The coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in many parents working from home. Many companies have adopted work-from-home policies in the bid to prevent the spread of the novel virus. While working from home is an effective way to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it comes with unique challenges. Striking a balance between work and parenting can be a serious challenge, especially for parents with young children. If you’re struggling to balance work and parenting as a mom or dad working from home, you’re at the right place. In this article, we’ll share practical tips on how to strike a balance between work and parenting when working from home.
- Avoid distractions and time wasters
It’s easy to get distracted when working from home. You have to set time limits when making calls or checking email. Avoid things like TV watching, non-work related internet surfing, chatting with friends, and any activities that will affect your productivity. Try to avoid multitasking and focus on tasks at hand and attend to children during breaks. By limiting distractions and time wasters, you’ll complete the tasks at hand quickly, and you’ll have enough time to spend with your kids.
- Make the mornings easier by getting organized the night before
Having too much to accomplish in the morning can be exhausting before you even start working. To avoid starting your morning on a frazzled note, you should decide what the kids will have for breakfast and lunch, lay out their clothes, and bathe them the night before. Divide the next day’s tasks and determine which parent handles specific household tasks.
- Set a schedule for the kids
Caring for children when working from home is a lot easier when you set a schedule for them. Have a bedtime, naptime, and playtime routine for them and stick to the schedule consistently. This will ensure they are occupied with something to do and do not disturb you when you’re working. You, as well, can fit yourself into their schedule. Having dedicated times to play and interact with your child and dedicated times to work can help you feel more organized and regimented also.
- Plan ahead and stay organized using lists and calendars
The mental load of parents working from home can be overwhelming. Everything from managing work to shopping for groceries to watching over kids can easily cause stress levels to spiral out of control. It’s a good idea to use apps, planners, and other resources to keep track of your to-do list.
- Say NO more often
The easiest way to get overwhelmed when working from home is saying yes to more work from your boss and every single invitation to parties and extracurricular activities. You don’t have to accept extra work or say yes to requests that cause you more anxiety. Determine how much your schedule can handle and say no to the rest. Overworking brings about stress and leaves no time for parenting.
With these simple tips, it’s absolutely possible to work from home successfully and have a fulfilling parenting life.