I won't lie and say working from home as a mom is easy, or even slightly challenging. It can be downright grueling at times. That's why you have to plan your week working from home! Without planning you're bound to let some things slip or even forget completely about others.
When you don't have a plan it can get a bit horrific. I'm talking the hair-pulling, teeth-grinding, screaming kind of horrific. On the flip side, though, it can be a completely rewarding, fun and even an amazing journey.
There is so much room for personal growth on every level when you're working from home as a mom. You have to learn to cope with a crazy fast paced environment and possibly late nights to get work done. Unless you plan your week working from home… then you won't have late nights unless it's by choice!
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How to Plan Your Week Working From Home as a Mom
I'm going to be honest… I used to hate planning. Oh, sure, I'd buy planners galore and pretend that I was going to be this super planner mom. I'd pretend that everything would be planned and it would be hunky dory.
Then reality would set in and I'd be eye balls deep in the planner thinking “wtf did I get this for,” knowing good and well it would just sit on the shelf collecting dust. And who wants extra to dust, am I right?
Things changed though as I started my business. I realized that those partially used planners I owned would come in handy. I'd slowly start using them and referring to them on a daily basis. It was where my notes went, where ideas went, important dates, etc.
My planner slowly started getting more use.
Then, I discovered how much more efficient I was using an online calendar as a planner. I transitioned nearly everything over to Google Calendar because, hello, it had notifications (insert my surprised face). But, there was still planners that ended up on my desk even though I had Google Calendar at my disposal.
The act of writing them down is what made things work for me. There was something about it and I'd heard others say that writing it down creates pathways in your brain (which I never researched) but wasn't sure if it was true. I can see how it would be true though (still haven't researched it).
#1 Write It All Out
Writing it all out is the first step to successfully plan your week working from home. There are so many things that could get in your way, but when you write it all out you won't forget things. Easiest way to do this is by grabbing a blank piece of printer paper and just brain dumping it all onto the sheet.
Then you can make it neat and tidy on either lined paper or just stick straight in your calendar.
I keep a running tab of things I need to do and cross them off as I add them to my task list and calendar schedule. This helps me know what's been added to my schedule and what hasn't been added to my schedule.
#2 Group Thing By Tasks
You may or may not like doing this, but give it a fair shot first. This will help you batch items rather than trying to do everything at once and then getting nothing done.
For instance, you can write out your blog post titles for the month and brainstorm the content in one sitting. Then, in the next you can source all the images for each blog. After that you'll create your “Pinterest worthy” images (don't worry I'll show you how in an upcoming post). Schedule your social media in another batch. And so on and so forth.
When you do things in batches it will save you time and stress.
Or, you could just be one of those ones that likes to write their posts, create images, and schedule all in one sitting. Depending how much time you have to allocate to this, you could literally knock out a months worth of work in one sitting. Aside from interacting on social media of course.
#3 Make Your Schedule
Scheduling things out is pretty much what makes this awesome. When you plan your week working from home and schedule it all in a calendar, shit gets real. And I mean it gets real good.
I've been a little lax on this lately and it really hit home last week as I was going over things I needed to do in order to get this blog back where I wanted it to be. So much so, that I took my own advice and started with a blank piece of paper and wrote it all out.
Currently, I'm reviewing my list so I can plan out my week(s) too.
Sometimes we need our own medicine, but are too reluctant to take it.
Once you have all your to-do's brain dumped, grouped and all sorted it's time to get to scheduling. So, break out your planner or Google Calendar and start putting things in their places. If things are grouped together then schedule them together.
Make sure that you're giving yourself enough time to finish the task and make sure you give yourself enough time to take breaks too. You don't want to over work yourself.
#4 Revisit Your List Often
Just like anything, when you plan your week working from home you need to revisit your list often. Sometimes things won't be necessary anymore and sometimes you'll have to add things.
Your schedule is a living breathing object that should be able to flow with your daily life, shift and move just like you do. Be prepared for things to change, for tasks to shift spots and for scheduled times to be rescheduled.
#5 Figure Out What You Can Automate
Automation will save your life!
Ok, but for real, automation will save you so much time it's unreal. You can schedule an entire month of pinning in a matter of hours depending on how many pins you're wanting to schedule to be pinned per day.
Pinterest isn't the only thing though, you can automate other social media channels as well. By batch scheduling your social media posts you'll save yourself countless hours each day. And, if you use a scheduler like Meet Edgar you can schedule out a TON of content and then have it on repeat! This is such an amazing concept because it allows you to repurpose social media posts over and over and over again.
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Essentially, you could schedule out 1000 posts and have them rotated continuously and you never touch it again aside from adding new blog posts to the mix. Imagine how many hours this would save you! Amazing right?
Ideally, you wouldn't stop posting new content, but in theory you could and let it loop it all for you.
#6 Consider Outsourcing
Once you get to a point where either the amount of work is getting more than you can handle OR you're to the point where you want more time freedom you can outsource.
Outsourcing means taking things off your plate and giving it to someone else to do.
So, all those things you don't like doing? You can hand them off to a VA or business manager and then focus on the things you like doing.
This obviously requires a bit of an investment as you'll be paying someone to do these things. But, if you can do more of what you love doing (writing blog posts or working with clients) then you can do more of that by freeing up your time.
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This could easily help cover the costs of a VA or business manager. You would be focusing on things that would grow your business and add income to the business verses being in the day to day monotonous tasks that take time away from the money making things.
How are you going to plan your week working from home from now on?
Things I Recommend:
I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I'm done. This is the perfect tool in helping you plan your week working from home without adding any unnecessary headaches. In the dashboard you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day and then you can source them from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I'm creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.
I use BoardBooster mostly right now for it's pin looping capabilities. It's amazing in that it will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest and then delete the one that's not performing the best. I'll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.
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