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Working from Home with a Newborn

Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last post! Our newest little man joined us on May 16, 2018, and it’s been a whirlwind since. Even though our older son hasn’t yet reached three, I somehow forgot how demanding and tiring a newborn can be.

A couple of months before the new dude was born, I put together a blog schedule for both of my blogs. The schedules were broken out by week, with two post topics (for each blog) scheduled for the week. The plan at the time was to work ahead and have several scheduled. While I did a great job (right up until the week before he was born) writing and posting the two topics for each week for each blog, I never really got ahead.

Needless to say, when Coulson was born, everything halted, and new content stopped coming. Looking at my awesomely planned out schedules now, I see I’m four weeks behind! While I likely won’t get completely caught up (ever, probably), I will do my best to get back to a good schedule going forward.

As you may (or may not) know, I own two home-based businesses, and I teach part-time at Southeast Tech here in Sioux Falls. Both of my businesses include blogs that I (theoretically) keep updated, and they both have clients/customers to take care of. My teaching schedule and course load varies from term to term, and I do teach year-round. For this summer term, I am teaching just one online class. Although that means I don’t have to be in class in person, I still have a good deal of prep, grading, and email replying to manage. Those three jobs plus a newborn and a toddler make for a fun schedule!

As a general rule, I’m admittedly a bit of a procrastinator, but I’m also very good at scheduling and time management. Don’t ask me how those two extremes even go together, but somehow it works for me. While our new son is home with me all day every day, our older son is going to daycare 15 hours a week. That’s not a huge chunk of time, but the goals were simple:

  • Give me some time to work without a high-energy toddler to tend to
  • Allow me to focus on the newborn and all the tasks associated with him
  • Keep the toddler in a structured, engaging environment throughout the summer months

As I’m now looking at the workload that I’ve somewhat neglected over the last 3.5 weeks since Coulson’s birth, I know my scheduling and time management skills must be put to work! Since my husband works long hours, leaving early in the morning and getting home well passed the bedtime routine, it’s important that I find a schedule that works for me and that I STICK TO IT!

So here I am on a Sunday night, writing this post and putting together my plan. When will I work? What will I do when? When will I tackle the household chores of laundry, dishes, yard work, etc.? When will I run errands? When will I sleep? Here’s my plan going forward: schedule it out one week at a time–because we all know things will change, and I’ll have to roll with the punches.

Every Sunday night, I’ll sit down and look at what’s ahead of me that week. What school work do I need to do? What blog posts do I need to prep and write? What tasks do I need to complete for my customers and clients? What do I need to get done around the house and out and about? I figure I should also take into consideration the weather, so I know when I can mow, when I’ll need to water, and when I can take care of the garden and the flowers. I’m not suggesting it will work out perfectly, but it certainly has to be better than no plan!

Wish me luck!

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