way to combat mom guilt. Make sure the kids having fun too!

“I will often set up an activity for my kids, join them for 10 to 15 minutes and then sit and work,” someone commented.

I love the idea of getting face time with my kids, setting up a coloring activity or game, and then letting them go at it independently. Of course, all my daughter wants to do is watch Anna and Elsa, but I digress. Does 6 hours of Frozen on repeat count as an educational activity? LOL.

I’m definitely of the opinion that I’m not here to entertain my children all day. Instead, I want them to be equipped to play independently and not need constant instruction. Win win!

5. Adhere to a schedule, and work in small bursts throughout the day.

This one was interesting. One reader, who homeschools, adheres to a routine that allows for little gaps of work in between, throughout the day.

She starts with chores and breakfast in the morning, then the kids do school work while she works for an hour. After that, she finishes up school work with them, and they all do some more chores. Later in the day, usually when the kids are in bed, she snags another 2 to 3 hours to get things done.

“I think the most important thing, is that during the time we set aside to be with the kids, we are truly with them and fully present,” she explained. “Phones up, etc.!”

6. Read A Mother’s Rule of Life.

One reader recommended this book, and I haven’t read it but it looks really enlightening.

If you’ve read it, share what you thought on Instagram or over on the Facebook page!

7. Just accept no sleep and get everything done after the kids are in bed.

This one sounds exhausting but also there’s no mom guilt since the kids are asleep while you work. But again, I am tired just thinking about it.

“Ugh. I run a marketing operation and do all my work from 8:30pm to 1am,” one reader shared.

Another mom said she exercises before the kids wake up, so that she gets 2 hours of uninterrupted work time after they’re in bed.

8. Get everything done while they’re in school, and institute a hard stop once you pick them up.

“Littles go to preschool 8am to 4pm, which is worth it to me, money-wise. I pick everyone up at 4pm… I love working from home, but 3:30pm is my hard stop. I’m ‘mom’ once everyone gets picked up.”

I love this because of the hard stop, and not having to juggle everything throughout the day. Great tip!

9. Remember that it’s okay if you can’t do it all.

I have to finish with this amazing tip from a reader.

Give yourself grace!

“Sometimes, we let outside pressures make us feel that mom guilt and feel like we should be giving every waking second to our children. I think God made each of us with unique gifts, callings and PURPOSE.  He wants us to walk in that purpose, and our kids will be better for it. We will be happier and healthier mamas!”

Enough said!

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Are you in this phase of life too? Head over to Instagram or Facebook and join the conversation. You are definitely not alone. And if you need extra support, reach out to me for private joy coaching. I’d love to walk this journey with you and help you restrategize your work and life flow.