The world is changing, and for many of us, it means balancing a life of work and working from home with a baby.
Now that we’re all in the midst of self-isolating, working from home has become as common as washing your hands.
Combining your office life with your home life is faced with its own challenges, but add kids to the mix and it’s a juggling game that can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed.
Babies are naturally very needy and caring for them takes up many hours of our working day.
Sometimes it can be hard to get the balance right, and this can create feelings of anxiety.
Let’s talk about the guilt that can come from this, specifically mom guilt when you’re working, and work guilt when you’re momming.
How can we manage this?
How do we know that we’re giving our best to two areas of our life?
Baby Schooling have put together a quick list of tips for any mommy or daddy who is working from home right now, to hopefully make things just that little bit easier.
1. Give Your Little One Your Undivided Attention in the Morning
Before you start your work, it’s important that you give your baby plenty of attention, affection, and love.
This starts the day off on the right foot, letting your little one know that you are always there and that you haven’t forgotten about them when you go off to do your work.
Set aside some no-phone time for cuddles, or if your child is slightly older, maybe you could have breakfast together and enjoy being in each other’s company.
2. Set Up A Clear Work Area
It’s important to set up your own office space so that you can differentiate between your home life and your working life.
If you don’t have a spare room for your office, make sure that you set up a desk, laptop and other work essentials in one area.
This allows you to get in the right frame of mind when you sit down at your desk to work, and ensures that you don’t go to bed at night still feeling like you’re at work.
3. Create a Schedule- and Stick to it
Obviously you can’t always control when your baby is going to cry, fuss, or require your attention, but creating a solid schedule for your working day is a great way to be productive and get things done.
Your child probably already has their own little schedule for when they eat, play, and nap, so bear that in mind when you’re planning your own.
When your little one is napping it could be a great time to get your most difficult task done, knowing that you can knuckle down with little risk of being distracted.
4. Adjust Your Schedule to Fit Best
Your schedule may not follow the typical 9-5 working day, because as we all know, kids have their own timetable.
One idea is to work in the evening when your child has gone to bed for the night, meaning that you will have a lot fewer distractions and none of the dreaded mom guilt.
Shuffling your routine around means that you can benefit from getting your work done and spending quality time with your little one.