Working from home with kids around you can be messy and chaotic. You get confused about whether to put up their puzzle blocks in their toy box or put your essential office documents in order. Kids can be the most attention-seeking creatures ever on this planet. Their need for 24/7 attention can hinder your work and make it a lot more hectic and stressful. As if your short-tempered boss was already not enough of stress in your life! We understand how difficult it has gotten for you. You are probably stuck between feeding your kids nutritional food, making them complete their homework, teaching them moral values and handling work pressure, constant rantings from your boss who loves scaring the shit out of you with her deadly warnings along with the stress of achieving great heights and success in your professional life as well.
The covid-19 pandemic has made even the most straightforward things difficult for all of us. During the start of the lockdown, we thought it was a blessing. Everyone craved work-from-home jobs and the relaxation you get when you attend your meetings in PJs instead of those tight pants which make you sweat so bad. However, after the initial stages passed, you realized that it is not a very good option because even though kids were being homeschooled, you had to check on them 24/7. You had to teach them how to adapt to such a stressful situation. As if you did not already have enough responsibilities. We are sure that you might have felt that things are going out of hand. Hence, here we are with a guide to help you master working from home while under quarantine with your naughty kids. This will help you understand and realize how you can say productive and complete all your responsibilities, and find leisure time for yourself. These tips are practically applicable and would help you do your tasks with accuracy and without stress. So let us dive right into the tips.
Create a schedule
You probably have many things to do on your to-do list, and it is the competition itself to accomplish them before the deadline. So, we would recommend you create a schedule. Make sure that you utilize your time. There is even a psychological method that will motivate you to complete your tasks. Firstly, set small goals, and once you complete them, you can reward yourself with an incentive. Divide time between children and work. You can probably do your work while your kids are coloring or simply watching television. If we scrutinize this situation, then we might realize that lockdown is indeed a blessing in disguise. Lockdown offers you flexibility. This means you can spend time with your children. In a nutshell, buckle up, organise things and make a timetable per day which you follow.
Capitalize on nap time
This is the best time to complete your office work. After putting your kids in the crib, you can work on your office files without feeling tensed about what your children are doing, in which activities they are engaging themselves in or whether they are okay or not. Try not to do other household chores because those can be done even when they are awake. Also, juggling between office work and children crying is not an option. You can even plan their sleep time according to the work hours you require. Yours and your kid’s schedule go hand in hand.
Keep the roles of a parent and professional life separate
Being a parent can be highly overwhelming sometimes, considering there will be many times when you would not know how to tackle the situation and keep in mind that being a parent is a full-time job where you never get a holiday until your kids get mature enough. Many times, you are going to feel that you are not an ideal parent. When the truth is that you are one, just make sure that you do not tangle your personal and professional life. Please make sure you are at least able to spend an hour a day with your kids, be it when you are eating dinner or watching television. Try to interact with them, make them open up with you, ask them how their day was, what they did, and how they are feeling. Asking these questions helps as you can maintain a level of understanding. This way, even your kids start understanding you and become sensitive towards you and your work needs.
Keep kids entertained
Make sure that your kids do not feel bored, and make sure that you keep them engaged in one activity or the other so that when you are on a zoom call. You unmute yourself; then your boss hears some mind-blowing ideas instead of your children whining continuously and then some endless apologies. Honestly saying, it is easy to do that. They can work on their hobbies and even create some like playing a musical instrument, coloring, learning to dance, and if your kids are old enough, they may be coding! In a lockdown, it is easy to find online tutors as well. You can sometimes even sit with your kids and motivate them by telling them how amazing they are at what they are doing. The gist of the matter is that they need to ensure they do not feel unwanted or unloved.
We hope that the tips we provided are realistic enough for you to imply in your life and will help you feel less burdened when working at home with your kids.