Tired of all that productivity advice that just doesn’t work unless you have an army of assistants and household helpers? Well, here’s a realistic schedule for working moms who happen to be freelancers.
- Wake up and try to recreate that morning routine you found in Pinterest.
- Get kid to daycare.
- Overdose on your favorite caffeinated beverage, hoping that it will put you into the flow state.
- Actually work for an hour or two before getting distracted.
- Try to cope with the side effects of the abovementioned beverage.
- Cook a meal that’s hopefully edible.
- Pick kid up from daycare. He has caught his umpteenth cold this season and will have to stay home for the rest of the week.
- Panic quietly.
- Try to have a Skype meeting with a new client, only to have it interrupted by a tantrum over a lost Lego piece.
- Spend the rest of the morning looking for said Lego piece.
- Realize that you have a deadline today.
- Work frantically for three hours, ignoring further tantrums.
- Order a pizza and listen to Dear Husband complain about the absence of a home-cooked dinner.
- Vow to spend the day on marketing your epic services.
- Update your website and start researching keywords for your next blog post.
- The offspring has a diaper blowout that instantly kills your inspiration.
- Send some cold emails to prospective clients.
- Read a random blog where someone claims they made $2000 in a week by sending out 5 cold emails.
- Stare at your junk-filled inbox.
- Sigh deeply and try to work on the project that’s due tomorrow.
- Look for productivity inspo online. Spend two hours crafting your perfectly timeboxed schedule.
- Trip over a toy and try to get your kid hooked on Marie Kondo.
- Spend the rest of the morning organizing the pantry even though your schedule tells you to work on a new lead magnet.
- Get some work done while the offspring is napping.
- Have a meltdown.
See Monday, but this time your spouse is responsible for childcare duties.
Eat pizza and watch Netflix.