Let’s face it, we live in a very hectic world and time management can be a really big challenge for many people, especially the woman of the house. But then you might ask how it can be such a big deal for them when all they need to do is keep the house in order and take care of the kids. That’s not exactly how it goes now.
Today, men are not the only ones that work to put food on the table. One working member of the family is not enough to support the whole family’s expenses at times so even the women now need to contribute and support their husband’s earnings. This, however, can be a bit overbearing for some in the long run. Are you also a working mom with a baby on the hip? There are a few things you can do to make things easier for you.
Get Some Help
It’s hard to divide your equal attention when you have work with demanding deadlines on one hand and a baby on the other. Being stuck in the middle is not fun and it certainly is stressful! If it comes to the point where you really need to focus on your work, get someone to help you look after the kids – perhaps a babysitter, a friend or a relative. Ask them if they can look after your baby for a few hours until you get most of your work done.
Take Advantage of the Time
The most time you could possibly have for yourself is right after you have made your kids’ lunches and dropped them off at school or when you have put them in their cribs for their afternoon naps. Use these precious hours to get as much done with your work. There’s no better time to rev up that work engine while there are no other distractions just yet!
Strategically Arrange Your Workstation
It can be hard especially when you have toddlers walking around the house because practically everything in their site is either a toy or food – your copy papers are like blank canvasses, your pens are like crayons and your cork pins look like candy. Always be sure to keep the things you use all the time away from their reach. Place your thumbtacks and paperclips in a container and hide it so they don’t end up putting them in their mouth. The last thing you need when you work from home with a baby that can’t even walk on his own is a trip to the hospital.
Set a Specific Working Schedule
Ask yourself when you feel you are most productive and work out a schedule within that time frame. When you follow a specific schedule, you can easily avoid overworking and ultimately forgetting to look after the kids. Remember, an online job is still a job, but you also need to spend some time with your family. Try not to skip their soccer games or their ballet recitals.
Spend Some Quality Time with your Kids
I personally believe (even though I have yet to have my own kids) that children’s laughter is like one of the best and most effective stress relievers ever. Spend some time with your kids, and don’t fail to ask them how their day went. You could probably watch a funny movie with them with a bowl of ice cream before you tuck them in for bed to get ready the next day. You deserve a reward of a stress reliever after spending so much time away from your family.
The life of a working mom may seem “ordinary” to other people. But the fact is one does not really understand what it is like to be a working mom until they become one themselves. If you’re a parent needing a bit of help in juggling your time for you work and your kids, you might want to give the aforementioned tips a try!
About Author: Kimberly Darvin is a media arts graduate from the Philippines with a passion for literature and photography. She writes about her experiences and discoveries whenever she gets to travel. She currently works from home as a content writer and makes articles for the Online-jobs.ph website (www.online-jobs.ph) whose aim is to help Filipinos find legitimate home-based jobs as well as provide various tips about online employment in general.