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  • How To Organise Your Life Better: Simple Habits For Working Mums

    How To Organise Your Life Better: Simple Habits For Working Mums

    Olivia at computer with Henry (her son)

    Organising your life if you’re a mum is quite challenging. Whether you’re a stay-at-home or working full time, your responsibilities are often the same.

    As a mum, you have to ensure your kids are healthy and safe. You have to feed them, bathe them, and get them ready for school every day. After that, you have to face the household chores waiting for you, from picking up toys to doing the dishes and laundry. And on top of that, you have to worry about not being late to work or a meeting. 

    But it doesn’t stop there. You also have to do some grocery shopping on the side and make dinner. The list seems never-ending! And it’s enough to overwhelm anyone just thinking about every little thing you need to accomplish in a day. 

    Any minute mums don’t spend with their kids is gold as this is the time you can maximise their time at home. This is also one of the factors for staying organised. Besides, you’ll simply waste your time if you spend it being disorganised.

    So how do you stay organised if you’re a working mum?

    1. It’s time to start creating a solid routine

    Yes, we all have daily routines. But they need to be solid so that you can easily run your life. You need to ensure that it involves activities and tasks performed the same way every day. Pick a time of the day where you’re the most confident you can accomplish more.

    For example, if you feel like mornings in your home are unpredictable, and you more control at night, then opt for an evening routine. You can pack your children’s school bags, fold clothes, do the dishes and laundry, decide on the family’s breakfast, and so on. The more chores you can do, the easier your morning will go. Keep in mind that the number one enemy of organisation is not having a firm routine set in place.

    1. Write everything down

    We have so many things going through our minds that it’s simple to forget the itty bitty things. Don’t worry, that’s normal, you’re a mum! You don’t have to memorise or try to remember everything as this will not help you stay organised. 

    It’s been proven that you can remember things better if you write them down. You can simply use a pen and paper or download my free printable planners. It’s the easiest way to become organised, remember the tasks you need to do, and accomplish your goals without feeling overwhelmed.

    1. Get yourself ready first

    Getting everyone ready ahead of you is what we’re all accustomed to. However, this will not serve you, and let’s face it, mornings with kids are unpredictable. Fortunately, you’re not.

    So wake up early, take a refreshing shower, dress up, and get your morning caffeine fix and eat before everyone. So even if your toddler makes a mess or two, you’ll have more time on your hands to clean it, instead of worrying that you’ll be late for work.

    1. Clean as you go

    You can stay on top of organising and keeping things clean in your home is to clean before you go. As a busy mum, you may not have a particular day of the month or week to do stuff even if you love cleaning. Instead, consider doing a few tasks every day. 

    You can fold towels and clothes while your little one takes a bath. While your kids are playing, you can also vacuum a room or wipe down light switches and handrails. There are ways to keep your home spotless without the need to spend precious hours on your hands and knees cleaning over the weekend. 

    1. Make decluttering a part of your life

    You can maximise organisation by decluttering often. Write it down on your calendar or planner and set a day for it. You can also declutter regularly at a specific time. It’s something that will not stick with you if you don’t do it frequently. It’s like showering. It has to have a place in your routine and life. 

    1. Learn to say no

    One common thing that every organised mums have in common is that they know when to say yes or no. But enthusiastically, of course. Saying no to stuff that has no clear purpose will not make you a bad mother. So, make sure to say yes to things that will serve you.

    1. Learn to accept help and delegate

    Let’s admit it, we love being saints! I’m sure you often see yourself not taking up the help offered by someone. We’re all guilty of thinking that we’re the only ones who know how to do a certain task. And it’s a habit that you need to kick out of your system.

    Being a very organised mum means you know that it’s okay to accept help when it is offered to you and delegate work to others. Give your children things to do, as it’ll teach them valuable things in life. Go ahead and say yes to your mum when she wants to babysit your little ones. Allow yourself not to take care of everything.

    1. Forget about technology for a while

    Leave your work at the office. Do not bring it home with you. Consider turning off your email notifications if needed if you have a habit of checking it constantly. Keep important ones such as SMS, phone calls, voicemails, and so on. And if you have numerous apps on your smartphone, turn their notifications off to keep you from getting distracted. 

    You want to be as intentional about the time you’ll spend over the weekend so that you’ll be fresh and ready on Monday. I know this will be challenging, but if you want to be more productive if you don’t have phone distracting and interrupting you with alerts throughout the day.

    Remember that if you truly want to organise your life and home, there’s no better time to start than today. It will not come naturally for all of us, so push yourself. If you have time today, do it instead of telling yourself that you’ll have plenty of time tomorrow or on some other day. 

    Looking for more advice on balancing everything as a busy mama? Check out my latest book; the Busy Mamas Guide To Balancing It All.

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  • Top 11 Tools & Resources For Busy Working Moms

    Top 11 Tools & Resources For Busy Working Moms

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    Are you looking for ways to boost productivity as a busy working mom? I understand the challenges you face, so you’ve come to the right place. Believe me when I say it requires good organisation and planning to balance the two.

    It’s common practice for me to have two screaming children, a mountain of emails to respond to, a report to write, washing to fold and dinner to cook. Imagine what it would be like to have more hours in the day! More hours to get things done and achieve everything you want to in your day.

    Over the years, I’ve learnt some tips and tricks to help boost productivity. Here are my favourite resources to be more productive and efficient with my time.

    Favourite Business Tools & Resources For Balancing Working Mom Life:

    • Canva – this is the best trick to make your content look like it has been professionally design. Use the inbuilt templates online or buy your own templates and load them in! Magic.
    • Asana – this is hands down the best to-do list EVER and it even has an app version. Projects, teams and lists – plus you can print them off if you prefer hard copy lists.
    • Google Drive – my favourite online storage system because it’s so simple and easy to use!
    • Creative Market – buy creative templates including website themes, Canva templates, logos and more from this awesome online creative market!
    • Outlook app – I do love Outlook for my work emails and this app allows you to view your calendar and emails all in one easy place.
    • Gmail app – I do love Gmail for my personal emails and the app is super user friendly.
    • Google Analytics – I LOVE analytics so it’s no secret that I like to have Google
      Analytics on stand-by. Very easy to use from the app and tells you great info about your website/blog traffic!
    • Mail Chimp – I’m currently running MailChimp and this app makes thing super easy to check and load campaigns from your phone.
    • Daily Planner – I’m a HUGE list fan so you can check out the daily to do list I created which has work & personal tasks on the same page.
    • Weekly Planner – I’m a HUGE fan of writing down weekly tasks on a Sunday night. Check out my favourite weekly planner here!
    • Simple Habit – when you are a busy working mom, it’s easy to get TOO busy and then burnt out! Take time out for you with these simple 5-minute meditations.

    These tools & resources help me automate systems and processes, save time and build the business. Balancing working mom life is an art – but with good tools and resources, you can sky rocket productivity too.

    The more organisation, preparation and planning you do – the better. Do you know how important it is to have a clear destination and road map on where you are heading? Take time out to plan and review your goals regularly so you stay on track.

    Remember – we are what we repeatedly do. Our daily habits shape our future.

    I’m always on the lookout for the best resources for working moms that make my life just a little bit easier. That means fewer to-dos, and more time back in my day for the things (and little people) I love.

    Have you used these tools & resources before? Do you have any extra’s you can share in the comments below that I can add to the post?

    Olivia x

     

     

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  • Goals: 10 Reasons You Haven’t Achieved Your Goals

    10 Reasons You Haven’t Achieved Your Goals

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    Are you struggling to achieve your goals? Do you know you want to achieve something but you’re not sure where to start? Or do you struggle staying motivated when on your path to achieving a goal?

    Here are the top ten reasons why you may not be achieving your goals yet:

    1. Your goals aren’t specific enough

    If you don’t have clearly defined goals, you procrastinate. Sound familiar?

    SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. You need something that is not too general. For example, “get healthy.” You need to get specific around the details of your goal to ensure it is a clear, concise goal that you can set your sights on.

    It’s important that you are as specific as possible when setting goals, otherwise you won’t have enough direction to follow through. A good way of knowing whether they are specific enough is to ask yourself “if someone else read this goal, could they clearly define it?”

    2. You have no way of measuring your goals

    It is much harder to recognise where you are at with reaching your goal if you have no way of measuring it. Tracking the progress of your goals is an important step to staying motivated. It allows you to set smaller milestone to achieve so you can celebrate when you meet them and re-evaluate if you don’t.

    It’s best to assign a measurable unit to each of your goals:

    • money
    • scale of 1-10
    • frequency (number of times you do something)
    • volume (number of things you do)

    For example: if you goal is to spend more time with your family every month. The goal needs to be defined before it can be assigned a measurable unit. If you define the success as spending one date night per fortnight with your significant other, and one family date with your significant other and kids per week then that would be your means of measuring the goal.

    3. You make your goals unattainable

     If a goal is so unattainable and you feel it’s impossible to reach – you will simply give up. It’s so important to set goals that are challenging enough, yet not so challenging that you don’t even try.

    For example, if your goal is “to lift 100kg weights in the gym in 7 days” when you have never worked out before – this is not setting you up for success. In order to work your way up to achieving this goal, you will need to set smaller milestones to train your body to be strong enough to lift this amount.

    Consistency is everything. If you reach your goal in three months but your system is unsustainable for the long term, you could backslide and end up right where you started.

    4. You only list your long-term goals

    When we only focus on long-term goals, it’s easy to let the motivation fizzle out because we are stuck on the larger view. If we list out all of the short-term goals required to achieve the longer-term goal, we will have more success.

    When we break down long-term goals into smaller weekly or daily goals – this makes them easier to focus on. Consider the smaller goals, the stepping-stones to achieve the longer-term goals.

    5. You don’t write your goals down

    According to studies on goal setting, people who write their goals down are more likely to achieve it than those who don’t.

    The more vividly you can write down your goal the better. For example, you should be able to have someone read through your goals and clearly understand exactly what they are.

    When you write down your goals, two amazing things happen. The first is, you store the information on a piece of paper that is easy to access at any time. You can place that piece of paper on the fridge or in your office so you will have a visual cue every day.

    The second is, you encode information in your memory. When you write, you improve the encoding process. In other words, if you write your goal down then it has a much greater chance of being remembered.

    6. Your day to day environment doesn’t support your goals

     The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. If one of your goals are centred around becoming healthier and your kitchen is full of chocolate, sweets and ice-cream – how challenging do you think it will be to achieve your goal?

    Set yourself up for success in your day to day environment and ensure you are doing things today that your future self will thank you for.

    You may want to change your day to day environment to remove temptations, clear clutter so you can become more focused or remove the TV from your room so you can achieve your goal of getting better quality sleep.

    7. You get stuck on the end result with your goals

    It’s very easy to get stuck on the end result with your goals and forget that there is always a journey to get there. Enjoy the process of achieving your goals.

    It’s really important to break any larger or long-term goals into smaller short-term goals so you can celebrate the achievement of milestones along the way.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s important to remember that everyone is on their own unique journey – including you.

    Consistency is key here, and those who are more consistent day in and day out will achieve their goals faster than someone who is super dedicated but only in short bursts.

    8. You get discouraged when you go off track

    It’s important to be kind to yourself when you go off track and not allow your inner-voice to let you give up on the goal altogether. It’s normal to go off track sometimes and have ‘bad days.’

    The main thing is to not let those bad days turn into bad months and bad years! When you go off track and are feeling discouraged, go and re-read your goals again. Write down WHY the goal is important to you and how you will FEEL when you achieve it.

    This will help to reignite your passion and determination to achieve the goal.

    9. You don’t celebrate your wins

    Whether you are setting goals for business or personal; it’s so important to celebrate your wins. When you celebrate, endorphins are released inside your body and you feel amazing.

    A large part of your success is your state of mind – having a success mindset will help to fast-track achieving your goals. Focus on celebrating every win, no matter how small. This will help to attract more positivity and continually motivate you to achieve your goals.

    TIP: Remember you can always share your wins publicly! Your small win may inspire someone else around you to keep going and moving towards achieving their goals too.

    10. You don’t have an accountability partner

    According to research, the two main drivers that effectively help people achieve desirable behaviour changes are incentives and accountability. Achieving anything in life takes practice and changing daily habits

    When you tell yourself and no one else that you will start your business, start a new gym routine, write a book or save $5000 – you are less likely to do it. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) completed a study on accountability. and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone.

    Once you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your change of success by up to 95%.

    You can make a commitment to someone today to ensure you achieve your goals. Your accountability partner could be someone trying to achieve a goal of their own OR your spouse, reliable friend or work colleague. Who can you share your goals with today?

    If you enjoyed this post, you will love my daily to do list. Get it here:

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    Thanks for reading this post. Let me know below which of these you have tried and if you have a favourite goal-setting tip that you’d like to share ?.

    Olivia x

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  • Think Positive: 11 Ways to Boost Positive Thinking 

    Think Positive: 11 Ways to Boost Positive Thinking

    Once you truly learn to harness the power of positivity, it has an amazing impact on your life.

    Each of us have a set of messages that we play over and over in our minds. Our internal dialogue plays a part in our overall happiness, the decisions we make and how we view the world. Thinking positive takes practice and once you learn to focus on the good; you keep attracting more of it.

    So how do we begin to change our mindset to be more positive? These eleven positive thinking exercises will help to boost positive thinking and attract more positivity in your life.

    1. Write in a gratitude journal everyday

    Before you go to sleep each night, write in a gratitude journal the three things you are thankful for that day. By reinforcing what you are thankful for, you attract more positivity. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to practice this before sleep at the same time every day.

    2. Replace negative words with positive words

    This takes practice, so the more you can use positive words instead of negative words – the easier this will be! For example, you can swap “issues” or “problems” for “challenges.” This is a more positive way of saying something negative. There are a few words you should remove from your vocabulary that are dis-empowering; try, can’t, hate.

    3. Surround yourself with positive people

    Positivity attracts positivity. If you’re tired of feeling weighed down by the negative people who are around you, it’s time to start attracting positive people into your life! They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. How true is this for you?

    4. Say thank you to everyone for everything

    The smallest thank you is always worth more than the effort it takes to give it. By being thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. This is a simple one to practice every day. How many times are you not saying thank you when you could?

    5. Appreciate what you already have right now

    Don’t wait for the perfect body, job or bank balance to appreciate what you have. Love yourself now; exactly as you are. If we are constantly on the hunt for the next thing to make us happy or love ourselves, we would never be happy! Appreciate what you have right now and love yourself in this very moment.

    6. Practice being present in every moment

    This is one of the most beneficial practices but also takes time to perfect. Mindfulness is definitely a buzzword at the moment. What it actually means is to practice living in this very moment and not thinking about the past nor the present. This allows you to be completely at peace and content with where you are that very moment.

    7. Carry yourself with positive posture

    When you see someone who is down, sad or upset – what does their posture look like? When you see someone who is happy, upbeat and joyful – what does their posture look like? By carrying yourself with positive posture, standing up tall with your head up, you are immediately lifting your vibration and energy to be more positive.

    8. Smile and laugh often!

    This one is free and is such a good one to practice! SMILE and laugh often! The very act of smiling allows us to be happier. Smiling and laughing are powerful yet simple ways to remained balanced every day. When we smile and laugh, we support our physical, mental and emotional health.

    9. Do something kind every day

    Take time to do something kind every single day. This may be something as simple as opening a door for someone, smiling at them or saying hello! It’s amazing how much joy we can get from doing something kind for someone every day. It could be someone you know or a complete stranger.

    10. Write a thank you message to someone in your network daily

    This one is one of my favourites. Write a note to someone in your network daily. It could be a friend that you are super thankful for, a colleague who has really supported you at work that week or a family member that has helped you with the kids. Don’t wait for a specific reason – just remind people in your life that mean the world to you, that you are super thankful for their friendship.

    11. Start the day with positive affirmations

    You can literally speak things into existence. That means you can speak positive things into existence too! Start your day with saying 5 minutes of positive affirmations like:

    • I am worth the money
    • I have the power to create change

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    “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu

    Thanks for reading this post. Let me know below which of these you have tried and if you have a favourite tip that you’d like to share ?.

    Olivia x

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  • 11 Tips for Balancing Business & Babies [FREE RESOURCES INSIDE]!

    11 Tips for Balancing Business & Babies

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    How To Balance Business and Babies

    It’s a familiar battle most mums face – how do you balance business and babies? I myself have faced the exact same battle.

    What if you LOVE your babies, but you are also ambitious and LOVE your career? Does that mean that your career has to stop? The short answer; ABSOLUTELY NOT.

    The number one question I get asked by other mums is “HOW ON EARTH do you balance everything and fit it all in?!”

    Well, if there’s one thing for sure, EVERY one is different however I have found that there are three key pillars which help to balance business and babies with ease.

    Plus, a little something called coffee and wine ?!

    1. Use weekly and daily planners

    Planning is the key to an organised life. Set yourself up for success by planning properly!

    Use weekly and daily planners to map out your week and any appointments or key events. My Sunday ritual includes sitting down after the kids are asleep and completing the weekly planner for the following week.

    Once finished – put this on the fridge so everyone can see the planner and knows what is happening that week. The daily planners can be completed the night before or morning of and list out any key tasks, appointments or phone calls to make that day.

    My FAVOURITE to do list has home & work priorities on the same pad – below is the planner I swear by and helps to compartmentalise the family tasks from the business tasks.

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    1. Do your grocery shopping online

    Doing your grocery shopping online can save countless hours running around at the shops. This is SO much easier than trying to juggle kids at the grocery store!

    You can plan your meals perfectly so you know exactly what to buy when you put your shopping list. This has saved us THOUSANDS of dollars as we used to throw away so much fruit and vegetables from incorrectly shopping when under pressure at the store.

    For example; I always order ingredients for quick 20-minute dinners on the days that I know I will be finishing late at the office. That way when I get home, I can quickly chuck something together and have dinner on the table within 20 minutes. Saves on UberEATS and Chinese take-out!

    Aussie mama’s: I shop at Coles – I’ve tried both and I just prefer it more.

    1. Get up before the kids do

    Get up a little bit earlier than the kids do if you need to fit in exercise, study or extra work!

    I usually wake up around 5am which gives me an extra two hours in the morning to get things done; study, work or exercise.

    This is a habit you will need to form cold turkey. Stop snoozing your alarm – get up and go! It gets easier every day.

    1. Have a growth mindset

    Fall in love with the art of self-development. LEARN, GROW, INVEST IN YOURSELF.

    You are a better mum and business woman by doing so. Use your spare time to read a book, listen to a podcast or learn a new skill. Stop the endless scroll on social media!

    Podcasts are a great way to learn and develop while still allowing you to do your daily tasks. Grab some headphones and listen while you’re cleaning or driving.

    BONUS TIP: Read before bed instead of scrolling through Instagram. It calms your mind down and prepares it for sleep as opposed to firing it up!

     

    1. Get out of your comfort zone every day

    Expand your mindset and open yourself up to new things. Get out of your comfort zone every day.

    Your mind wants you to be comfortable; it doesn’t want you to try new things. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will help you get out of your bubble.

    We can easily become content at home and not ever leave the house. Get the pram, get to a local play cafe; step outside and do things to mix up your scenery and expose yourself to new opportunities!

    1. Develop healthy eating habits

    There’s a reason why you should put your oxygen mask on before a child’s. It’s because if you run out of oxygen, you can’t help anyone else with their oxygen mask.

    Maintaining good health is key to balancing business and babies. This means, eating good food and drinking lots of water.

    Consume healthy foods like lean meats, fruit and vegetables. Take a multivitamin for extra energy. Your body will eliminate what it doesn’t need.

    BONUS TIP: My go-to healthy dinner is this Clean Lasagna, it’s a FAN favourite and is so easy to make.

    1. Find ways to stay active

    Choose an exercise program that’s right for you. Hate cardio? Great – go take a Pilates class. The key is to find an exercise program that you love so exercising isn’t a chore.

    Staying active helps you mentally, physically and emotionally. For me, I’m in A LOT better head space when I stay active. It’s also good time out from the kids!

    Aussie mama’s: I go to KXPilates North Adelaide and LOVE it. It’s actually quite challenging and has been so good for my body. I’ve never felt better!

    1. Be flexible and understanding

    Sometimes you just have to reschedule things and not everything will always go to plan.

    Be flexible if you do have to cancel and don’t let it get to you. Be honest, make a joke – people understand what it’s like to have kids and juggle work at the same time.

    It is so important to be flexible and understanding with yourself. You can’t be perfect all the time so find the beauty in changing up your plans and rescheduling things when you have to.

    I promise you; it’s not the end of the world!

    1. Invest in wireless head phones

    Apple Airpods changed my life. Hands free calls make life SO much easier and I no longer have a sore neck from being on the phone with a shrugged shoulder.

    Imagine doing the daily tasks like washing the dishes, vacuuming or changing nappies while on the phone and having use of BOTH your hands. EPIC.

    Be careful of the mic though, they are very powerful. I learnt this the hard way when a supplier I was on a call with asked if there was a frog in the background.

    No sir, that’s just my Medela breast pump pumping away! Insert awkward face.

    1. Don’t do tasks you can do when the kids are awake, when they are sleeping!

    Simple, yet effective. Don’t do tasks you can do when the kids are awake, when they are sleeping! Save the dishes and get on top of your emails or that important task that you need to silence for instead.

    When the kids are up, you can set them up with an activity and do some tidying in that room. Or, set them up with their lunch and do the dishes while you’re all in the same room together.

    It’s much harder to be focused on work when the kids are awake, so choose the sleeping times to do the more important work tasks you need silence to get achieved. Save your sanity.

    1. Block out time to spend with them – be present.

    At the end of the day, the kids come first in our household. I block out time to spend with just them – doing the things they love. Sitting in the playroom together, reading books, going for walks and taking them to the local play café.

    Be 100% present with them when you’re there so you don’t feel guilty when you’re 100% present with your work.

    Finally:

    1. You’re amazing. Don’t ever feel guilty for working hard and building a better life for your family.
    2. Rest when you need it. Life is about BALANCE.
    3. Be fearless and forever in pursuit of your dreams. FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY.

    I think it’s important to note that while we have some AMAZING weeks and get so much achieved, other times the week just doesn’t go to plan. We all have bad days, and sometimes we have bad weeks. That is 100% NORMAL, just be kind to yourself during those times.

    If you’re needing a little ‘pick me up,’ then I suggest downloading some FREE affirmations like the ones below and save to your phone wallpaper. It’s a daily reminder to find the positive in everything in your world and makes an amazing difference to your daily mindset.

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    Motherhood is a balancing act and we do an AMAZING job creating and then raising children in addition to balancing business too.

    Have you tried any of these tips for balancing business and babies before? Do you have other ideas you could suggest? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

    Olivia x

    P.S I would LOVE to know what questions, problems or struggles you may have when it comes to balancing business and babies. Please share your thoughts in this quick survey that will help me get to know you better! I am excited to connect with you and learn more about you!

    This is my way of serving your needs so you can get to know me better. I’m hoping you’ll do the same! Please, introduce yourself on InstagramFacebookPinterest, Twitter.

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  • How To Work From Home With A Baby

    Learn my top tips and tricks on how to work from home with a baby!

    Be Flexible 

    Flexibility is key here and you need to adapt to changes in schedule. While getting routines together is GREAT; the reality is, things don’t always go to plan.

    Practice being adaptable to changes in your day, meetings and routine. If there is a really important meeting, try to plan to have support for the kids in advance and book those meetings in on the same day every month.

    Use Headphones For Phone Meetings

    One of the best purchases I made was Apple Airpods. These have saved me countless trips to the Chiropractor from holding my phone to my ear with my shoulder!

    I LOVE these and it means you can be in a complete different room to your phone but be buzzing around doing things. This is part of my routine for phone calls and gives you the ability to float from room to room putting things away, checking on the kids and preparing meals.

    Keep in mind that they can still pick up sound really easy – I learnt this the hard way when I was expressing milk on a work phone call and the gentleman asked me if there was a “frog in the background.” Awkward.

    Use A Baby Carrier

    The first months of bub’s life are so special, and you want to make sure you get to spend as much time skin to skin as possible by keeping them close to you. Archie loved being on me and having a decent baby carrier means you will be able to get so much more achieved.

    We use the CHEKOH baby sling and I find this one to be so comfortable and easy to get on and off quickly. He loves the flexibility of being in a little hammock and sleeps really well while walking around doing things. Also – it’s super easy to hand-wash and hang out on the line if it gets dirty.

    Have Dedicated Play Areas

    One of the best tips to working from home is having dedicated play areas where you know bubs can independently play that’s safe. At home, we have a play pen setup in the lounge room with toys and a soft lounge suite.

    This is where Henry has independent play during the day and can read books, play with his toys and keep busy. The space is his and because it’s in the lounge room, I can sit in there and keep in company while responding to emails.

    Write Lists and Prioritise

    This is an important one and something I do religiously every day. Get into the habit of writing lists – and using them! One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is using my weekly planner and sticking to the fridge.

    Using the weekly planner, I write down any tasks and appointments for the week and put it on the fridge. It gives me a weekly overview every time I open the fridge door and acts as another reminder for things.

    Another great tip is to write a list of to-dos’ before you go to bed, for the following day. I love a to-do list that separates tasks for “home” and “work.” This is what I personally use every day and it allows me to separate the work tasks from the personal ones.

    Anything I can’t tick off during the day will be rolled onto the following day’s list that evening.

    Be Patient

    At the end of the day, your kids come first and their needs are the biggest priority. Some days you have it together, and things go to plan. Other days, things get out of hand and nothing seems to go right. It’s all NORMAL, and everyone goes through the ups and downs.

    I find it helps to gently remind yourself that your babies are only babies for a short time. Therefore, it’s so important that you get to enjoy them and share those special moments. If you can’t get everything ticked off the list, you miss a phone call or a meeting has to get re-shuffled, remember to be grateful. Your beautiful babies need you – and we know that won’t last forever!

    You’re doing good mama, and “you can.”

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