My Actual Daily Work From Home Routine | A Day In The Life Of A WAHM

Work from home routine

As a work at home mom I often get asked how I manage to “do it all”. Hearing that question makes me want to burst out laughing, because even though I do a lot, I do not “do it all”. I think what they mean to ask is how do I manage to work from home while also managing all of my other responsibilities. So, I have decided to give you a peek behind the curtain and share my actual daily work from home routine. 

 

Before I dive into the details, I want to share a little bit of background so you can get an idea of what my life is like. I stay home with the kids 100% of the time, have a part time job, run this blog and my husband works a crazy unpredictable schedule which makes it so I am in charge of running the household by myself 95% of the time.

 

Now before you go thinking that I have this all figured out. Please be assured that I most certainly do not. Things are always changing around here and I have to adapt to that and change my routines and plans frequently. It’s not easy or glamorous, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

Now for a more in depth look at what a typical day looks like for me. I hope this will give you some ideas for how to structure your day when your work from home. 

 

5:00AM Wake Up And Morning Routine

This is an essential piece of my day. I truly believe that my morning routine is what allows me to be successful. Right now, I am using this time solely for self care. It gives me the chance to pour into myself before the hustle and bustle of the day is underway.

 

7:00AM Start Making Breakfast

I start making breakfast around 7:00 so that it is ready for when the kids wake up. Sometimes they are already awake at this time and if so I let them free play while I am getting everything ready.

 

7:30AM – 9:00AM Kids Morning Routine

This kids start waking up between 7:00 and 7:30 and they get started right away. Their basic routine is eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth, and get their backpacks packed for school. The older two are pretty self sufficient with this, so while they are getting ready I will help the toddler along, make my bed and clean up the kitchen. Occasionally, we have some time left over before we have to leave and I will have the kids do their chores. If everything is done in time, I will let them watch a show before we leave. We leave the house at about 8:45 to get to the bus stop in time.

 

9:00AM – 11:00AM Mommy and Toddler Time

Most of the time, I will play or go to activities with my youngest. Some days we do errands like grocery shopping or anything else that needs to get done.

 

11:30AM Make Lunch

Around 11:30 we decide what we want to eat for lunch and then I will make it. This usually takes about 15-30 minutes depending on how elaborate lunch is and whether or not I planned ahead. We sit and eat lunch together then I will quickly clean up.

 

12-2:30 Nap Time For Toddler And Blog Time For Mama

Right after lunch, it’s nap time for the little lady. Some days she will go down without a fuss, but others she will fight or make me stay in her room until she falls asleep. After I have put her down, I will spend nap time working on the blog. This is one of my favorite parts of the day. I get to be in solitude doing something that I love.

work from home routine

3:00-3:30 Wake Up From Nap And Free Play

Usually, the little lady naps until about 3. Sometimes she wakes up earlier, and sometimes she will nap until 4PM. If she is awake, she will free play. If she sleeps late, I will take that opportunity to get some extra blogging work done.

 

3:45 Pick Up The Older Kids From The Bus Stop

I am lucky enough that the bus stop is right at the end of my driveway, so it is about a 1 minute walk their and back.

4:00PM-6:00PM Homework, Activites, Free Play, Mom Makes Dinner

Every day is a little different during this time. Generally, after they come home, they have a quick snack. Then depending on the day, they will either go to an activity or start working on their homework. Between 4:30 and 5:00 I will start to get dinner ready and we will start eating dinner around 6PM.

 

6:30PM Start Getting Ready For Bed (Evening Routine)

The kids start getting ready for bed around 6:30PM. This includes taking a bath (some nights), put on pajamas and brush teeth.

7:00PM-7:30PM Story And Bed Time

We read a story to the kids before they go to bed. Most times the parents read, but other times, one of the kids wants to show of their reading skills and will take over. After the story, it’s time for snuggles with each kid and then lights out by 7:30.

 

7:30-9PM Work

My work schedule is anywhere from 9-20 hours a week depending on how the season. I usually try to work only at the end of the day. My job is not something that I particularly enjoy, but I do it so that I can provide some income for my family and continue to stay home. I try and save it for the end of the day when my kids are asleep so I can give my best to them all day. At one point I tried getting my work done first thing in the morning, but I found that it started my day on a sour note, so now I wait.

 

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9PM – 10PM Relax With The Hubby

After I am done working my husband and I will relax and watch a show or two together. Some days we will make it more of a date and enjoy a yummy treat. I try to be in bed no later than 10PM, because sleep is a priority for me.

 

This is the routine that works for me right now, but life is always changing and sometimes I need to adapt my routine. My hope with this article is that it will give you some insight on how to create a WAHM schedule that works for you. 

 

Does this always go according to plan? No.

Do I ever get stressed out? Yes!

It it a lot of work? You bet.

 

Being a work at home mom is one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I get to stay home with my kids, I have a flexible schedule and I can work from wherever I want. I feel very blessed to live this life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

 

I would love to hear from you! What does your day look like?

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. I was really interested to read this. I was a stay at home mom 30-35 years ago but I never ever thought to schedule things or that I should be doing things any certain way. But I also didn’t have a work at home job either. I am really impressed with Moms these days. You all seem to be so organized. My daughter is home schooling and I just don’t know if I was ever capable of that. LOL
    I enjoyed going through your day with you. Thanks for linking at OVER THE MOON Link Party.
    🙂 gwingal

  2. I hope to work from home in the future if that ever would be possible. Thanks for sharing your routine #DreamTeam

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  3. You seem very organised indeed, but your flexibility means that you really can fit it all in. Thank you for sharing your plan – I’m sure it will really help a lot of others planning their days! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  4. This is almost identical to my routine, except that my youngest has just started nursery so I swap naptime for nursery time. It is pretty full-on and but I find it’s manageable as long as something unexpected doesn’t come up. Then everything descends into chaos! Haha #dreamteam

  5. I needed this post today! I’ve been fighting structure in my days and it’s not going well!!! I know that I’m more productive when I have a flexible schedule/routine in place!! Your schedule was inspiring! Thanks for sharing!! I’m visiting from Wined Down Weds!💜

  6. I love reading these “how I manage my life” posts. They are often inspirational. I’m envious that your kids don’t catch the bus until after 8am. My girls are at the bus stop by 7:40 so that makes my morning a lot more cramped. But some days I get time between them getting on the bus and me leaving for work, so I can get some blog tasks done in that time. Sounds like you’re fairly organized – I love that!
    ~Jess
    #ALittleBitOfEverything

  7. This is nearly the same as my routine. Except I do freelance client work during nap times and then blog in the evening. Sometimes client work takes up naps and evenings. I find it harder doing client work at night usually because by 8pm I’m really tired and my concentration isn’t that great. I’m very lucky to be able to stay at home and work but it’s very very tough and I’ve never been so tired! I sometimes miss having a spare half hour in the office to slowly get into the swing of things. You have to be more militant about work schedules and squeezing as much as you can out of the little time you’ve got when you’re a WAHM #brilliantblogposts

  8. Wow, it sounds like you have a really full day. I absolutely take my hat off to moms who work from home whilst balancing home life with children. Especially when they are not yet in school. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam x

  9. Hi, Bethany. That’s a full day. Toddlers and kiddos like to keep us on our toes. Whenever I read these posts I envision this as a the perfect, everything goes as planned day. I know it’s not.
    What do you do or how do you handle the unexpected things? Do you have steel patience or do you use mindfulness/meditation/etc. to get over frustrations?

    When I had little kids I would always try to wake early to take care of me but no matter how much I changed up the wake time, my boys would wake early too. Not sure how they know that mom is awake but probably has something to do with asking questions ONLY when I’m in the restroom. ^_^

    For your evening job, is there a way to put yourself in a fun-pleasant state before starting? Music? etc.

    Found you via the #TrafficJamWeekend.

    1. Hi SaraBeth! I love your question. I try my best to “plan to fail” which means I come up with an action plan ahead of time for any potential obstacles. Most of the time that helps keep me on track. But there are times when even that doesn’t work. In those scenarios, I just give myself some grace and jump back in when I can.

      I am not patient by nature. It is something I am constantly working on and I do get overwhelmed from time to time. I have been working on mindfulness for a while and it has been a game changer.

  10. Thank you so much for doing this! We are in a huge transition right now and it has been hard finding a routine that really works. I am on my second year with my blog and finding the time to do it while homeschooling and doing all of my other chores has been tough at times. My son is 9 and does not nap any more, so this introvert is having a hard time finding the quiet that I so badly need. Looking at others schedules for the day really help to get new ideas on different things that I can do to make this life thing work!

    Hopping over from #WonderfulWednesday!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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