Snowvival of the Fittest: 5 Tips for Conquering Snow Days as a Work-At-Home Mom

Snowvival of the Fittest: 5 Tips for Conquering Snow Days as a Work-At-Home Mom

You hate to see it.

The local news is telling everyone to prepare for Snowmageddon. The grocery stores are filled with doomsday preppers snatching bread, milk, and eggs off the shelves as though they’re about to cook their last meals.

And there you are; the warrior work-at-home mama, mentally preparing yourself for the inevitable.

A snow day!

As a child you lived for snow days and the chance to sleep in instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to catch the school bus. As a parent—a work at home parent—you feel like your own version of a doomsday prepper. 

The kids are going to be home … during the day … at a time you’re supposed to be working in peace! They’re going to eat a week’s worth of food in one day. They’re going to fight. Man, are they going to fight! Every light in the house is going to be left on and, depending on their ages, they’re probably going to want to run outside to play in the snow just to come back in 10 minutes later and drop their wet boots on your nice clean dry carpet or freshly mopped kitchen floor (and Heaven help you if you’re the owner of a dog that likes to run after the kids. Heaven help you!). 

But, fret not, my fellow WAHM! In solidarity and reverence for the institute of motherhood, I bring you survival tips to get you through the day unscathed (NOTE: These tips do not include day drinking, but if you do, I won’t judge).

Work-At-Home Mom ‘Snowvival’ Tips

  • Give Your Clients/Customers a Heads-Up
    Depending on your children’s ages, their being home during the day may disrupt your routine a bit. If you have clients/customers waiting on updates or completed projects, send out a quick mass email letting them know that, due to the weather, Mom Duty calls and there may be a delay in getting their projects completed that day. Let them know that you haven’t forgotten about them and that their needs are important to you and don’t forget to include a realistic time frame by which they can expect another update or their project completed.
  • Don’t Sleep In
    You may be tempted to sleep in along with the kids, but don’t. This is probably going to be a long day. So, go ahead and get up before the kids. Check your list of to-dos. Have a cup of coffee or a delicious smoothie. Whatever you do, just enjoy the peace and quiet before the shenanigans commence. 
  • Make Time for the Kids
    Remember that they’re why you do what you do. Make their favorite breakfast and eat it with them. Use the time to explain that, even though they’re out of school for the day, you will still have to work. Consider making a deal with them. If they can give you a certain amount of uninterrupted hours, you’ll close for business early and spend the rest of the day with them. This will remind them that they matter to you and teach them how to prioritize their own responsibilities.
  • Be Grateful
    Snow days aren’t convenient. But, even though you might be frustrated, find reasons to be grateful. Think of the example that you’re setting for your children and be glad that they get to see you in action for a change. Write your reasons to be grateful in a gratitude journal or on your workspace whiteboard. Refer to them periodically should the day take a turn and you become frazzled and frustrated.
  • Remember You’ve Got This
    You’re a badass warrior. You’ve made a whole person in your lady parts! You have been pooped on, peed on, puked on, drooled on. You’re the judge and the jury. You’re the goddess problem solver who always seems to have the solution to their dilemma. You do all of that and then some and still have the moxie to run a business. What’s a little snow day to you?
  • You’ve got this, Mama!
Tickle the Task Monster: 5 Tips for Conquering Your To-Do List

Tickle the Task Monster: 5 Tips for Conquering Your To-Do List

When my siblings and I were kids, my mother was notorious for what I like to call “Tickle Torture.” A devious look would shadow her pretty face. She would raise her hands above her head and mimic the movements of a spider with her fingers. 

This was always our cue to run! But, she was quick. 

Mom would catch and subdue us with ease and her infamous tickle torturing would commence. This woman, who gave us life, would completely disarm us and we’d have no choice but to endure the “attack” in a fit of giggles and writhing.

Now, you might be wondering, “What does this have to do with getting things done?”

I’m glad you asked.

See, looking back on all the times my mother nearly tickled me to death (I’m definitely probably kidding about this … maybe), I remember being pretty compliant afterward. 

If she wanted me to clean my room, I was on it. Clear out those dishes in the kitchen sink? You’ve got it, lady! One time she even got me to take a nap. My mother literally tickled me to sleep!

Whenever we were being little monsters, Mom would tame us with tickle torture and it worked like a charm (I now employ this tactic with her grandchildren—Thanks, Mom!).

As I thought about how to start this post off, I recalled those times my mother would throw her hands up in the air, wiggle her fingers, and make us beg her not to tickle us into submission and I thought, “how do you tickle the task monster into submission?” (SIDE NOTE: We enjoyed the Tickle Torture and no children were harmed in the creation of material for this post. So, please don’t send our favorite girl any hate mail. We’re pretty protective of her and we wouldn’t take kindly to it at all). 

Who—or what—is the task monster?

The task monster is your never ending, stress and anxiety inducing to-do list. And, as a work-from-home mompreneur who always has a crap ton of things to do, I’m here to help you conquer that pesky list once and for all with these helpful tips on getting things done.

Do a Brain Dump

There’s a space on my work space whiteboard specifically for “brain dumps.” Whenever I have an idea that I don’t have time to explore, I scribble it in the brain dump area of my whiteboard so that I won’t forget it and can come back to it later.When I sit down to plan the week or month, I refer back to the items on my brain dump list and add them to my list accordingly.

Start here to begin conquering your own task monster.

Set aside 30-45 minutes to do a brain dump of everything that you feel you need to get done. Include tasks for your personal and professional life and don’t worry too much about being organized here. The objective is to get the thoughts out of your head and onto paper.

Identify the ASAPs, Short, and Long-Term Tasks

Now that you’ve written it all down, it’s time to prioritize each item. Identify the tasks that need to get done ASAP. Put these at the top of your list. Then, list the items that can be done within a few weeks to a month. Lastly, list the tasks that can  be done within a few months to a year.

Identify the Non-Essentials/Mental Clutter

If you’re like me, you might find that some of the items on your list really aren’t that crucial and may even be more distractions than anything. Free yourself from the mental clutter and completely cross items like this off your list.

Round Up the Strays

You may have trouble prioritizing some items. Create a new brain dump list to come back to at a later date. I would suggest revisiting the list after you’ve completed all of the items on your ASAP list to prevent unnecessary distraction.

Plug & Play

Now it’s time to plug these items into your planners and calendars and EXECUTE … EXECUTE … EXECUTE!

THE KEY TAKEAWAY

An unkempt to-do list causes stress and anxiety that you simply don’t have time to wrestle with. So, face the task monster head and put it in its place. Practice this as a daily habit and tickle that task monster into submission for good.