If I can get through this quarantine without buying a tie-dye sweatsuit I can do anything!!! Am I right ladies? COVID-19 was certainly not on anyone’s radar. It has caused a massive disruption in everyday life and trying to survive it is downright exhausting if you do not have a set schedule in place. It has made it more challenging as a working mom. As a full-time paralegal (working both in the office and remotely), a mom of two boys, and my fiancé, whom is a Marine pilot stationed in Texas, is unable to travel due to the COVID-19, my world has faced hurdles.
But if there is one thing I learned, it is that as a working mom, I can get through this hectic time by getting on a schedule! All we have to do is alter our routines a bit so we can make working from home, home-schooling, scheduling, and staying mentally and physically healthy a manageable mission during this time.
ɪ ʜɪɢʜʟʏ ʀᴇᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴅ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ, “ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ, ᴍᴀᴍᴀ, ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ: 𝟻-ᴍɪɴᴜᴛᴇs ᴍɪɴᴅғᴜʟɴᴇss ғᴏʀ ʙᴜsʏ ᴍᴏᴍs” ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ click the image below!
Successful Schedule to Follow
Why was the house so clean on Mother’s Day? Because mom spent all day on Saturday cleaning (who else is with me?) My fiancé is working hard to finish pilot school and I am planning new daily tasks for myself and our family so that we can get through this as stress free as possible. To do that, I had to come up with an optimal schedule, which I want to share that with you so you can see managing it all is achievable.
- 6-7am: Wake up and start getting ready for the day. If you can, try squeezing in a small workout and/or meditation session to get yourself started on the right foot.
- 7-8am: Get the kids up and ready, including helping them get dressed (if need be) and making breakfast. Since my eight-year-old has an assignment due every Friday, I will email his teacher his final project and make sure that his Zoom meetings are on my calendar (while keeping my thumb off the TikTok app in my phone).
8-12pm: Once my kids are situated, I will take some time to go over my own work-related tasks and read/respond to emails. If you tend to have a hard time getting your kids to do their assignments on their own while you work, try investing in a visual calendar and giving them positive reinforcement awards. This will encourage them to stick to their schedule and perhaps take some chores off your plate so you can focus.
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ᴍʏ ᴋɪᴅs ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴛʜɪs ᴄʜᴀʟᴋʙᴏᴀʀᴅ sᴛʏʟᴇ ᴍᴀɢɴᴇᴛ ʙᴏᴀʀᴅ. ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴇᴀsɪʟʏ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴛʜʀᴏᴡ ɪᴛ ᴏɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʀᴇғʀɪɢᴇʀᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇ ᴀᴡᴀʏ! ʟᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴋɪᴅs ɢᴇᴛ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ɪᴛ!
During the day I also prepare my essential oil diffusers with a mix of boiling hot water and about seven drops of lavender oil. In my jeep I have an essential oil car diffuser for when we make a run for lunch or run an errand.
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this is the car essential oil diffuser that I am currently using: click the link below↓↓↓↓↓
- 12-1pm: Take a break, make some lunch, and spend some time with my kids to recharge. See how they are doing and see if they need any help with their Zoom assignments, etc.
- 1-4pm: Finish up my work-related tasks for the day. If I did not finish, then I would dedicate some time after sending the kids to bed to complete it. This is also the time I would go over any new assignments with my kids, help with any homeschooling issues, and partake in family activities.
- 5-7pm: Make dinner and clean up around the house afterward. Any chores that my kids were not assigned, I would finish them up now, such as taking out the trash or sweeping.
- 7-8pm: Here is when I would get my kids ready for bedtime and review what I need to do the next day. This helps me with planning and having a solid understanding of what to expect.
- 8-10pm: Finish up anything else on my to-do list if I still have energy left, and then go to bed yourself to be rested for the next busy day.
Remember, weekends are much more “flexible” and a good time to do all those other duties you do not have time for during the week, such as deep cleaning, grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, etc.
Working moms have so much on our plates, and it can feel overwhelming to face it all when everything seems to be scattered and unorganized. So, do yourself a favor and make your life a bit easier with a schedule so you can feel much less stressed. I understand that every working mom has their own lifestyle and goals, so feel free to tweak the plan to fit your mold. Remember, the entire purpose is for you to stay on track and feel confident at the end of each day that you were able to get through everything the best you could. Scheduling may take some time, but it is entirely worth it for smoother juggling days.