Covid-19 brought many new challenges for every individual. Yes! The restrictions due to the pandemic were to protect physical health. However, the changes and isolation in these times have taken a massive toll on people’s mental health, especially on working home mothers.
According to a survey by Motherly, 74% of U.S. mothers say that they feel mentally worse since the pandemic began. Why? Well, it is because balancing the demands of motherhood has always been difficult. With Covid-19 forcing mums to be a worker, parent, and a teacher all at once, has brought havoc to minor house chores as well.
Undoubtedly, it is tough for working mothers as they juggle work with their other responsibilities as a mum. But remember, YOU are NOT alone! Your struggle is the struggle of many other strong and independent working mothers out there. It is not impossible to work from home while caring for your little ones.
You may find it helpful to create a rough schedule and plan some fun indoor activities ahead of time so you have everything you need at hand. And keep in mind if you have a child under 36 months, there is a high probability that you will get the bulk of your work done in short bursts, so prioritise everything with this in mind.
To help you balance your responsibilities of working from home and looking after your little one, we have curated a few tips. Keep reading to find out more, and do not worry – YOU have GOT this!
Plan, plan, and plan!
Remember, planning out your day and week is the best solution for you if you are a working mom. So, schedule everything from wake-up time to what you want to achieve every day. That way you will know the most critical things to focus on in the face of distractions.
Take advantage of their naps
Well, trust us! If your little angel has a predictable sleep routine, then you are one lucky soul. And it’s because, during their naps, you can knock off a few important phone calls or focus intensely on a project. So, take maximum benefit from the time when they are snoozing. You can also work before they wake up or after they go to sleep, especially if your job allows this kind of flexibility.
Remember, sharing the load is quite important
It’s important to share your load with your partner. So, try taking turns with one of you feeding or playing with your kid while the other one works accordingly. The shift schedule will help both of you to get things done while your little ones are also tended properly.
Try to do maximum multitasking
You’ll be amazed to see the superpowers of a mother when it comes to multitasking. Like when you pump breast milk, you can use your free hands for your benefit. Also, if you are directly breastfeeding your little one, you can take phone calls or read reports as you do.
Dress up appropriately
Some people need the exact environment to cope with the situation properly. So, if you think dressing up professionally can help you or make you feel like you are “at work” during work hours, then change into more casual clothes in the evening. Sometimes, breaking up your day into two halves can get you into the mindset for both work and leisure.
Work when your kid is playing
You can get short bursts of work done while your little ones are concentrating on their playtime. However, remember! The kind of work you attempt during their playtime should be the one that can be interrupted and requires your least concentration because your children will likely try to interrupt you every other second.
Utilize the weekends
Use the weekends for your benefit like you can cook on Saturdays or Sundays. That way you’ll have lunches and snacks ready to go for the week ahead. You can also research and plan some indoor activities for your baby so you don’t have to waste your time in mid-week thinking.
Avoid other distractions:
Keep in mind that your hands are already full with your little one. So, try to avoid other distractions and “time-wasters” like social media and Netflix. And if you are someone who’s easily distracted then, use apps to block your access to social media during work hours. Another great idea is to schedule half an hour for chores every day. That way you won’t constantly get up and put things away.
Try to be flexible
You have to be realistic about how you work. So, think about how you use the hours you have at your disposal. Remember, you can’t do everything perfectly—no one can! Don’t beat yourself on it. Try to be flexible with your routine and schedule. You need to be efficient and productive, which you can do by trying your best.
Yes! It’s true! Working from home with kids is not an easy thing. However, trust us, people! It does become more manageable as time goes by. Keep in mind that it’s hard on kids as well because they want your ultimate attention when you are at home. So, when work hours are done, do all you can to give them plenty of love and attention.
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