10 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated As A Work-From-Home Mom

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Being a work-from-home mom is wonderful in its own way. You get to enjoy the freedom of working from home. And you get to enjoy more time with your children. And you often have the flexibility to make your own schedule. But there are times when trying to stay motivated as a work-from-home mom is tough. There may be times you rather throw your hands in the air out of frustration. Then, walk away from balancing business and family.

If you’re here reading this, then you don’t want to give up. You want to find a way to make this work-from-home mom life work for you.

I get it. It’s tough.

I started my journey as a mom entrepreneur during the pandemic – while finishing college. It was rough. And I wanted to give up during my first year.

But what example would that have set for my child if I gave up?

“When the going gets tough. The tough get going.”

It’s an old saying. But I need to remind myself that I am a woman. I’m not a delicate, helpless flower. I’m a phoenix who is reborn from my ashes every time I have a burnout (or get close to one). Not healthy, I know. But the point is that I am strong.

So, here are some ways I stay motivated as a work-from-home mom.

1 – Reconnect with your WHY

Why did you start?

What’s your purpose?

What do you want to accomplish?

Your WHY holds a lot of weight. Knowing and reconnecting with it helps you stay motivated. Your WHY is the reason you carve out time in your day to do what you do. It’s the reason you show up. And it’s the reason you keep going – even when you are tired.

It’s also okay if your WHY evolves over time. 

My WHY started as simply wanting to stay home with my child while bringing in some extra income. I had a part-time job that I enjoyed before getting pregnant. But it wasn’t enough to cover the expenses of daycare. Daycare was (and still is at the time of writing this) unaffordable for my family. 

Since deciding to be a work-from-home mom, my why evolved. I want to help other women tell their stories while being a boss mom.

It’s helpful to create a vision board and make it the backdrop on my computer. I also keep a picture of my family on my phone lock screen to help me reconnect with my WHY every time I look at my phone.

2 – Set Achievable Goals

You need to set goals if you want to be a successful work-from-home mom (or dad). Setting random goals that don’t align with you, however, can spiral you into burnout and failure. Trust me, I know.

When working from home, you need to set specific goals for yourself that are within reach. Setting goals without achievable steps or plans is basically dreaming. Not that there’s anything wrong with dreaming. But, what can you do to achieve those dreams without making them backfire?

I have found that establishing S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals have helped me stay on track. They keep me motivated as a work-from-home mom. You may have heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, but S.M.A.R.T. isn’t enough. You need the E.S.T. If you aren’t sure what S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. goals are, the acronym stands for…

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound
  • Education
  • Significant
  • Toward

Specific is to state the exact goal. 

Measurable means to clarify how you will make progress and track it.

Attainable is how you will achieve what should be within reach yet is still challenging.

Relevant means that your goal should be related to your overall plan.

Time-bound means setting a time frame for when you’d like to complete the goal.

Educational relates to what you will learn working towards your goal.

Significant is basically why you care about the goal.

Toward relates to what you want to approach or avoid.

If you need an example, here is one of my goals broken down into S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. goals.

S – Become a successful, certified copywriter.

M – Set aside 5 to 7 hours per week to practice, listen to training videos, and check in with accountability partners.

A – Become a better copywriter. Write with empathy and psychology. Be a better researcher and write in my clients’ brand voice.

R – Knowing that AI tools are on the rise… incorporate them into my process while keeping human connection and empathy. The goal is to help my clients more effectively.

T – Complete the certification by the end of Q2. Continue to learn and practice by connecting with accountability partners and copywriting friends.

E – Learn how to improve writing skills and be more effective in business. 

S – Improve client experience and help them get the right words that pay.

T – I want to ensure I help my clients succeed and grow their businesses. I do not want to be a copywriter who puts out subpar work that does not give my clients an ROI.

3 – Accomplish at least one small goal per day

Every day is different. There are days you will get to check 10+ things off your to-do list. There are days you will barely get to check off one.

Make it a goal and a habit to accomplish at least one small goal per day.

This goal should help you get one step closer to something.

I have a personal goal to ensure my kitchen is cleaned up every night. And I have business goals to accomplish an hour of client work, learning, or marketing every day.

Do I do both every day? Heck no!

I’m lucky if I remember to eat most days. Being a work-from-home mom is tough.

Let me rephrase. 

Working from home is easy. Keeping a house clean is simple enough. Focusing on raising a tiny human is not that hard when it’s the only thing you have to do. And this is assuming you are in peak emotional, mental, and physical health. Doing all of these things daily is challenging.

This brings me to my next point…

4 – Take care of yourself

You cannot be the best version of yourself without taking care of yourself!

This is blasphemous for several moms. Work-from-home or stay-at-home alike. Believe me, I still struggle with this. I’m a self-care advocate, and I still struggle to take care of myself.

But it is still important.

After having an epic burnout that left me literally motionless on my closet floor for hours… I had to change something. I had to take care of myself. I’m a work-a-holic. 

If you’d like some ideas on how to manage your self-care, visit this blog post I wrote on everydayshemoms.com. I discussed topics like “why do I struggle to put myself first,” how to make self-care a priority, and ways you can put yourself first.

5 – Get dressed for work

As silly as it seems, getting dressed to work from home puts you in the right mindset. Even adapting the outfit mullet – business on top, leisure on the bottom – helps. 

Personally, I dress in my mom uniform. Leggings and athleisure wear. If you don’t know what athleisure wear is, it’s basically comfortable athletic clothes you may or may not work out in. I have some adorable yet professional-looking yoga tops I use on days I have video calls. 

It’s simple, but it keeps me motivated as a work-from-home mom.

6 – Minimize distractions

Okay, I know this one seems laughable. But hear me out. As a work-from-home mom, you need to set optimal times when you can do deep work without being distracted. 

If you can power through an hour of deep focus work while your toddler naps, great! Have an office space (or closet) you can lock yourself in for a moment? Wonderful! Can you get help from your partner, family member, friend, or neighbor? Amazing!

If you work best before the sun comes up, do it. If you are a night owl (like myself), own it. 

Figure out your red times (more distracting) and green times (least distracting). When you find out how much green time you have, you will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

And if you are telling me that you have little to no time for green times, then you need to reevaluate your schedule. This is tough love, but you can do better. Go and reread the first reason above.

If you are here reading this, then you have the will. You can find a way.

7 – Learn your strengths and weaknesses.

At 9 to 5, you know the 3 o’clock slump comes like clockwork. You can usually remedy this with a cup of coffee or a stretch.

When you work from home, this may be different.

As cliche as this sounds, journal your work days and productivity levels. When you do this, you will be able to see what days and hours you are better at doing what.

For instance, I do not take new client calls on Mondays and second-Monday… I mean Tuesday. These are not optimal for me. I find these days are better for doing other important tasks.

8 – Unplug

This is hard to do when you work from home, especially if you are a business owner. I find it extremely hard to shut my brain down because there are always a bazillion and one things to do.

Unplugging from my devices helps me to reset my creative flow and productivity. 

You need to set up time away from your work-from-home space. Go outside. Get some sunlight and vitamin D.

Binge-watching some Netflix or YouTube is okay. But be sure to take time away from screens.

9 – Practice gratitude

Take a few minutes to practice daily gratitude. It helps you reconnect with your why and stay motivated.

I downloaded an app that reminds me to write a sentence or two about what I’m grateful for that day. And I found that it really helps me stay motivated. 

Of course, there are days that are harder. But if every day was perfect, life would be boring.

10 – Give yourself grace

It’s impossible to be super mom AND super business woman 24/7. There will be great days. And there will be ‘cry in a corner and hide with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s’ days. 

Remember that tomorrow is another day. Give yourself a chance to try again. We all grow when we learn from our mistakes. It is when you give up that you fail. 

Honorable mentions

  • Create a morning routine
  • Stick to a schedule
  • Learn to be an organized work-from-home mom
  • Continue to challenge yourself for personal growth
  • Listen to podcasts (one of my favorites)
  • Reward yourself

Remember…

The fact that you are showing up every day means you are already a boss. In fact, you are more than a boss mom. You are a Queen Boss Mom. 

It’s okay if your crown gets crooked once in a while. It’s okay if you need to take it off once in a while to relax your neck.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to take a break to stay motivated as a work-from-home mom.

You got this.

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