Working from home is the absolute biggest blessing! I thank God every day that I am able to raise my babies AND do what I love, it just takes scheduling, grace, and a lot of coffee to make them both happen efficiently. Owning your own business is no piece of cake. It’s tough stuff and I’m constantly learning how to be better at every aspect. The one part I feel like I’ve finally (after 4+ years of struggling) mastered is working from home with little kids as an Orange County Newborn Photographer. Here are a few of my best tips for other work-from-home mamas…
Scheduling! Every second of your day needs to be scheduled. I know that doesn’t sound like that much fun but literally every second needs a plan or the whole day whizzes by and before you know it, it’s 5pm, everyone is hungry and you’ve accomplished nothing. I’ll write another post about our schedule with three young kids later but for now you can start by creating a Google Calendar for everything part of your life. Business, Family, Personal, Blogging, Social Media, etc. Share these calendars with your hubby and you’ll both be on the same page.
Independent Play - You can read up on all the benefits of Independent Play here. My kids have been practicing IP time since they were little. It’s important to me for a multitude of reasons besides having time to myself. Most importantly, I want them to be able to entertain themselves. Life is not always fun or entertaining so learning to play alone is instrumental in many aspects. Waiting in lines, car trips, meetings, the list goes on. We don’t watch a lot of TV or play iPads so imagination is HUGE in our house and independent play is the gateway to using your imagination.
Using your time wisely. This is true for all parts of business ownership and motherhood. You are going to be pulled in twenty different directions so you’ll need to focus. When it’s time for work, put your phone away and WORK. When it’s time to fill your kiddos love tank, put your work away and love on them. Pay attention to them. Don’t look at emails or Instagram. Using your time to it’s fullest potential is so important to making all the gears turn in succession. Think about it, your kids are needy when they don’t feel like they’ve had your full attention. Fill their love tank and then they will be able to play quietly without you so then you can focus on work. This really goes back to scheduling so scheduling your day out is the first step. In our house, we do Circle Time right after breakfast and then he has IP time while Poppy naps. Boom! Filled his tank first, then I have about an hour to work.
Outsource! For a long time, I tried to do it all. I cooked, I cleaned, I worked, I played, I worked out, I did crafts, I did laundry. Notice the key word - TRIED. Meaning I did all of those things but I didn’t do anything well and I felt constantly behind. I burnt out. Things fell behind and I started loosing focus. By outsourcing a couple things, I am able to focus more clearly on the important things. So now I hire a sitter (Bambino is SO easy for finding a sitter BTW) on Fridays for a couple hours to watch Hudson and Poppy while I get some work done. This means I don’t have to work at night so I can spend that time focusing on my husband. I work most nights after my kids are asleep so this makes Fridays special for us. I also hire a house cleaner twice a month. Those two small things make me feel like I’m doing it all.
The most important part of working from home with little kids is giving yourself grace. Somedays you’ll focus more on work and the kids will feel left out. Other days, you won’t even check your email or think about work. Give yourself the grace to start fresh again the next day and try to have patience. It takes a long time to get the hang of it.
How do you get work done with kids around?
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Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.
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