We are about six weeks into our quarantine now and I haven’t decided if things are getting easier or harder. In some ways I think we are finding our routine in this new normal, but I also think we are all getting tired of being stuck at home. Read more below about what our daily quarantine schedule looks like!
For the first time last week I made a major mistake at work because of being home and distracted while trying to work. While I am so incredibly grateful to be fortunate enough to have a job that I can do from home it doesn’t make the situation any easier. I have been working from home for several years now and many of my friends have asked how I handle it and what my schedule looks like. I thought I would share how we spend our days in quarantine as a working mom with a preschooler and baby.
Before sharing my daily quarantine schedule, I want to point out that some advance planning is crucial in successfully working from home with a child of any age. Planning both my work day as well as how I am going to occupy time with my kids. I try to schedule calls in the morning while Dan is home and during Nolan’s nap time. Of course, that isn’t always possible but it’s something I keep in the back of my mind when scheduling calls.
I also find getting work done with my preschooler around is easiest if I have a plan for each day. My kids work best with routine so if I plan activities for the day or week it keeps us both productive. I do try to limit screen time as much as possible and use it more strategically (ie; if I have a conference call).
Our Daily Quarantine Schedule as a Working Mom with a Preschooler
6:00am — Dan and I wake up. He makes breakfast and I work on projects that require my complete attention.
7:00am –– Kids wake up and we eat breakfast. I don’t normally like to work during meals, as we eat together as a family; however, depending on my day I will work through breakfast since it’s a good 30-45 minutes where my kids are busy (Aiden eats very slowly).
8:00am-11:00am — Dan is usually home during this time so he does his best to keep the kids busy. This is when I schedule my conference calls and meetings with my team. Nolan usually naps between 10am-12pm.
11:00am – 11:30am — I usually turn on a playgroup for Aiden. I signed up for our local Fit4Mom virtual program and they have a playgroup type activity each day. If we aren’t doing the playgroup I will put on Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, Disney Animation Studio tutorial, or an Oliver Jeffers A Book A Day reading.
11:30am-12:30pm — We eat lunch during this time period.
12:30pm – 2:00pm — I try to give Aiden a few educational-type activities during this time. You can check out this post for ideas for things to do inside. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I expect I will be able to send him outside to play with sand or the water table we got Nolan for his birthday. During this time I try to focus on things that don’t take as much brain power because I will get interrupted. I usually take a break every 30-45 minutes to spend some time with Aiden. I find this helps with the interruptions while I work.
2:00pm — Nolan takes a second nap. Aiden usually goes to his room for an hour of quiet time. Sometimes he naps, sometimes he doesn’t. I can focus on work again!
3:00pm — This is usually the end of my day. Since I start so early I am usually done relatively early. If the weather is nice we will go for a walk or bike ride in our neighborhood. This is a good way for Aiden to get some energy out which makes bedtime go smoother.
5:00pm — We eat dinner around 5pm.
6:00pm — Nighttime routine. Aiden and Nolan get a bath and we read a story and they are in bed around 7pm. I have been doing the Josh Gadd readings (though I am not sure he is still doing them) or sometimes the Washington Nationals will have a reading that we can watch. I think this makes this time stuck at home a bit more special.
Once the kids go to sleep I clean our kitchen and main level. I finish any work that I didn’t get to that I don’t think I will have time to complete the next morning. I also try to do a Fit4Mom workout. I find that ending my day with a workout helps relieve some stress from quarantine.
I would love to know what your daily quarantine schedule look like! Is there anything you do that helps you get work done during the day? Leave your tips in the comments!