Mompreneuring from home is a great way to boost your family’s income and still cover mom
duties. But without a proper schedule or system, getting everything done can be a real struggle.
That’s especially true now that kids are doing virtual schooling!
I remember going cray cray whenever my son’s class had an activity or a lesson. I always got
frustrated because I couldn’t seem to have him sit and listen properly! Then I realized that
maybe I just have too high expectations over this virtual learning style. Maybe we are all in the
same boat — our kids included — barely adjusting to this whole new style.
That’s when I decided to just let it go. And I learned to be grateful that “at least” he has
something productive to do during the day. I learned to learn along with my son. We may be
struggling, but as long as we are learning together and not expecting too much, we’ll be fine.
Meanwhile, I’m doing my best to be a productive mompreneur and homeschooling parent by
using these personally tested techniques. I think you’ll find them useful too!
1. Level your expectations.
Virtual schooling will always be challenging, not only for you but for your little one. Less
expectation, less frustration.
2. Use a planner.
A planner can help you manage your time effectively by estimating how much you can get done
and how long each task will take. Using your planner, you can also review how you managed
your past tasks and identify which strategies you used were particularly effective for you in
getting your tasks done.
3. Prepare every Sunday.
Sundays are a great day for reflection and evaluation. You can think about what happened in
the previous week: what went well, what didn’t go well, what you can learn from them, and if
(and how) you should do things differently in the week ahead.
Then plan! Review your calendar for the week. Plan out your meals. Make a list of your priorities
(this is where the planner in #2 comes in). Preparing on Sundays helps you free up head space
and reduce stress when the usual chaos of Monday comes along.
4. Ask for the lessons ahead of time.
If allowed, ask the teacher for the syllabus and the lessons for the week. This way you can talk
to your child and get him prepared too.
5. Prepare the environment.
When the school week gets going, help your little one get in the mood for school by getting
everything ready for the day! Papers, materials, whiteboard, notebooks, books, etc. — have
them all at hand and easily accessible.
6. Schedule your work hours during your child’s virtual schooling time.
This way, you can avoid micromanaging your child’s activities and focus on your other goals for
7. Stop multitasking.
According to MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller, one of the world’s leading authorities on divided
attention, our brains are “not wired to multitask well… When people think they’re multitasking,
they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do,
there’s a cognitive cost.” (The Guardian)
Multitasking actually makes us less efficient and increases our body’s production of stress
hormones. There are times we can’t help but multitask — I do this when, for example, I am doing
a webinar on Facebook Live and my younger son needs to breastfeed — but we can at least
minimize it by eliminating distractions and establishing schedules for checking emails, checking
8. Group together similar tasks.
Block off a time for checking and writing emails so that you don’t have to keep on pausing what
you’re doing every time an email notification pops up. For things like Facebook and Instagram
posts that you’d like to stagger throughout the day, use a social media management tool that
lets you schedule posts in advance.
9. Outsource other tasks.
When it gets to the point that you just can’t do everything yourself, don’t be afraid to outsource.
Think of those things that require a lot of time and mental energy from you, but which other
people might be able to do more easily, and have them do it for you. It might cost a bit more but
think of it as investing in your own mental health and — because your stress levels will affect
those around you — investing in a more harmonious family life.
10. Take a deep breath and relax.
Sometimes things just aren’t going right! It can be frustrating but getting agitated all the time will
not help. Approach the situation in a calm and collected manner. Take it one step at a time.
You’ve gotten over similar crises before and you’ll get through this one too.
Many of these techniques have gotten me through years of mompreneuring. The strategies you
use may differ — and that is okay too! Whatever works for you. Just remember: you don’t have
to turn into a supermom overnight.
One day at a time. We’ll get through this!