One of the most difficult things about being a work from home mum is managing my time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people that wants to do anything extravagant like watching television or drinking a hot cup of tea. I pretty much know those things aren’t allowed when you’re a mum, let alone a mum who works.
I am happy with my lot. I look after the children in the morning and we usually do an activity for them and walk Pluto. Then we have lunch, very occasionally a friend or a family member will join us for lunch or, heaven forbid, we might go out.
When hubby has the girls I am occasionally lucky enough to manage two minutes of work at a time for a couple of hours. Of course interspersed with regular interruptions such as “Mum, Lia’s eating the dog” and “Mum, I can’t find my pink phone and I need to ring Father Christmas.”
On a good day, when I’ve managed 7 minutes of work in two hours, I go downstairs to eat dinner with everyone. On a bad day I shovel it down my neck at my desk whilst typing one handed, making the most of the peace and quiet whilst they all have too much in their mouths to talk.
I then go back upstairs to try and focus on work during story time and bedtime routine related tantrums. Following that, it’s time for me to try to get Lia to bed. She needs feeding before she goes to sleep so there’s no chance of hubby doing it.
After about an hour of feeding, shuffling around, chattering and pulling my hair, Lia finally falls asleep. I then sit with Libby for a little while before putting her back to bed and sit down to do some work.
If I’m lucky this will be at around 8pm and Lia will only wake up once more before 9pm. Once she goes to sleep once and for all, I get an hour of work done and then fit in a short run at about 10 pm.
Last night it was snowing by the time I got round to running but there was no chance of putting it off any longer.
So, at about 10.30 I sit down for uninterrupted work time until 1, 2 or 3 am depending on how much work I’ve got on.
If anyone has any bright ideas for time management that would allow me to fit in a run of longer than ten minutes, a glass of wine or a bit more sleep I would be eternally grateful.