What I didn't know that I needed to work from home during quarantine has nothing to do with toilet paper or paper towels.
I secured the toilet paper.
I made a two-week menu with a matching grocery list.
I got the kids logged in to all of their online school programs.
I set up a system to give the kids their work for a day and a schedule for them to stay on task.
But for whatever reason, I still found myself with a long To-Do List with little completed on it.
My family moved to a new city, 3 hours away, right before the whole Coronavirus situation became super serious and our county issued a stay at home order for all non-essential workers. There is a lot that comes with moving...especially moving in the middle of the school year. Before the stay at home order was in place I was rejoicing in the fact that I finally got the kids registered in school. Finally got their teacher assignments and their first day of school start date.
Then we got the text...the one stating schools will be closed for a long while.
At this point, the kids had already been home with me for a week. During that time I reviewed school work with them, made sure they read, but nothing too strenuous. With talk about schools being shut down for months, it seemed as if they would need to really begin working, working from home. That following Monday, it all began. I came up with a routine for them based on the resources the school gave us even though they said it wasn’t mandatory yet. I was feeling good emailing the kids their work assignments every day. I reached out to all the teachers whom I only met once by the way…..Requested access to all of their programs, figured out their log in ids, created a spreadsheet, honey I did all the things.
At this point, I have been taking on the role as a stay at home mom for about 2 weeks. I was getting the house settled in the new place, navigating my family and the coronavirus, but I found myself STILL not having time to work on my business and get things done at home that I wanted to get done.
Then it hit me one day.
The ONE thing that I needed during quarantine that I didn't know I needed...and no it wasn’t more toilet paper or the paper towels...
Was a schedule.
With all three kids home and my husband home all the time there was always stuff to be done. Oh did I mention that we are still unpacking….oh and the dryer quit working for a little while too.
I always thought that when I got another chance to be a stay at home mom that I would for sure be growing my business, but truth be told with my obligations to be all of the things I just couldn’t see where there was time to work on the business.
And that’s where my schedule comes in.
Now I am not totally back to waking up at 4:30 am like I was when I worked my office job just a few weeks ago, but I did decide that I needed that structure and schedule that I put in place to make sure I got my work down and other things that were important to me. I am also accepting that my schedule is not perfect and that it will probably change a more as life continues to change.
6:45 am Wakeup
7:00 am-7:15 am Prayer call with mom friends