When you work from home, time is essentially your own; which means that it’s very easy to fall into the trap of always working, or if you have kids, to not work at all

Working from home has its perks; flexible working hours, zero traffic…

Am I still in my PJs? No one would ever know!

But it’s not all sunshine and roses, especially if you have a pint-sized boss (read: toddler) calling the shots.

Kids can wreak havoc on your productivity – and the constant “mommy look here!”, “mom, I’m hungry”, “mommmyyy, he’s pulling my hair” is enough to derail the most well-intended work schedule. And before you know it, later turns into tonight, turns into tomorrow, turns into a missed deadline.

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That’s not to say it can’t be done – because it can (and more and more families are choosing this as an option!).

Here are five ways to stay productive when you’re a work-from-home mom:

1. Time management is key!

When you work from home, time is essentially your own; which means that it’s very easy to fall into the trap of always working, or if you have kids, to not work at all.

Setting firm working hours is key! And if that means that you work in chunks; before your kids wake up in the morning, while they take their afternoon nap or after they go to sleep at night – then those are your “designated” working hours.

Suss out what works for you and your kids, and stick to it.

2. Set up a “space” that’s YOUR space

You need to set out a “quiet” (if that’s even possible with kids) space that is YOUR space; a space that your kids will know as “mommy’s work”.

Your space should be clear of clutter and distractions and inspire you to put your best foot forward.

3. Work means work

Most moms can agree that there are just not enough hours in nap time to get everything done. Do you eat, drink a hot cup of coffee, catch up on all your Whatsapp messages or scroll through Instagram when your toddler finally falls asleep? The possibilities are endless…

But, if you’ve designated nap time to catch up on e-mails, then you need to be firm with yourself about doing just that. And only that. Make yourself a cup of coffee by all means, but put your phone down and get grafting!

Before you know it, your toddler will be awake!

4. Change up the scenery

Some days you’ll hit it out the park; meeting your work deliverables whilst simultaneously stimulating your toddler! Other days, you’ll get it wrong and you won’t know how to get it all done.

On the “hard” days, don’t be afraid to change up the scenery; head outside and smash some e-mails while your toddler plays in the garden, or pop your toddler in his trike and take a stroll while you catch up on business calls.

5. Get dressed!

Even if you wear leggings, get up and get “ready” for the day. While working in PJs is what most of us dream of, being too cozy can lead to laziness and rob you of the motivation required to power through your work-day.