image c/o Holly Fish
When I shared about my journey in becoming a work-at-home mom last week, I got some great questions that I hope to answer in future posts. But the number one question was what our daily schedule looks like. That’s tricky because it really looks different every single day. I’m not good at sticking to a rigid schedule. And over the past three year’s Daniel’s work schedule has changed many times, pretty drastically so we definitely don’t have a tried and true rhythm. But I can tell you how things are looking lately.
This is an example of a good day when I start out right by getting up before the kids. When I don’t wake up before the kids, it’s more of a scramble in the morning and I have to fit some work in while the kids are awake which never goes very well. But without further ado…
5:45 Get woken up by the cat. Try to make to the living room couch without waking any small children up. (If I have a big deadline, I might sneak out til 8am to the coffee shop to get work done.)
6:00 Do Morning Prayer (Lauds) with the Laudate app.
6:10 Working Time until the kids wake up (could be 6:15, could be 7:15. You never know.)
7:00 Daniel goes on a run or I go for a walk while the other one handles breakfast.
7:15 Breakfast and Morning Offering (maybe a read aloud during breakfast)
7:45 Drop Daniel off at the farm for work, listen to an audiobook like Story of the World history in the car.
8:30 Get back home and clean up breakfast dishes/tidy
8:45 2nd grader starts handwriting and math. I do reading practice with the girls. (Here’s our curriculum for the past year if you’re interested.)
9:30 Check 2nd grader’s handwriting and go over math practice questions with him.
9:45 Read alouds with everybody on the couch or outside if if the weather’s nice while the girls do art. Poetry practice.
10:30 Work out/stretch (the girls usually join me)
11:00 Take a shower and get dressed for the day (if everybody is playing happily then I can just sneak this in, if not, I turn on Netflix so I shower in peace.)
11:30 Maybe sneak in some more work before lunch.
12:00 Pray the Angelus. Eat lunch and maybe a read aloud.
12:45 Try to get the girls down for a nap. 2nd grader reads in his room/plays with LEGO/otherwise entertains himself. I either nap with the girls, read a book, watch a show on Netflix, or get work done.
3:00 Girls wake up from nap. 2nd grader can use the computer for Spanish, math practice, emailing with grandparents, and games. Time for laundry, clean up the house, dinner prep (also a good window to get work done if I have a deadline).
4:00 Take the big kids to an extra curricular class. Run a short errand, maybe, before picking them up.
5:00 Drive to pick up Daniel at the farm.
6:00 Home. Make dinner. Sometimes I’ll make dinner. Sometimes Daniel makes dinner. If it’s been a really crappy day for some reason, Daniel will cook and I’ll hide in my bedroom and watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for some alone time to recharge.
7:45 Bedtime routine (help kids brush their teeth, read alouds, etc)
9:00 Kids are (hopefully) asleep. Daniel and I hang out. Maybe watch a show together or read. I may stay up later to work.
Our afternoons/evenings generally stay about the same but we homeschool through the summer so that there’s plenty of days that we can go to the zoo, the park, the museum, or the pool after dropping off Daniel and just skip schoolwork for the morning. We also do “farm school” once a week (we all go to the farm in the morning, Benjamin brings his schoolwork, I bring my laptop to write with, and the girls join in with the childcare for staff kids until lunchtime.)
Daniel’s work schedule is flexible on some days so he will often be home one morning a week to take over on the homefront and I head to a coffee shop for a block of time to work. If I have an important deadline, I’ll hire a mother’s helper for a morning to get some work done. So on average, I get two mornings/week to work uninterrupted and then I usually go somewhere to write either Saturday or Sunday for a chunk of 4 or 5 hours while Daniel’s home.
The total hours I work each week varies drastically depending on what’s going on in life and what I need to finish for work. I might work only 15 hours or I might work 30+.
Hope that helps give you a window into our days!