Time Saving Ideas For Work at Home Moms

Time saving ideas for work at home moms

Borrow a few of these time saving ideas for work at home moms from blogger Tina Seitzinger featured on Momcomm and you’ll be feeling more organized and in control. Don’t forget to share them with your friends if they work well for you.

Time Saving Ideas for Work at Home Moms

Back when I was a new blogger, I came across Tina’s blog Life Without Pink. I thought, man, this girl and I would get along great! Almost 1.5 years later we DID meet and guess what? HIT. IT. OFF. Tina is a smart, savvy marketer and does all of her marketing and social media genius-doing while working at home. She’s bringing you some great tips today (and some helpful apps to boot)!

Time management is a real issue for moms that work from home. Most of us are trying to build a successful business while balancing household chores and our growing families, the reason we decided to stay home. But it’s not easy working from home, especially if you have young children like me.

Most days I feel like I’m running from one thing to the next without stopping to catch my breath. However, I find it quite rewarding at the end of the day when I am able to cross even two things off my list and get to spend the day with my adorable boys.

Here are a few things I’ve found that help me manage my time while working from home with little ones.

Tip #1: Establish a schedule. This really helps so that you can outline school times, meals, nap, errands and work.

For example, my oldest gets on the bus at 11:15am. I try to get up early to check and respond to emails before the boys get up. Then I know from about 8:30am – 10:30am we do breakfast, get dressed and play. After my oldest is on the bus, my little guy and I do errands and I am back home at 1pm to work for two hours.

Tip #2: When do you feel MOST productive? Figure out what time of the day you get that burst of energy. Is it in the morning around 10am? Or maybe right after lunch? Or perhaps you are a night owl? Schedule the most important activities that you MUST get done during that time.

Tip #3: Use a timer. When you sit down to do a task set the timer. Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Email {aka time suckers} and focus on that one task. Give yourself 15 – 20 minutes to accomplishment and cross that item off your list.

Tip #4: Create a designated area for work and play. This is so important. I used to work from the dining room table but found I was disorganized and would get more distracted. Find a place in your home where you can create a work place. It could be as simple as a small corner tucked away in your bedroom {like I have} or maybe one room dedicated to your work.

Tip #5: Use productivity apps. I don’t know about you but I live by my iPhone. All of my appointments, deadlines, school activities, etc. go into my calendar on my phone.

For the rest of these time saving tips and great app ideas for staying organized click here…

I think the best time saving idea for work at home moms that Tina mentions is not an app, it’s the timer. For example, I use mine when I want to accomplish something in exactly 20 minutes or less. It keeps me focused and I get a lot more work done in a shorter time.  Or for longer stretches when I get really involved in a project and don’t want to miss carpool time or burn the chicken in the oven. I also use the timer to settle disputes over toys, each child gets a turn when the timer buzzes. If you wanted to add a little zen to your day you can buy a “timer” with the sound of a gentle gong like they have in some yoga classes.

What is your best time saving idea?

 

 


 

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