Want to work from home? 6 ways to do it + stay sane

You had always planned to go back to work after having a baby, but now that they are here, it’s not quite such an easy decision. Whether it’s a case of needing to go back to work to earn money, or you want to, once the baby has arrived, it can throw a real curve ball into the mix.

That’s why working at home seems like a good option for many of new moms. Whether we’ve been able to negotiate a working at home arrange with the boss after the end of maternity leave, or decided to be our own boss. If working at home sounds a good option, then you’ll be among the 21% of working adults doing some or all of their job at home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But to make working at home work for you, you need to find the right balance between your work and parenthood.

1. Be realistic

There are some huge advantages to working at home and it’s not just about being able to spend as much time as possible with the baby. But if you have an idyllic image of tapping away on your laptop and making client calls while your baby coos in the corner, or plays by themselves, it’s important that you realize the reality can be quite different. Your children won’t understand the importance of making that next call, or care about your deadlines.

But there are a few things we can do to make working at home a little easier, while also enjoying time with the new baby.

2. Make the most of naptime

It's a part of the day when you can expect to focus on your work without any interruptions. However long your child sleeps for, you can use this time to work on things with your complete concentration.

3. Keeping the kids entertained

Set aside some cool toys that your child can only play with when you are working. And if space allows, try to set up an activity corner in your office, or work area, so the kids can have their very own place to play and do projects while you work.

4. Consider childcare

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of working at home is that you are near your child. But there might be times when you need an extra pair of hands to help out. You might be coming up to a deadline, or need to make some important client calls. So, if possible, look into having some childcare help. Even if it's just a few hours with Grandma each week. Or think about joining up with other working moms to hire one babysitter to watch all the children together.

5. Interruptions are inevitable

Young children can have amazing timing and choose the time that you are on your important client call to decide they are hungry or want to watch their favorite cartoon. So, when it happens, press mute when you need to during important calls, to block out your background noise or reschedule if it’s possible.

6. But don't forget to switch off

It's important that you are able to find the balance between work and your home life. When you've finished work for the day, put your laptop away and focus on just being a mom. To juggle both your jobs successfully—mom and work— you also need to have a line between the two.

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Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.

This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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