How To Tackle The 3 Biggest Struggles of Working from Home

How to Tackle the 3 Biggest Struggles of Working from Home - Productive Mompreneur

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At some point during your entrepreneurial journey, you’re going to deal with mom guilt.

You will quickly find that your dream of working from home isn’t all it appeared to be.

When your blog and business become as demanding as your motherhood responsibilities, you’ll find yourself working endless hours because you’re so passionate about it. The result of this often leads to a burnout and neglecting some of the most important responsibilities that you have as a mother.

The most common things that mompreneurs struggle to remain consistent with are cooking, cleaning, and spending time with their children.

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When you start investing more time into your blog or business, you may notice that the house starts getting messier and you aren’t cooking as much. And when you do cook, you probably overcook the food because you stepped away for “a few minutes” to check something online.

Oh yeah, you may also find your little one having a party after midnight while you’re trying to work because you lost track of time.

There are ways to prioritize motherhood without completely giving up on what you’re passionate about. You just have to discipline yourself and remember that you are a MOMpreneur.

It’s normal to fall off every now and then, but when you do, you want to ensure that you learn from that experience.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your most time consuming motherhood responsibilities are taken care of so you can dedicate a consistent amount of time to your blog or business each week.

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1. Meal prep

Although there are many health benefits for meal prepping, it’s not only for people who “want to eat super healthy”. 

Meal prepping will save you lots of time throughout the week and help you become more organized.

Most times breakfast and lunch can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. However, dinner can take hours to prepare and sometimes it’s an all day affair. 

I’ve been planning out family meals each week for over a year and we shop according to the list.

I’m a very picky eater, but I’ve gotten better at disciplining myself when it comes to sticking to the weekly meal agenda.

Quick tip: When meal prepping, think about things that your family typically enjoy eating. Everyone will have to compromise in order to make it work and it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

  1. Plan your meals and only purchase what’s needed if you don’t already have it. Try to get meals that use similar ingredients so you won’t have to cook as much. 
  2. Pick a day of the week that you can dedicate to cooking your meals. On my first attempt, I was only able to prep a few nights worth of food. Now I can prep for weeks in advance.
  3. Portion your meals into bowls that safe for you to freeze and microwave. This will make it easy if you are prepping a large amount of food that may stay frozen for longer periods of time and will need to be reheated in order for you to eat it.

When it’s time for dinner later that week, or the following week, all you’ll need to do is heat up the food!

The only “prep” you will have to do prior to heating the food is sitting the frozen food in the fridge the day before you plan to eat it.

Wouldn’t it be great to only have to spend 5 minutes to prepare (reheat) a well-rounded meal each night?

Meal prepping can give you several hours of free time each week. This will make it easier to dedicate more time to your blog and business without feeling guilty for not having time to cook.

To make it a little more fun, you can create a DIY meal prep chart or get one on Amazon.

2. Create a cleaning strategy

Cleaning is a never ending chore. 

It’s exhausting, especially when you find yourself cleaning the same thing over and over again every. single. day.

Since the time I can dedicate to my business varies on a daily basis, I base my cleaning schedule around it.

25% ruleIf I wake up early in the morning, I’ll take 25% of my work time and use it for cleaning. So if I plan to work for an hour, I’ll spend 15 minutes doing a cleaning sprint before I start my hour.

Dedicating 25% of my work time to cleaning, each time I work, allows me to maintain a peace of mind.

It also teaches a form of discipline that ensures that I’m not just working all day and I make time to clean.

Involve your kids: I never knew how much my toddler enjoyed cleaning until I started to involve him in the process. During the afternoons, I would turn cleaning into a game.

Now he loves putting his toys away and throwing things in the trash. He even puts his bowl in the sink after eating.

Super clean: Once a month, I do a nice deep clean of the entire house. I get rid of things and organize others. 

This makes it easier to do the 25% cleaning sprints before working. 

There are many ways that you can go about dedicating a day to cleaning your entire house. There are even some people who say you can do it all in 1 hour

I haven’t mastered doing a deep clean in 1 hour, but it’s a challenge I’d like to try out one day. I’m sure it’ll be possible if I clean each time I work and continue involving my toddler in between my monthly super cleans.

3. Schedule activity time

When setting your weekly tasks and goals, be sure to include family time.

It doesn’t matter if you have no plans, just set aside some time where you can pull yourself away from your work and focus on your little ones, especially if you don’t have resources (family, daycare, etc.) to help you during the day.

We don’t live close enough to family for me to drop our kids off for a few hours so I can get work done. Although I found my village, I still have to supervise my toddler at times because he can get a little rough when he’s excited (most of the kids there are girls). My youngest is just a few months old, so he is always with me.

As you can see, I currently don’t have the option to not work with my children around. So I have to ensure that I schedule this time, stick to it, and ensure my toddler understands when work time and play time is. And when play time arrives, we’re going to have tons of fun!

If you’re in need of activity ideas, you can find lots of ideas in this post from The Soccer Mom Blog. I’m always using Pinterest to look for DIY ideas that can help with motor skills and that’s where I found that post!

My toddler and I also play a couple of games like Connect 4 and Jenga. He doesn’t understand the full concept of those games yet, but he enjoys matching the colors of Connect 4 and building the tower as I pull apart the blocks in Jenga.

Those were my favorite two games growing up! I’m glad that he finds interest in them because I can see us having a great time in the future!

Being able to tackle these things on a consistent basis won’t happen overnight. There will be lots of ups and downs, but it’s not impossible to do.

How to you deal with these tasks in your home? Do you plan to try any of these out if you haven’t figured out a strategy?

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17 thoughts on “How To Tackle The 3 Biggest Struggles of Working from Home

  1. Well, you know better than most just how badly I struggle with time management and prioritizing lol. That is why I do appreciate our check-ins. But working from home is HARD. People assume it’s glamorous and easy. But if you are a mom, wife, etc, it’s not all that easy! But I am learning how to handle it all day by day. These tips are very helpful!

    1. Lol thanks Kristie and I agree! Many people assume they’ll productively balance everything and be successful from day 1, but working from home, especially for moms, comes with many challenges.

  2. Yes, the working from home struggle is real. Especially for moms. I find having systems in place a must. We have to have a schedule or it all falls down. The tips in this post are very helpful and I will use them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for beginner blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.|

    1. I’m glad you are enjoying my blog!
      My biggest tips are to:
      1. Set small and big goals, then create a plan to achieve them. When you’re blogging just to blog, it can become really overwhelming.
      2. Do what’s realistic for your lifestyle. Don’t force yourself to blog daily or weekly if you don’t have time for it.
      3. Write for your audience. Depending on your purpose for blogging, you can tie each post into a product/service you offer, or you can write about things that don’t directly market your product/service, but still attract your ideal audience.
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  4. Great tips! For meal planning I’ve found the best way for my family is to have an annual meal plan. We eat the same breakfast and lunch each day of the week (so we have a Monday menu and a Tuesday menu), and a themed rotation for dinner. We make a new plan every July, and I make my master shopping list. It works for us, and saves a lot of time through the year.
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    1. Thanks Lisa!
      It’s good to hear that you repeat the same meals also! People would look at me as if I were crazy when I told them that my family did this, haha. It really saves time AND money when you plan your meals to that extent. It takes a lot of discipline, but it’s worth it!

  5. These are great tips. I try to do as much as I can to keeps time with my kids separate from business time. The crockpot and Instant pot are my friends. My husband is a huge help. He has different shifts throughout the week and helps in between. I even get a few hrs to myself to get errands done one day a week. No kids in tow lol.

    1. Thank you Misty!
      I haven’t tried an instant pot before, but it’s something I’ve considered looking into. The crock pot has been a huge help, even before I started meal planning.
      My husband is a huge help also. Since he doesn’t work far from home, he uses his lunch hour (a few times a week) to come home and help with nap time for our toddler.

  6. Love, love, love these tips. Of course, like every other mompreneur, it is challenging for me to keep up with the demands of running the house smoothly while maintaining a profitable business. Your picture reminds me of one of my favorite pictures my husband took of me and my 3-year-old daughter. I was typing on the computer while she was playing with her tablet on my lap. We do what we have to do, right? LOL

    1. LOL right! It’s very challenging, but very well worth it.

      I’ll send you an email tomorrow, if not later today, to follow up with you (from Facebook) 😊. I saw your response after I started my errands and I haven’t been back to reply.

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