Work from Home Mom: The Struggle is Real

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Are you a mom who works from home?

 If so, then you know how hard it can be to balance work and life. You might find yourself feeling like you’re not doing enough for your kids or that your job or business is suffering because of all the time you spend taking care of them.

Being a work from home mom is great however it can be very challenging! It’s easier said than done when you trying to balance work and home life. I’ve been working from home for many years however things have changed drastically since having my 4-year old and now a 6-month old as well (our lil surprise COVID baby).

Since my son is a high-demand baby so we’ve decided no childcare for him until he’s a little older. My daughter goes to preschool so that really helps. I’m not sure about you but I get so exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed when I can’t find a balance between work and being a mom . . . and a wife. 

These 10 strategies will help any mom feel more confident in their ability to juggle both worlds. They’ll also make being a working mother easier on everyone involved – including the family pet! So read these tips now and get back to living your best life as soon as possible!

Being a mom means we wear many hats!

As a mom, we usually have to wear several different hats and it seems there is ALWAYS something to be done. I’m good with that however it becomes a bit much when that’s the case for an extended period of time.

I find that everything builds up! Every so often you hear me saying, “I NEED a break!”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom . . . It’s just really hard at times! I also really enjoy working from home and having a flexible schedule!

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10 Useful Tips that Will Help ANY Mom Balance Working from Home & Home Life

1. Adjust your mindset

Remove as much stress and negativity. We get to choose what we allow in our lives and what we want to get rid of. I would recommend you consider positive affirmations to help get you in the right mindset. 

2. Self-care is a MUST

What makes you happy? Is there a hobby you haven’t made time for? Travel? Reading? Having a glass of wine in silence? It’s important because how will you be able to take care of your home if you are not mentally or physically well. Take a day or two off. Find childcare and just do you! If you don’t have the option of someone watching your kids, you can find times throughout the day that they are occupied (ex. nap time, playing, etc). If you need a lil ‘me time’ be sure to grab your FREE printable checklist with 65 Self Care Ideas for the Everyday Fatigue Mom. 

3. Time management & prioritizing

This is something I plan on implementing more of in my day-to-day. We all get the same about of hours in the day – the only difference is what each of us chooses to do with that time. I’ve always been a rebellion when it comes to writing everything down and sticking to any kind of schedule. 

I honestly don’t like to feel like I’m being restricted or kept from doing something I may want to do. As a mom and as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned things become much more effective when they are written down. Consider implementing a chore chart, to-do lists for each adult within the household, using a grocery delivery service, etc.

4. Get organized

This plays on #3 however it is in a category on it’s own. Every household is different so the way that you organize your work and home life will vary according to what works for you and your family. I’ve been using the ultimate life planner for the everyday fatigue mom and it has helped me tremendously.

5. Give yourself grace

Being a mom ain’t easy! Learn to give yourself grace and know that you can only do so much! Research shows that moms who actively focus on their daily accomplishments are happier than moms who don’t, and they also report better mental health, better physical conditions, and higher levels of happiness than other working mothers do.

Remembering all the things we don’t screw up is far more important than the things we do.

You were somebody before you were a mom. . . That somebody matters too!

6. Join a mom community

It can be tough when you work from home mom. We tend not to get as much face-to-face interaction with other adults outside of our home. Regardless if your mom tribe is local and/or online, it’s a MUST!

7. Make little changes for the better

Know that you can only do so much! . . . Do what you can little by little. I know it sounds too simplistic, but like the old saying goes, “if you can’t fix it, don’t break it.” This applies to all aspects of life.  Small steps over time is much better than a big momentary change in your life that may lead to drastic consequences.

If you make little changes over time for the better then you’ll gradually be happy with what’s happening inside of yourself physically and mentally. It’ll never happen as quickly as we want and we will always have ups and downs so just keep moving forward!

8. Don’t compare yourself or your child to other moms and children

It is easy to look at someone’s situation and compare your situation to theirs. I know it’ easier said than done but seriously . . . Don’t do it!

Try to stop thinking about it as a competition – stop ranking yourself against others. Instead of measuring your worth against everyone else’s, measure yourself with how happy you are or by feeling good every day. Also, focus on what is within your control and not out of your control. Find the balance by taking care of your own self first and then going to take care of those around you.

9. Meal planning

Meal planning and batch cooking are the two best ways to set up an easy, time-saving work from home mom’s week. I personally have never really planned meals but it’s something else that I’m working on improving.  Usually, I decide what I will eat based on what mood I’m in on any day and time. Well, after doing some research and seeing how meal planning saves so much time and energy for so many other moms that I’m convinced I am going to do it as well.

10. Just let go and embrace motherhood

Motherhood is tough! Sometimes you may just need to let go of the need for everything to be perfect and just let go!

It’s hard, but the best way is to try your hardest to relax and enjoy yourself more. Keep in mind that for some people, this can be pretty hard. It might be a little bit easier if you know that society will not judge you or think less of you for being a working mother (even though it still might). And when life gets too rough, forgiveness is the way forward. 

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What do you currently do to try to balance your work and home life? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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5 thoughts on “Work from Home Mom: The Struggle is Real”

  1. Yes! I agree with all of these tips in succeeding at being a work at home mom. My biggest struggle was finding balance and scheduling really helped me with that.

  2. I know the struggle all too well with 3 kids and a puppy! Goodness, sometimes I feel like I cannot get ahead!
    I recently came across this collection of resources aimed at helping moms be more productive and I’m loving it!

    1. Right!! It’s enough to make us mom want to pull our hair out sometimes. Ha! We don’t have pets now but we’re thinking about getting one for our 3yr old (because she LOVES animals). I know having a pet is adding on to the list of things to do everyday!

  3. I work from home and have a 4 y.o. and a 5 month-old baby. Thankfully, I have my husband do all the housework and be with my eldest when I work. I don’t know how I would have done it without his support! Also, planning my time and using productivity apps like Be Focused really helps. I can work super-efficiently when I’m distraction-free and an app really helps.

    1. Yes, I don’t know what I would do without my hubby too!! Yes, it is soooo hard at times finding a balance but it is getting easier since I’ve been using my mom planner consistently. I do realize I seem to be more productive when I have a plan.

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