If you are a stay-at-home mom, the option to do something from the comfort of your house that generates an income can seem like a dream come true. You have the opportunity to be around for your kids, while working and making money.
It’s wonderful that technology has made it so the opportunity exists for moms (and dads) to work at home. But if you take on this type of commitment, you need to be extremely self-disciplined. You don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder, and there will be a million distractions around at all times – laundry, snacks, TV, a crying child…
Finding the time to work at home, while balancing out commitments to your family can feel overwhelming. However, having a daily routine in place for your working hours will make all the difference in assuring you get the job done.
The Work at Home Routine of 12 Moms
I am sharing with you the real life daily schedule of 12 moms who work at home. These women are all in different seasons of life. Some have kids at home all day, while others have kids in school. A few moms have babies and toddlers, while others have older children. Learn how they take care of their family and house, while being a work-at-home mom.
Suchot of The Curious Frugal is mom to a 3 and a half year old who is at home with her:
Suchot says, “Our routine has changed since she (daughter) was born. A big thing is being flexible with your family and your kids. If you aren’t morning people and it works for your family, it’s okay! There isn’t one right way to do it. Our routine now looks like this”:
- 7:00 am – Wake up and work until my husband leaves for work. During that time I check email, respond to blog comments and collaboration requests, and pin. I also interact with my Facebook page and group. I don’t write during this time because I could be interrupted and my brain needs to focus more for writing.
- 8:30 am – My daughter and I have breakfast, play, and go out for the morning. We do things like play groups, indoor play centers, go for walks, swimming, errands. We will be out for several hours. During that time, if I have a couple minutes, I check Social Media on my phone and respond. But mainly I’m in mom mode.
- 3:00 pm – We head back home and then I have another working block. Unfortunately she dropped her afternoon nap the week she turned 3, so we do independent time. I don’t make her be in her room, but she needs to (try!!) to play by herself. I interact with her less and am on the computer. I often make images during this time. Then I play/read with her, tidy up, and make dinner.
- 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm – My daughter is asleep and this is when I write. I can’t work much later than this because I tend to have insomnia if I work too close to bedtime! I need to unwind after I finish my work tasks.
Karissa of FitMommyStrong is mom to a 17 month old:
Karissa works Sunday through Thursday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.
- 7:00 am – Son wakes up.
- 9:00 am – Breakfast while taking phone calls in between as they’d come in. I keep my son occupied with toys in his room.
- 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Nap time for my son. Check emails/book appointments and process paperwork.
- 11:30 am – Son wakes up.
- 12:30 pm – Lunch and take phone calls in between as they’d come in. Keep my son occupied with toys in his room.
- 2:30 pm – Son takes second nap. Check emails/book appointments, check invoice ledger, and process paperwork.
- 3:30 pm – Son wakes up and has snack. Finish up final tasks while he’s eating his snack/playing with toys.
- 4:00 pm – Clock out for the day.
Amy of Amy Ballantyne is mom to a 10, 9, and 5 year old:
Amy says, “I started my business when my first child was 6 months old. My youngest just started kindergarten last September, so I have had kids around me while working for most of the time.”
- 7:30 am – All about the kids.
- 9:15 am – Business meetings, client calls, team coaching meetings, social media posting, writing. Meditation. Movement.
- 3:00 pm – All about the kids. Make dinner, drive to activities, pick up from activities. Help with homework, read stories. Bath time. I do check email in this time and texts. Rarely, I will have a meeting scheduled in this time.
- 8:15 pm – Client calls. Team training, social media, writing.
- 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm – Bedtime routine.
Erica of Adventures of Abby Girl is a homeschooling mom to a 4 year old:
- 8:00 am- 9:00 am- Get up and have morning snuggle time. Quick homeschool lesson. Then we go on adventures I can write about.
- 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Once a week while she’s in homeschool co-op and I don’t have to volunteer, I work.
- 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – I work when Dad gets home and he keeps dinner. Once a week while my child is in dance at this time, I work from the dance studio waiting room.
- 9:00 pm-11:00 pm – I work again while the house sleeps if I need to.
Kerry of The Modern Simplest is a mom to three kids ages 19, 14, and 9 plus she babysits an 18 month old during the day:
- 6:00 am – Wake up with middle schooler and get her off to school.
- 7:00 am -7:30 am – Get ready for the day (dressed, etc).
- 7:30 am – 8:00 am – Coffee and check emails and social media.
- 8:00 am – 18 month old dropped off, feed her breakfast.
- 8:30 am – Get up elementary schooler and get him ready.
- 9:00 am – Drop off elementary schooler.
- 9:00 am – Run errands; clean house; daily chores; etc. This time frame depends on the day of the week and what needs to be done (could be work on blog, etc).
- 11:00 am – Feed 18 month old.
- 12:00 pm – Put 18 month old down for nap.
- 12:30 pm – Eat lunch (I practice intermittent dieting so this is my first meal).
- 1:00 pm – Work on blog, answer emails, etc.
- 2:00 pm – Pick up middle schooler from school.
- 3:30 pm – Baby gets picked up.
- 3:45 pm – Pick up elementary schooler.
- Evening schedules depend on day of the week. We have practices, games, meetings, etc. I work on my blog squeezed in my daily schedule and in the evenings after the kids go to bed. I am also a youth director at our church so I squeeze in that work when I can.
Bridget of The Freelancing Mama is a homeschooling mom to a 10, 9, 5, and 1 year old:
- 5:30 am – 7:00 am – Wake up before the kids every morning. This gives me a good hour or so in the morning to do some of my work first thing.
- 8:30 am to 12:00 pm -Homeschool the kids and then my little guy goes down for his nap after lunch.
- 1:00 pm – Work while my kids play outside or occupy themselves with some other activity.
- 3:00 pm – Family activities until around bedtime.
- I try to squeeze another hour of work in after they’re in bed. This is usually pretty easy for me because my husband works the night shift.
- 10:00 pm – Head to bed because at this point my brain is fried and I need sleep!
Um Mishael of All Moms Blog is mom to a 6 and 4 year old:
- 5:30 am – Wake up.
- 7:30 am – Send kids to school.
- 8:00 am- Check emails and reply to comments.
- 8:30 am – Find post ideas.
- 10:00 am – Select 1 post and start creating pins.
- 11:00 am – Promote previous posts on social media.
- 12:00 pm – Try to finish the draft for the post selected for future posting.
Akshaya of Cabinet of Thoughts is mom of 2:
- 5:30 am – Wake up
- 7:00 am – Start working
- 3:00 pm – Stop working
Erica of Ericaball.com is mom of a 4 year old:
- 7:30 – am – Wake up. I am not a morning person, but luckily my husband is and will get up with my daughter and get her ready for school.
- 9:00 am – Drop daughter off at school.
- 9:30 am – This varies depending on the day. I either work with a styling client OR go to a coffee shop with my computer and start working on my weekly blog post, client emails, Instagram stories content, updating my website, being active on Facebook or Pinterest or editing my videos OR shoot Instagram photos for the month OR shoot my YouTube videos.
- 3:00 pm – Pick up my daughter from school. I try to be in full mom mode.
- 7:30 pm – I try to be in wife mode.
- 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm – Round 2 of work (more of the above).
Elizabeth of Tired Mom Supermom is mom of a 4 and 6 year old with the 4 year old at home:
- 6:00 am – My kids like to wake up nice and early everyday which is very good for my blog! After I fix up breakfast and direct my older child on his morning routine, I can grab a cup of coffee and tackle a small task on the computer.
- 7:00 am – I do small tasks like pinning from notifications and checking emails. I try not to do anything serious during the morning routine because I get distracted constantly.
- 8:20 am – My older child is off to school. I take a full hour to tackle something bigger on my to do list.
- 9:20 am – I clean the house, give a snack to my 4 year old and then we play together.
- 12:00 pm – Lunch time,
- 12:30 pm – I’ll work on the blog, usually tackling tasks that take less brain power and more busy work as I’m usually ready for an afternoon nap by then.
- 1:30 pm – Play with my 4 year old outside if possible.
- 3:00 pm – Take a walk to pick-up my older child from school.
- 3:30 pm – After school is super busy with dinner prep, cooking, bath time, homework and bedtime.
- 8:30 pm – Work on the blog doing my pinning routine, working on a product or SEO for my existing posts. I spend about 1-2 hours doing this when the kids are sound asleep. Overall I have 3-4 hours a day to work on my blog.
Mercedes of Snow Happy is mom to a 6 and 9 year old:
- 6:00 am – Wake up, check email and calendar for the day.
- 6:30 am – Kids wake up. Get everyone fed and off to school.
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Workout.
- 10:30 am – Dedicated writing time for blog articles.
- 12:00 pm – Lunch and start dinner, whatever house chores need to be done.
- 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Social media post for the day, review content calendar, track weekly goals. Other days may include a networking meeting or more profit generating activities.
Rebecca of Boss Single Mama is is a homeschooling mom to a 10 and 12 year old:
- 7:00 am – Wake up and walk our two dogs.
- 7:30 am – I shower and get ready.
- 8:00 am – Eat breakfast. Then my workday begins. I check and respond to emails first, send out press queries for stories if needed (I’m a freelance writer).
- 12:00 pm – Quick lunch and work on client projects.
- 1:00 pm – We homeschool.
- 4:00 pm – I’ll do another hour of work if needed.
- 5:00 pm – Dinner and spending time with kids.
- 9:00 pm – 12:00 am – Work on my blog.
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What Work-at-Home Routine Works For You?
Now you’ve taken a glimpse into the work-at-home routine of 12 moms in different seasons of life, and with different responsibilities. Are you inspired to change your work-at-home routine at all? What is one thing you could do differently to maximize your work time? Let me know in the comments below!