7 Ways to Find Balance as a Work-at-Home Mom

Finding Balance is difficult for anybody, but I think work-at-home Moms probably have it the roughest. You can have all the stress of a bad day with your kids alongside an impending work deadline. Fortunately, Sarah Geringer (writer of last month’s Finding Freedom in Forgiveness) is back with some great tips to help her fellow WAHMs find balance!

As I work hard to cultivate friendships, my long hours alone will be counterbalanced with relationships.

7 Ways to Find Balance as a Work-at-Home Mom

I’ve been a member of every mommy category: work-from-home mom for 8 years, stay-at-home mom for 1.5 years, and work-outside-the-home mom for the past 4 years.  Six weeks from now, I will return to the work-from-home category.  As I prepare for this transition, I’m praying for wisdom in finding balance.  God has helped me identify seven ways for finding balance as a work-from-home mom.

  1. Time in God’s Word

Each morning I get up before my husband and children.  I brew a cup of tea and spend about ten minutes reading my One Year Bible and praying over my day.  This daily practice has set a peaceful tone before my busy days of working outside the home.  I know it will continue to set a peaceful tone for my days at home, so it’s my top priority for the day.

  1. Time to Work

I will designate specific hours only for work.  Not for squeezing in vacuuming or folding laundry.  Not for scrubbing the toilets or sorting papers.  I learned in my eight years of working from home that certain hours of the day must be made exclusive for work.  Home responsibilities will always be waiting for me, but working from home requires discipline and boundaries.  I also can’t let my work hours bleed into family time or we all pay a price.  My rule will be this: I work during the hours my children are at school—no more, no less.

How can work-at-home moms balance everything? | WAHM | Christian Motherhood | Finding Balance | Life Management | Time Management | Quote

  1. Time to Exercise

Since my work will be done on the computer, I am forced to sit most hours of the day.  If I’m not intentional about exercising, my health will suffer.  To fend off sluggishness I set a timer for every 45 minutes.  Then I stare out my windows at faraway objects, giving my eyes a much-needed break from the screen.  I also walk briskly around the house for a few minutes or do some jumping jacks to get my blood flowing.  I’m considering buying a walking desk to get some steps in while I’m working, and I will spend a half-hour each afternoon on my treadmill while I read books on my Kindle.  However, nothing beats a walk outside on a pretty day (more on that later).

  1. Time to Keep House

I lean more toward messy than neat in my housekeeping.  But my husband really craves clean spaces.  In my new schedule, I plan to use 15 minutes each day for pure organization (paper is my downfall).  I’m looking forward to dusting off my cookbooks and making more meals from scratch. If I enlist the help of my children after school each day, we can have a cleaner house and more freedom on weekends.  This will be a nice switch from cramming it all in on Saturdays.  I hope that scheduled time for housekeeping will promote peace throughout our home.

  1. Time to Unwind

Even though I’ll enjoy a quieter, slower pace at home as compared to the busy office where I currently work, I’ll still be using my brain and I’ll need a break after my designated working hours.  Each afternoon I will relax by reading a book or taking a short nap so my brain gets some much-needed rest before I tackle evening responsibilities.

  1. Time to Enjoy Nature

Staying inside all day will make my world feel oh-so-small.  By getting outside every day, I will enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and an expanded view.  I am blessed to live in the country where I can take peaceful walks and bask in the sounds of birdsong.  I also enjoy gardening, and I plan to linger each day, perhaps at lunchtime or after supper, in my vegetable and flower gardens.

  1. Time to Cultivate Friendships

What I will miss most of all from my current job is the face-to-face interaction with my colleagues, some whom I consider close friends.  I’m going to beat the loneliness of working from home by scheduling phone time with a different friend  or relative each day.  To maintain a connection with my friends from work, I will schedule a monthly girls’ night out.  I am also willing to sacrifice one morning of work hours for Bible study with a group of friends and offset it with extra work on Saturday mornings.  As I work hard to cultivate friendships, my long hours alone will be counterbalanced with relationships.

How can work-at-home moms balance everything? | WAHM | Christian Motherhood | Finding Balance | Life Management | Time Management | Quote

I know from experience that I must be intentional with my time when working from home.  By managing my time in these seven categories, I hope to find balance in my work-from-home schedule.

Questions for Reflection

If you are a work-from-home mom, how can you apply these tips to your current situation?

If you are in a different mommy category, which of these tips can help you manage your time well?


About Sarah Geringer

Sarah Geringer is the author of three self-published books and a memoir.  She blogs regularly at sarahgeringer.com and is working on a new book for May 2017.  Sarah lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children.

How can work-at-home moms balance everything? | WAHM | Christian Motherhood | Finding Balance | Life Management | Time Management

Please share with your friends!

More about Guest Writer

This post was written by a very wonderful guest writer. This person took extra time to craft a wonderful post to help you manage life (or to at least laugh at it), so please thank them by doing any of the following: a) visit her blog for a few minutes b) leaving a comment c) sharing this post with others Thank you!

10 thoughts on “7 Ways to Find Balance as a Work-at-Home Mom

  1. Ann Morrison

    Thank you very much for your tips and recommendations! I always respect greatly the moms who have time to do evething throughout a day! I also manage to do a lot of things during a day, but sometimes I don’t 😀

    Reply

    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Hi Ann! Thank you so much for your comment. Sarah and I both appreciate it, and I’m so happy that you found some advice for you.

      Reply

  2. Gilian

    This is my plan. Was. It was going so well until bany3 came and I can’t seem to have energy waking up before them. I just want to wake up the same time as them so I’ll have more enegy, but still not enough. I just get too tired in the evening.

    Reply

    1. Sarah Geringer

      Gilian, I remember it was hard for me to wake up early and have quiet time with God when my children were littles. I substituted with afternoon quiet time during their naps. I say, whenever it works, it is fine. Get your sleep in whenever you can, and spend quiet time when it works. Blessings to you!

      Reply

    2. Lauren C. Moye

      Gilian, thank you for the comment! I’m going to echo Sarah here. Sometimes the ‘ideal plan’ just doesn’t match our lives. There are so many differences that this isn’t something to stress over. Have you tried seeing what you can eliminate from your daily to-do list? Sometimes we need to just let go of some things so that we can truly rest (like God commanded us!)

      Reply

  3. Rebekah

    These are wonderful tips!! I know fitness and quiet times are the ones that are most important to me. I love to run, but lately I’ve been finding that I’m to caught up in the busyness of blogging and writing, I need to get off my butt and get to it!!

    Reply

    1. Sarah Geringer

      Hi Rebekah, yes, I struggle with making time to exercise. Setting a timer helps me remember. I hope you find time in your busy schedule for more running!

      Reply

    2. Lauren C. Moye

      Rebekah, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. Time to exercise is definitely one thing that I don’t give myself. I need to get better about it, but I also hate running alone (I end up sprinting instead of jogging) and don’t have a workout buddy.

      Reply

  4. Sarah Geringer

    Thanks Lauren for hosting me! I hope this post blesses your readers. Happy Easter to you!

    Reply

    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Sarah, thank you so very much for being a guest contributor again. I appreciate it!

      Reply

Leave a Reply