Working at home is pretty magnificent since you got to work side by side with your kids while at the same time making me slightly crazy on a daily basis. It got me thinking and wondering what would a day be like with my fellow work at home moms.
If only I could peep through their daily lives, I’d list down every WAHM hacks that would benefit me to get through the day. Do they follow similar routines with mine? Do we follow the same schedule? What do we do differently?
As for me, I’ve tried every single thing and yet, each day is so unpredictable. Let me give you a little glimpse of what life is like working at home, yayaless and with two little girls with me.
My Actual Daily Work-From-Home Routine
I woke up startled by the buzz of my alarm clock. Still dizzy, I jostled myself out of bed feeling lethargic.
It was just 5’oclock in the morning; my day begins.
As I woke up, I go straight to the bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth. Then proceed afterward to our kitchen. I have an hour to cook our breakfast and lunch before my husband leaves for work. I make the ingredients needed the night before since I don’t have ample time to prepare in the morning. Cooking time would last from 30 to 45 minutes while I simultaneously sweep the floor and declutter our living room and kitchen.
6:00am – 7:00am
My husband leaves for work with his packed breakfast and lunch. While I, my shift begins. I have an hour to scan through my emails and prioritize the important ones before my kids wake up. While doing so, I’ll eat my breakfast alongside my laptop. Needed to save time since anytime my kids will be soon awake.
7:00am – 8:00am
Somewhere in this hour, Belle, my eldest wakes up. She would usually have milk first while lying on our sofa. Otherwise, she’ll go straight playing with her letters and numbers. I’ll continue with my daily tasks and normal BAU’s.
Bree wakes up, and its breakfast time for both of my girls. Bree had cereals while oatmeal and banana for Belle. Since both can eat on their own, I would go on with my work while instantaneously checking on both of them. They tend to get distracted and not finish their bowl of breakfast.
I would steal a 15 minutes tea break to spend a few moments of quality time with my two girls. Well, this is the ideal time, but sadly it doesn’t usually happen due to my hectic schedule.
I would just let them have their independent play. At most of the time, Bree would go to me dragging me towards her for playtime.
Another guilty feeling rises. I can’t always say yes to them. I would try to engage with the kids by singing while trying to focus on my daily workload.
Lunchtime for Belle and Bree. I would let them eat on their own but still constantly checking with them.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Break time. Yes! I have an hour of break and had to take my lunch fast. I would use this time to prepare my kids for naptime. Bath time first then just before my break ended, they must be sleeping already.
If I would still have a few minutes before my break ends, I would also have a power nap to freshen my mind a bit considering I’ve been up since 5:00 am right?
1:00pm – 3:00pm
It’s one chunk of the day when I can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption. I have an hour or two to finish my work while they are napping.
3:00pm – 4:00pm
They must be awake at this time. Just the right time as my shifts ended too. My kids and I would eat snacks together. After eating, I would spend the time to connect with them.
I would also take a moment for myself. Reading while watching them overplay. That is if they would let me read even just for 15 minutes.
5:00pm – 6:00pm
I would let them play on their own while I busy myself cooking for our dinner.
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Early dinner for us. We no longer wait for their Daddy since they must be hungry at this time.
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Screentime for Belle and Bree. Yes! I let them watch TV. There are piles of dishes waiting for me since my morning starts and I got to get going real fast before their bedtime.
8:00pm – 8:30pm
Hubby is home. After he eats dinner, he’ll play with the kids while I am trying to finish the rest of the chores and do something little for myself.
Time for bed! Kids should be ready for sleep by this time. Perfect time for me to take a bath while hubby lets them sleep.
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Should be sleeping time for the rest of us but some nights I would stay a bit late to catch up with my reading or maybe browse the internet to take a glimpse of the outside world.
After that, it’s finally time for me to sleep.
Also, oh! In between our sleep, Belle and Bree would still wake up to ask for milk. If lucky enough, they would sleep through the night.
I have already stopped breastfeeding Bree earlier this year but nevertheless sleep deprivation is still at its peak.
Moreover, this is a very realistic look of our weekdays. Well, expectedly most of the days. Weekends are not too similar since I would catch up some sleep and wake up around 6 to 7 am.
No two days are ever the same for us, and I try to go with the flow as much as I can and do as much work as possible while the girls are sleeping. There are days when the girls are unpredictable. They are extra clingy when their sick and couldn’t catch up with my work. So, I’d go for emergency leave.
It took me almost three years to get comfortable with our daily schedule. Earlier than that every day is a disaster, and there are days I wish it didn’t happen. I’ve got plan A or plan B ready if the daily schedule didn’t work out.
Surprisingly, I managed to be productive while working from home with what little time I have to dedicate to work each day.
Working at home with my two little girls is tough enough. However, juggling with my work commitments is a delicate art.
My responsibilities at home and work are equally important for my family and me that is why I try every possible way to make ends meet.
To avoid being overwhelmed, I think of my purpose why I wanted to work at home in the first place. There are no perfect days, and I don’t have to be guilty of every single time as long as I give my best effort to thrive the day.
I realized that it’s okay not to have a perfectly clean house, it’s okay if toys are cluttered everywhere as long as my kids are happy and are well taken cared of. It’s okay if our dinner isn’t gourmet home cooked as long as my family and I have eaten well. However, most of all, I realized that being with my two little girls every day is a gift.
Is your typical day similar to mine? Any WAHM hacks you’d like to share? Please share your stories and let us find new tips to make it all work.
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