How To Build The Best Stay At Home Mom Schedule
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If and when I don’t stick to my stay at home mom schedule- it’s chaos.
Does this sound familiar? When you don’t know what day of the week it is, you’re not sure if you took your vitamins and medication, you have no idea where you left your morning coffee, and sometimes unsure if you’re even awake or still sleeping.
I have days like these at least once or twice a week.
Prior to transitioning into a stay at home mom, I worked full time as a graduate nurse for a few months. And I’ll be sharing both my working mom and stay at home mom schedules.
Working Mom Schedule
This is roughly what my schedule looked like as a new, working mom of a 3-month old baby.
4:30am: Wake up and got ready
4:50am: Ate breakfast
5:15am: Fed my daughter
5:30am: Left the house
5:45am: Dropped off my daughter
6:15am: Got to work
7:15pm: Clocked out of work
7:40pm: Got home (my husband picked our daughter up after work)
8:30pm: Prepared dinner
9:00pm: Ate dinner
9:45pm: Got my daughter ready for bed
10:15pm: Got ready for bed
Then repeat if I worked two days in a row. I had barely any time with my daughter on days that I worked. And I definitely had no energy.
The days I wasn’t working was spent running errands, preparing meals, and trying to get as much sleep and time with my baby.
I also spent my days off trying to console my colicky baby which was mentally and emotionally draining. With this being added to my lack of sleep and time, it was easy for me to feel like my life was spiraling down.
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Create The Best Stay At Home Mom Schedule
The strategies I list are what worked best for me. And what you could benefit from.
1. Make a list.
Making a list of things to do for the day structures your day.
We tend to have an ever growing to do list built in our mom brains. But actually sitting down to write what you need to do for the day keeps you more accountable.
I like writing down my to do list on a dry erase board that I keep on my fridge. And I get a fulfilling satisfaction by crossing out each things on it.
2. Prioritize your list.
Number them from the greatest priority to the least.
If taking a shower is the most important thing that needs to get done that day- put that on the very top of your list.
3. Lower your expectations.
Don’t start writing 50 things to do in one day. Because you’ll drive yourself nuts.
Start off with 3 to 5 things that need to get done.
- Vacuum the living room
- Take a shower
- Wash the dishes
- Give baby a bath
- Wipe down the kitchen counters
4. Find the time of day you’re most productive.
I find myself to be the most productive right after my morning coffee.
And I die down around dinner time. So I try and get as much done as possible before noon.
5. Put your phone away.
Our phones can be the biggest barrier to our productivity.
Put your phone down in the bedroom for an hour or two while you knock things off your to do list.
6. Don’t overdo it.
Don’t think you have to do 10 things at once. Stick to your list. Make the effort to knock out everything on your daily list, day by day. And the next thing you know- you’ve set a healthy, productive habit and routine.
Another thing that worked for me was to not think too far ahead. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s best to take things day by day. When you do that, you’re less likely to get overwhelmed and more likely to stay motivated.
Building my stay at home mom schedule has not been an easy road. I went back and forth trying to get my baby on my schedule and trying to work around her schedule (naps and feeds).
After transitioning into being a SAHM, our routine naturally ended up working around my daughter’s naps and feeds. By being on a consistent nap schedule, there were fewer meltdowns and she was overall much happier.
Stay At Home Mom Schedule
8-8:30am: Wake up, pee, brush teeth, wash face, etc.
8:35am: Let the dogs out
8:40am: Change my daughter’s diaper
8:45am: Make my coffee, add my collagen powder, possibly poop
9:00am: Take my prenatal vitamin and medicine
9:10am: Tidy up the living room
9:15am: Make eggs
9:25: Eat breakfast
9:45am: Clean up, wash dishes
10:40am-12:00pm: Nap time
12:05pm: Change her diaper and let the dogs out
12:15pm: Run errands, workout, or baby playdates
2:30pm: Nap 2
3:30pm: Change her diaper
3:45pm: Play time, throw laundry in
5:30-6pm: Start making dinner, sometimes fit in nap 3 (nap 3 is always very short)
6:30pm: Dinner time
8:45pm: Bedtime for baby and relax time for mommy and daddy
If you have kids that are in school, this might be a great article for you I’ve Been a SAHM for 5 Years and Here’s My Stay-at-Home-Mom Schedule.
Dear Stay At Home Mama
You may or may not need this. But I sure needed it when my friend shared it with me.
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I really need to listen to these tips! I’m always trying to over do it as a mom.
Yes it’s definitely a struggle! But it’s okay to not get everything done in one day mama!
This schedule is very practical! Wish I had this when my kiddo was younger! Thank you for sharing!’
Glad you thought so! Thanks for reading!
Schedules are very important, both for kids and parents. Ours definitely changed from when we were all leaving the house to being with one another all day everyday. I definitely learned to be realistic with my expectations.
I think that’s the key to making each day successful- it’s to have realistic expectations.