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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    Hi guys!

    I'm self employed and work from home, DS is 6 months old.

    I'm really struggling trying to get everything done in a day! I feel like something is always lagging - house is clean but inbox is full, or (like right now), work is reasonably up to date but house is filthy!

    I try so hard to spend quality time with DS too but it gets so busy and I find myself checking emails while we're playing together which I know is bad!

    I also try to get out of the house but a lot of the time I find the only sun we get is when I'm hanging out the washing!

    I'm also trying to tone up but haven't really been able to fit much exercise in.

    DF has to go out and do the jobs, which means he's gone a lot too.

    I try to work while DS is sleeping, and do housework/play while he's awake, but on days like today when he's having 30 minute catnaps I find it impossible!

    ETA (accidentally hit send)

    So how do you ladies do it? What does your daily schedule look like?
    I have poor time management skills apparently and would love to see what other mums are doing to maintain the work/life balance!
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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    I have worked from home the last 4 years and it is hard work! To be honest I wasn't doing either job of being a mum or a worker very well so now have DD in child care some of the time and treat those days like I would a normal office day. I also use those days to get some housework done. Like washing and mopping. Just realise u can't do everything at the same time and go from there. Good luck!

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    I'll be working from home occasionally this year and DS will be in daycare that day. I would look into this or asking if you have someone who can help out s morning or day a week.

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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    Yeah I probably should look into daycare, I'm just not quite ready.

    We haven't left DS with anyone yet, but we have put our names down at a few places.

    I guess I could look at getting a cleaner once a week maybe? Hmmm...

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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    I work from home and have 2 little ones. I have implemented a few things to help me:
    *currently doing a daily schedule to put on the fridge to ensure we all have a healthy balance, making sure to schedule in playtime for the kids and
    * work while bub is sleeping or at night, not too late though!
    * work while hubby can take control of the kids/house even if it is an hour
    * have made activity boxes that keep my toddler amused, this has worked really really well!
    * organise a playdate swap with another mum do you then have a child free time to catch up
    * Meal planning/slow cooker meals to maximise time in the arvos
    * my kids now go to bed earlier so I get more time in the evening too

    So in saying all of that I have had to really prioritise what is important to me. I opt to get on the floor and play with the kids versus folding the washing. My house is still clean just a little out of control sometimes but that's okay (used to freak me out!) I also don't get a lot done when only short snatches of time so sometimes on a Sunday I need to lock myself away in the office. I choose not to use daycare (our daycare centre is terrible!)
    I highly recommend the activity box idea.
    Did I mention I study also?!

    Best of luck.

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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    Oh and I highly recommend a robotic vaccuum cleaner!

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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    My DD is 5 months corrected and I work from home part time. I understand what you mean about being only on top of one thing at a time!!

    My DD sleeps well, she has a 2-3 hour morning sleep and a 2 hour afternoon sleep, sometimes more. I wake up at 6, a little before she does, so I can get myself organised. Then when she's having her morning nap I check emails, tend to anything urgent and then express and do house stuff, washing etc. During her afternoon nap time I work and don't touch any house stuff at all. When hubby comes home about 6 I start on dinner and come 7/8pm I try to finish off anything not done during the day but thankfully there's usually jut brining in the washing or something and no work.

    This is all going to get turned on its head when uni starts again in 2 weeks! :-S

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    I do 3 days from home and office. i have a roomba vacuum to do floors whilst I'm working. DHs job is to do groceries from his iPhone/iPad during travel to or from work.
    I do work when DH gets home and takes over.
    I cook big batches of easy food (bolognese etc) in a slow cooker and freeze portions.
    When I can't stand the sight of the mess I send DH out for an hour with DD and have a cleanup on a weekend.
    I never manage 9-5 type hours but get my work done.

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    Default Your work from home schedule?

    I sooooo want a robotic vacuum!

    I do try to cook ahead when I can, for example I'll make a big pesto chicken pasta and that'll be lunch for 3 days, or huge dinners that'll last a couple of days.

    I procrastinate about cleaning though which doesn't help the situation!

    I think 6mo DS is too small for an activity box just yet. He does play on his own for good chunks of time, but he still wants a lot of attention from us.

    I've started making lists of things that need to be done on a daily/weekly basis, I plan on sharing these with DF and hopefully we can stay on top of things a little more, and be a little more constructive with our time!


 

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