It’s no small task being Maxwell’s main provider during the day along with running a handmade shop online. It’s taken me a handful of weeks to really figure out the best way to do this — and many of you have asked me, “How do I juggle working with being a stay-at-home-mom?” My best answer? Naps. And napping often. Babies know they need a lot of sleep and when you have one at home I think the same applies to us mamas as well. When I am well-rested I feel like I can accomplish anything.
All “difficult” work roadblocks suddenly seem obtainable. I’m able to grocery shop, do a couple loads of laundry [in a room not inside our personal apartment], walk Bauer, plan dinner and still find some time to work on Gussy Sews. But it’s all only because I take a afternoon nap. Now, this work doesn’t always occur during daytime hours. Most of the time I work late at night once Max has been put down for the night. Oftentimes Zack cleans up dinner and does bedtime with Max. Those nights I get started on work early. But sometimes I put Max to bed. Either way we have kinda this unspoken rule that if Max fusses once he’s been put to bed Zack will check in on him while I get started on my work.
I used to think working at night meant I was making less progress with my business. But then I remembered it’s simply not possible to add something new without subtracting something else — especially because my schedule was already at 100% prior to Maxwell being born. Once he was born my priorities shifted, along with when these priorities could be addressed. Of course it took a good afternoon nap for me to realize these things ;)
I don’t work at night every night, Zack + I like to reserve a couple nights each week to spend time together. And weekends are typically “work free”. But just like I realized I can’t do more than 100%, we know this schedule isn’t always going to be like this. One day Max will be older and will need less of me during the day.
So mamas, are you wondering how I get so much done? And are you wondering how you too can work from home on your handmade business along with being a stay-at-home-mommy? Two things: naps, and working at night. Neither will last forever and honestly, I enjoy a good nap.