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Thursday
Jun022011

Top 5 Productivity Tips for Work at Home Moms

 

During last week’s MommyBeta podcast we briefly talked about working from home and how we still manage to be a full-time mothers. It can be challenging making sure the work we need to get done, gets done while at the same time making sure our Mommy duties are not neglected in any way.  

Mashable published this post on 9 Ways To Increase Your Productivity While Working From Home and we’ve found them helpful. Here are a few of our own personal tips.

Carve out "work time" and "baby time." If your job is flexible and you're only part-time, working at naps and after bedtime is a safe bet.  That way, you know you'll have quiet time to get work done, and you won't feel guilty about ignoring the little one.  And, you don't have to feel like you should be working when you're at the park or reading stories.

Make lists! Don't live and die by those lists but try to write down things you don't want to forget. The act of writing things down helps you to remember. And prioritize what's on your list so you don't get overwhelmed. 

Plan out nap time.
 When the baby goes down, have a plan for what you're going to do with that time. If you don't, 45 minutes of precious nap time will be blown on Facebook. That's the worst! Knowing I have 5 things to get done, not prioritizing any of them, wasting away my time on Twitter or Facebook, and then hearing the baby wake up knowing you didn't get anything done.

Limit distractions. Don’t allow distractions during “work time” / “nap time” like the TV, personal email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s so easy to get sucked in!

Block out "Baby/Mommy social time." Schedule regular play dates and classes and block out sections of days that are typically unavailable for work so you know how much time you are working with during the week. I typically reserve one weekday to run errands. Aside from a weekly music class, I set aside two afternoons per week for playtime with other babies and for me, gossip time with mommies.