Hi Mamas! I wanted to write a quick blog post to share my work from home schedule. 🙂 As many of you know, I’m a mom, teacher, firefighter wife, and blogger.
When I first started teaching from home, it was pure survival mode. I felt completely overwhelmed being all of the above at once.
Ross has been gone more lately at the station, which means I’m home by myself much of the time.
Working from home and raising a little toddler at the same time is quite a difficult task in my book.
After those initial weeks, I decided I needed routine. Rhett needed a routine too. So, below I am going to share what has been working for us!
These times are round about times. And, this is the schedule I use when Ross is gone. On the days that Ross is home, he is able to help out a lot more.
I figured sharing the “hardest” scheduled days might be more meaningful in the sense that I’m sharing how I solo mom and work from home that day.
7:15 – My alarm goes off. Doesn’t always mean I get up right away. Nonetheless, it goes off every five minutes until I do, haha.
7:30- Start my meditation. I use the app, “Headspace” every morning. This is just my time to take a few deep breaths and remember the important things.
-Brush my teeth
-Grab my deodorant, lol
-Glide on my eye balm
-Throw my hair back
-Check my emails and respond (usually I don’t have many yet, as I check and respond to emails every night before bed)
8:00- Ride the Peloton. Lately, I’ve been riding for about 20 minutes or so. It feels so nice to be able to get my workout done in the morning. I feel refreshed and ready to start the day.
8:20- Take a shower, throw on make up (if I feel like it — most days, I don’t), start a load of laundry
8:45- I make myself a cup of almond tea and sit at my makeshift desk downstairs.
8:45-9:45 I usually spend this time working. Checking emails, creating lessons, conferencing, etc.
9:45- Rhett usually wakes up. I know, I know. We are VERY lucky that our babe loves his sleep. Everyone always asks what time Rhett goes to bed. 7:30-8:00 now. It used to be a strict 7:00 during school days.
9:45-10:10 Take care of Rhett, fix him breakfast, read a book
10:10-10:40 Usually during this time I am back to work. I sit at my desk while Rhett independently plays. He is pretty good at playing on his own. Independent play is SOOO important for his development and it really helps me to get things done.
Needless to say, he doesn’t *always* independently play. There are some days he wants no attention, and others where he needs all the attention in the world. Depending on the day, we work through it. If I start to notice that he is feeling sad or keeps asking for me, I will take a break and play with him for a few minutes before going back to work.
10:40-11:15 We take a walk as long as it’s not raining. It’s good for both of us to get out of the house for a bit and breathe in the fresh air.
11:15-11:30 Rhett usually has a small snack and we complete puzzles, read a book, play with toys, etc.
11:30-12:00 UGH. I never thought I would show my baby tv. Lol, cuzzz the joke is on me. Usually right before Rhett’s nap I spend 30 minutes back on my computer working. I feel SO guilty that Rhett is watching tv, but it must be done.
12:00- Rhett usually goes down for his nap
12:00-12:30 I usually spend this half hour having “me time”. I fix my lunch, watch my favorite show, answer my DMs on instagram, plan my blogging content, etc.
12:30-1:00 I take this time to finish laundry, clean the kitchen, vacuum, dust, etc. Basically spend this time getting chores done.
1:00-2:00 Back to work I go!
2:00- Rhett wakes up from his nap at this time.
2:00-2:30 Take care of Rhett, fix him lunch, sit at the table with him and talk. It’s super important to me that we take time to sit and have conversation with the tv off.
2:30-2:45 I usually spend this time teaching him words, completing puzzles, or working with him on his strength. (climbing, pushing himself on his bike, etc.)
2:45-3:15. YIKES — another Mickey show. While he is watching, I am working.
3:15-5:00 Usually we spend the rest of the day outside. Either going on a walk, blowing bubbles, playing with chalk, or simply sitting outside and watching the birds. (He LOVEESSS birds and planes.)
5:00- I usually start fixing dinner while Rhett plays
5:30- We eat!
5:45- We clean up. Rhett likes LOVES to clean up his toys. He makes sure every toy is in the bin before we go “upstairs”. I don’t know how we got so lucky, but we did. We clean up everything we got out and head upstairs for a bath.
6:00-6:30 Bath time/brushing teeth
6:30-6:45 Put on our jammies, read a book
6:45-7:30 Play upstairs, watch a few minutes Toy Story
7:30- Say our prayers and Rhett goes to sleep
7:30-9:30 I usually work for another hour/two hours (sometimes three if I really need to) to get things ready for the next day. This is the time I usually plan, write emails to be scheduled for the following day, record lessons, etc.
After this, I go back to being “Katelyn” for the night. I may watch 90 Day Fiancee (haha), relax, work on my instagram, write a blog post, get a post ready for the next day, do a face mask, etc.
Whew… that was a lot longer than I expected it to be. Not everything is perfect and I always wish I could be MORE. More time being a mom. More time being a teacher. More time being a blogger. More time being a wife. More time being me.
What I realized before I started this schedule was that I was literally taking ZERO time for myself. I would be up ALL night working because I felt guilty that I didn’t get as much done at work as I’d wanted to. On the flip side, I would have Rhett stay up longer at night because I felt bad that I didn’t get to spend much quality time with him that day. I couldn’t figure out a good balance that made me feel “enough”.
On the days that Ross is home, I am able to spend more time during the day working and less at night. It’s been a harder transition for me to have so much variance in how my day is split apart. Usually it’s work mode, mom mode, blog mode. But at this time, I have to go back and forth throughout the entire day.
It has been a transition, but I’m slowly working through it and accepting it as my new normal for now.
Whatever your schedule is… I hope you are taking time for yourself. YOU deserve to be you. FORGET about cleaning out your closet… binge watch Netflix and eat a doughnut if that’s what you feel you need.
We all are having our fair share of sadness, anxiousness, etc. right now. Give yourself some grace and know that you are loved. You are enough.