Guest Post By: Sheila Johnson
In this post-COVID-19 world, more people are working from home than ever before. Since this arrangement has been working for most businesses, it appears that this remote arrangement is here to stay. However, for some of us, it is easier said than done, especially if we have children or toddlers at home. Here at The Antsy Butterfly, we are dedicated to helping mothers navigate a sometimes complicated life, so we have some tips for how to combine work with parenting for ultimate success.
Be Smart About Scheduling
Without proper organization, working from home with a family can be chaos. If you don’t make a schedule, you will be constantly battling with your children while you try to complete the important work that puts a roof over your head. You should save your most important work or the duties that require your concentration, like important Zoom meetings, for when your kids are taking their naps.
If your important duties extend for more than an hour or you have a week of conferences or something of that sort, then you may want to acquire the services of a babysitter who can watch your child during the week. You can find babysitters on websites like Care and Babysits. Just make sure to spend quality time with your babies once the workday is over so you can fit in the bonding time that your child deserves.
Remember that you can also rely on your support system of family and friends if you cannot afford a babysitter. You shouldn’t use them as a crutch, but if you are in a jam, they will be happy to help and you can return the favor at a later time.
Working from home can be a double-edged sword because while you are happy to be with your kids every day, they can also be a distraction from your work. While you want to have your children close, having their beds set up in your room is a recipe for trouble. Instead, keep their crib in a separate room where they can sleep and sometimes play when necessary.
Even if they are in a different room, you can always keep an eye on them by investing in a high-quality baby monitor. This technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the years and there are many great models that have all the bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi capabilities and the ability to speak to your kids through the monitor.
Take Time for Yourself
No matter who you are, juggling remote work and family can become stressful over time, so you need to make sure you take time for yourself. When you get some free time, spend it doing things you enjoy, like watching your favorite TV show or going for a walk. Activities like yoga and meditation will put your mind at ease and if you do these regularly, you will feel less stressed.
If you find that you are working long hours day after day, then you may need to offload some of your easier or more repetitive tasks to a freelancer or a virtual assistant. If you are exceptionally busy, a virtual assistant can make simple phone calls, schedule appointments, respond to emails, and do other busywork. When you go this route, you can get more work done and you can ensure that you have time available to spend with your kids.
New parents can make their lives easier by following the tips described above. Just remember that while work is important, spending time with your family is a priority, so create a fair balance between the two. If you are a new parent looking for great tips to maintain your sanity, contact The Antsy Butterfly at email@example.com.
About Sheila: Sheila Johnson left the corporate world and long hours behind to start her own business – she’s looking, feeling, and working better than she has in years! She created WellSheila.net as a place to not only share her story, but inspire others to put their physical and mental health first with a regular wellness routine and daily self-care.