Being a work from home mom already has its challenges like feeling compelled to clean the house instead of working among other things.

But keeping up with work when the kids are home for summer? Definitely not the easiest, especially if you are working with very limited childcare.

Tune in and learn how to manage your schedule as a work from home mom during the summer.

I know here in North America, most kids are out of school for the summer or will be out of school in the next few weeks.

Now, I don’t have school aged kids yet (my son will be starting kindergarten fall 2025 so I’m almost there) but my daughter just started daycare last week so I’m familiar with operating on a limited schedule and embracing the naptime hustle. So let’s dive in.

Ditch the should dos and focus on the must dos //

I don’t know how many times I have caught myself doing random tasks instead of ones that I know will move the needle forward due to procrastination. Well, when you’re working on a limited schedule you don’t really have time to mess around so make a list of the most important tasks you need to get done each week and push the random tasks aside at least until the summer is over. Trust me, this will make you feel a lot less overwhelmed.

 

Prioritize the 1-2 most important tasks each day //

My very first tip for you was to ditch the should dos and focus on the must dos so now it’s time to prioritize what’s most important to get done each day. I am the person who used to put 50+ tasks on my to-do list per day and then get upset with myself when I couldn’t accomplish all of those tasks in the 2-4 hours I had to work each day. So don’t be like me and be realistic with what you can get done in the time that you do have to work. That may mean pushing back some tasks that are important but not urgent and that’s completely okay. You don’t have to push these tasks back forever. It’s only for a short season.

 

Take advantage of whatever childcare you can get //

I know that this might not be realistic for everyone but if you do have some sort of childcare whether it’s a week or two of day camp or a babysitter a few times per week, really take advantage of that time for focused work time. During this time, I would prioritize important projects that you want to get done but wouldn’t necessarily be able to accomplish on your limited summer schedule.

 

Give yourself grace //

You may not be able to be super productive every single day but that’s okay. Go easy on yourself. I know this is cliche and you’ve probably heard it a million times but we only get 18 summers with our kids so if some business tasks that aren’t urgent need to take a backseat, then so be it. Summer is the time to serve your current clients or students and prepare for growth mode in the fall.

 

Take time for yourself too //

You know the saying you can’t fill from an empty cup? Well, it’s definitely true. If we’re feeling empty and depleted, then it’s hard for us to show up as our best selves for our kids and our business. Even with limited working time, I still prioritize taking care of my mental health. For me that looks like making time each day to read because I have always been an avid reader before kids and have rediscovered my love for reading earlier this year.

I would love to know, do you have any tips or hacks on getting things done in the summer months? Let me know over on Instagram and I’ll see you in the next episode.

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