There is a common misconception among those in traditional employment that work at home moms have it easy. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Not only do work at home moms (WAHMs, for short) have to deal with managing their careers, but they also have to care for their homes and children.
And since they work from home, they don’t get to take a break from some of it all by going to the office! All of this means that WAHMS can easily find all of their time used up by their responsibilities, leaving no time for themselves or their side projects.
This is exactly Why You Should Be Using a Work at Home Mom’s Evening Routine! I have a printable nightly routine template at the end of this post!
Why You Should Be Using a Work at Home Mom’s Evening Routine
A work at home mom’s nightly routine is essentially a time management tool in the form of a handy printable. It includes to-do lists related to your kids, your home, and yourself. Mine also includes a handy notes section, and a spot to write out your to-dos for the next day.
The lists keep you on track so you do only what you have to do during the evening. After you’ve checked off all your tasks, you’re free to do whatever you want! It sounds simple (and it is!), but the benefits it provides are greater than you might think.
Time Management Made Easy
Time management is one of those phrases that is used so often that people know its important, but don’t really understand just how far-reaching the idea behind it is. But time management is critical to creating a work/life balance. Or in the case of a work at home mom, a work/parenting/homemaking/life balance!
Because work at home moms have so many responsibilities, it’s easy for them to keep putting those responsibilities before themselves. As a result, they may not take time to relax, engage in hobbies, pursue passion projects, or learn other skills.
Relaxing is Important
Taking time to relax is a critical part of basic self-care. How can you have a healthy mental state if you’re always going at 110%! While a workaholic mindset is praised in our current time, it’s actually unhealthy. Keep it up for too long and you’ll face mental burnout and possibly stress-related health issues.
You can avoid all of that by relaxing for at least 30 minutes in the evening. Read a book, watch a movie, chat with your significant other, play a video game, play with your pet, etc. Even exercising can be relaxing, because while it’s physically demanding, it’s a nice mental break from everything else.
Don’t Forget your Hobbies
Spending time on your hobbies is also important if you want to keep yourself in tip-top mental shape! Some hobbies are beneficial because they’re relaxing. Others are handy because they teach useful skills. And others are simply worthwhile because they’re something different from what you usually do.
No matter how much you love your day job, doing the same thing all day, every day may eventually make it appear boring. Taking the time to work on something totally different can provide a nice mental reset.
Making Time for your Passions
A work at home mom’s nightly routine can also be very beneficial if you have a passion project you’re working on. Whether that project is just something for you/your home or something with a potentially wider audience (like a book or small business), you won’t find time to complete it if you’re always focused on your work/home/kids. If you have any hope of successfully achieving your goals with your project, you’re going to have to put time and energy into it.
If you stick very strictly to your work at home mom’s nightly routine, you should have at least a little energy left to work on your project. And if you’re passionate about your project, a little energy is all you really need! But if you get off track and do “just one more thing for work” or “clean up just one more room” you’ll find yourself using up the last bits of your time and energy on things that aren’t priorities.
Your work at home mom’s nightly routine also gives you a chance to learn other skills. Just because you work and are a mom doesn’t mean you can’t take online classes in the evening, or teach yourself an important skill. Constantly learning is important to growing as a person, rising up in your career, and changing careers, if that’s something you’re interested in doing.
But just like with working on a passion project, learning requires time and energy. It’s entirely possible to learn a language to a basic/intermediate level in 3 months, but only if you put in the time. Halfheartedly practicing twice a week isn’t enough. It requires daily practice and focus, which is only possible if you have your evening schedule in order!
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If you use this work at home mom’s nightly routine printable, you’re sure to get control over your evenings!