I was recently asked how to balance home life with homeschooling and being self-employed. I still have not got the perfect balance but over the last 8 years I have discovered a few simple tricks that really help.
Getting up very early and working while the house is quiet.
This is harder for me in the darker, colder months but I always regret it when I don't turf myself out of bed, and I am always very glad when I do. Sometimes it makes the difference to an enjoyable day where I feel like the captain of my ship, to having a day where I feel overwhelmed and cranky. I seem to get so much more done during those early hours, more than I can at any other time of the day. I feel fresh and my thinking is crystal clear.
I aim to write everything down so I am not wasting energy trying to remember everything.
I get my children to help with house work (their future partners will love me for this!) and I have a cleaning plan in place. I do a little every day so I don't have to deal with a big once a week clean (that would never happen).
We go places, twice a week where the children can go off and play safely and I can HE plan and/or work.
Other little things that help
Being organised and focused.
If I am organised and focused it works. I have a daily plan, weekly, monthly and even yearly. I sit down once a month to pad out the following month, order supplies and library books etc. Every Sunday I plan the following week and every night I plan for the following day. One thing that helps greatly is postulating that my day will go well, if I do this, it usually does.
Being able to laugh in times of pressure rather than getting bogged down.
Getting enough sleep helps immensely, it's all easier then, it all flows better.
Taking time in the morning to meditate, get grounded and focused, even doing it for 5 minutes, ensures my whole day is better, stuff gets done.
My hair and house are messier than I would like (lol) but hey, I am content and so are my children.