Five tips to get through the day when you are working from home, and you have a toddler(s) running around your home office
These are my five tips to get through the day
Plan for the week and not for the day. One thing I have learned after having kids is that things don’t always go as planned. Some days my son is just clingy for the only reasons he knows, or he has a sleepless afternoon or I could be totally exhausted after a sleepless night. Prior to having kids, at the end of each day, I would cross off the things I finished that day and then move the unfinished tasks for the next day. This worked well because I had child-free days and I managed to get most of the things on my to-do list crossed off (most of the time). But this approach did not work for me after I had my children. At the end of the day when I looked at my to-do list, most of the tasks were still unfinished. This would leave me sad and a bit depressed. And then one day I decided that things would be better if I planned for the week and not the day. This way even if I have a couple of bad days, it’s okay because I will have a couple of good days in the week when I can finish the tasks. Of course, there are some activities (like clearing off my inbox) that have to be done daily.
Have child only time. Every day in the mornings I spend a few hours with my son. My son and I go out in the mornings to finish all our outdoor errands. This way while I finish my errands, my son enjoys his time out. When we come home, he is usually exhausted and hungry. I feed him, and then he has a nap for an hour or two. This is when I get into my business work. There are times when I have a deadline looming on the one hand and on the other he is getting bored and is a bit cranky. Though it’s tempting to attend to my deadline project first, I have learned that it’s better to put him first, spend time with him, get him a bit tired, and then when he is asleep I can start my work.
There is no better time than now. For household chores, don’t accumulate and do them all in one go. I find this takes up more time. As I am walking into a room if I find toys lying everywhere, I just spend a couple of minutes and get the toys into the toy box. If I have some spare time I might just chop the veggies and keep them ready for dinner so that when it’s time to cook dinner at least I have some ingredients chopped up.
Menu Planning saves time. I normally plan my weekly menu on the day that I go grocery shopping. I actually hate planning the menu one week in advance. But if I don’t do it every day it’s like what do I do for lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner? Planning in advance clears up a lot of your time.
Take care of yourself. If you are not well, nothing gets done and the whole house will be in chaos. It’s important that you take care of your health. I have vitamins every day. I try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Have at least one cup of coffee or tea before it turns cold.