Sometimes, even though we’d love to say our job is ‘being a Mom’ it’s not always possible, some of us simply have to go back to work. Now, some of us are lucky enough to combine work with looking after the kids (some say lucky, some say crazy) but just how do you make working from home really work for you when you still have to look after the kids? Check out our top tips to help keep your sanity.
- Get up early or stay up late!
And we mean really early. This tip isn’t always the most popular one but as with working late, it’s much easier to get things done when the kids are asleep. If you prefer the working late option make sure you say goodnight to the kids and get straight to it – don’t be distracted by the TV!
- Make a To Do List
Never underestimate the power of a ‘to do’ list – if you do end up being dragged away from your work a ‘to do’ list will help you to get keep on track when you get back to it.
- Act like you are in an office
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can take a break every 5 minutes – stick to a schedule that includes a lunch break. This also works for office wear, if you drop onto the sofa wearing your pajamas it’s highly unlikely that any work is going to be done. Cue a day in front of the TV.
- Take a time out
Don’t completely ignore the kids as that’ll leave them constantly vying for your attention, leaving you unable to get any work done! Schedule in fun breaks that’ll give you a rest and stop the kids from getting bored.
- Send the kids to Grandma
Your parents and your partner’s parents can prove invaluable in times of need – if you have a stack of work to do and the kids are bored, ask for a little help. Let them enjoy a day with their grandparents whilst you get your work done.
- Don’t be afraid to let them play alone
As long as you’re around to keep an eye on them, let them play on their own for a while. Sit them on the sofa and pop their favorite DVD on, instant silence!
This guest post was written by Kathryn Thompson, on behalf of a Jobs Today, a UK company that specialize in finding jobs in Northampton.