Schedules are Life :: Working from Home With Little Ones

There aren’t enough days in the week, weeks in a year, minutes in an hour, hours in a day …. yaddayaddayadda. There’s always something, isn’t it? 

Where do I get the time to do all the things I do is the big question I get when people find out I’m a work at home mom with multiple businesses. Honestly, I organize my life like a boss.

Lists for days y’all. 

Some days I wish my daughter was in school so I would have plenty of time to do all my work without her here. But she isn’t yet so it’s something I’ve learned to work with. 

So how do I fit it all in? Well, I have a “loose” schedule, I work as focused as I can, I work through naps, I take care of some me time everyday, and I give myself A LOT of grace. 

In the morning, while were laying in bed just waking up (also known as watching TV at 4:30 am), I check my emails and make a to do list for the day. 

From there, we’re up and into breakfast. After that, I tidy up the house and head to the gym for an hour of sanity. Back home to work while she plays with one of her grandmas until lunch. 

After lunch is nap. Nap time is my most productive time. I would LOVE with everything in me to just lay down and sleep, but successful business women don’t do that. I could use nap time for laundry or dishes, but I use it for work. I also put my phone on silent and don’t open social media during this time. Laser focus helps me get all the things done before she wakes up. 

We spend the rest of the afternoon doing chores and playing. Maybe running errands if we need too. Next thing you know, it’s dinner and bedtime for the baby, and my crazy day is finally coming to an end. 

I’m seriously tired just typing that out.

Organization is the key I’m telling you. I know that these few years I get with her before she goes to school is worth all of this. I love that if I’m ahead of schedule, I can take a break. If she’s having a bad day, I can cuddle her and work. If  something crazy comes up and I have to, I can rearrange and move work to other days. Schedules, but flexible ones, are my friend. 

Other than coffee and extra hands, do you have any tips or tricks for working at home with little ones? 


Carlie is a divorced mom of five. She moved to Lafayette 22 years ago from a small town in-between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She has four young adult children from her first marriage that ended after 19 years, Christopher, Cara, Clay and Cade. She has a one year old daughter, Poppy Mae with her significant other, Joey. She is a work-at-home mother who is a freelance writer and photographer/owner of Carlie Anne Collective. Organized chaos and tons of lists are her style. Carlie loves to workout, travel, visit with her friends, bike with Poppy Mae in their neighborhood, attend outdoor concerts, eat out at local restaurants, walk aimlessly through stores looking for good deals and swing in her hammock while chatting about her BST addiction with her online friends. She keeps an active Instagram account as a photo journal of her days.


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