With the summer upon us, many work at home moms will begin to find little alone time in their days. This means adapting their work habits around the little ones who are sure to be underfoot. My two aren’t in school yet, but I am already planning to be more productive once they start (assuming we don’t homeschool).
For summers, I’ve also begun thinking about how to find time to work with them home. The following are just a few ways WAHMs can find more time to work during summer break!
1. Hire a mother’s helper.
Perhaps a teenager also on summer vacation would be willing to watch your kids for a few hours each day. These helpers usually babysit your children at your home, so you will need a quiet space to work while they are there. Most mother’s helpers work 2-4 hours a day, 2-3 days per week. Think of how productive you could be with 12 hours of peace!
2. Enroll your children in a summer camp.
There are many day camps available for kids during the summer. Their time at camp would give you at least a few hours of uninterrupted working time. Start up a carpool with other moms, taking turns picking up the children and dropping them off at their respective homes. This would help you save on gas and give you more time to work.
3. Trade childcare duties with other WAHMs.
If you don’t have the funds for a babysitter or mother’s helper, exchange childcare duties with work at home moms in your area. You watch the children on Mondays, another mom gets them on Wednesdays, and a third watches them on Fridays. This gives each mom at least two days of free time to get things done.
4. Work outdoors while your kids play.
If you haven’t already, invest in a laptop so your work can go where you and your children go. Keeping your kids pent up all day will not be good for them, your work schedule, or your sanity. Set up a makeshift desk on the back porch or your patio, so you can observe them as they play while also getting work done.
5. Consider a virtual assistant.
When having trouble getting the “busy work” done, WAHMs sometimes turn to a virtual assistant to help with those tasks. Many VAs are trained to send/reply to emails, place telephone calls, update websites, or manage social media accounts. Allowing someone to take on the daily tasks frees you up to work less, so you aren’t stressing the entire summer!
6. Make a schedule.
Above all, having a schedule that you and your family follow will make it easier for you to find time to work. Think about the times you and your kids do things – when they get up, bedtimes, naptimes, or meals. Schedule your work around these so you aren’t interrupted and can be more productive.