In light of the rapidly spreading infectious virus, the lockdown has been implemented in most countries, to practice social distancing and self-isolation to prevent the coronavirus from transmitting. During this chaotic time, school-going children have become homeschoolers – learning from virtual systems and giving online attendances and working parents have been instructed to work remotely from home. The tiny organisms, which cannot be seen from the naked eye, have cause frenzied happenings which have led the world to temporarily slow and shut down. If you are a working parent who has to look after a child, school him from home and complete your tasks too, then this guide will definitely help organize and clutter-free your quarantined life.
With a whopping 7433,147 cases around the world, working from home in the best health is no less than a blessing. Juggling parenthood and work may be a struggle but do not fret, we have the perfect tried and tested tips for you.
Make a schedule to follow
Without any restrictions and many distractions, some people find it very challenging to work from home. However, with a set schedule in place for your children to follow, you can get the best out of the remote-work life. You can even work in your pajamas! Focus on the kids’ routine and create a happening task-list for them. It should include both, work and play, and should not intervene with your work schedule. For example, their outdoor playtime, bedtime, and screen-time can be your work time and when you are free, you can help with the homework and monitor their progress. It will take some time getting used to, but it will be a great way to bond, learn and grow. Moreover, practice positive reinforcement for children- for example; happy meals, cookies, 5 minutes extra screen time, etc. if they complete their work efficiently and on time.
Get your partner’s helpYou are not alone in this. Have your significant other help. Divide the tasks and do your part. Little efforts go a long way. Talk to your children about what is actually happening so that they can play their part and be considerate too by not making a mess and abiding by the house rules. If you feel overwhelmed, communicate with your partner and take it one day at a time. Not everything has to be done daily.
Choose the fastest way to communicate
You are not in your office so basic chatting might not be the best option for you. It is time-consuming and can also cause misconceptions and delays in work. Use applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Slack for Business. Switch to video calling to make meetings quicker and group video chat for shared tasks. Harvard Business also suggests ‘goofing around’ and having fun in random chat groups with your business employees to stay interactive and fresh.
Have a distraction-free zone
It does not have to be an entire office or room – it could just be a couch in the corner or a soundproof place where you can work with ease. Some people find it easier to work when they create an office-like environment with pens, papers, desks, etc. Do what makes you feel productive. In order to work efficiently and effectively, you have to make sure that your children are not consuming your work time. If the children are little and keeping them away from your eyes upset you, have your partner look after them or engage them in activities.
Incorporate some physical activity in the routine
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It might be a hard thing to accomplish but you cannot forgo your physical fitness. Even brisk walking can help stimulate creative thinking and good decision-making. When you put the kids to bed, or early in the morning go for a quick walk with your partner. This will also allow you some ‘us’ time. Physical activity is very vital for children. Play ball, or any other family game for them to run around and have fun.
Wake up on time
This is very, very important because waking up early will allow you to be ahead of your schedule, spare more time if something extra comes up and will let you accomplish more. Even with kids around, some working parents find it better to ‘dress up’ for work although they are working from home. It adds to the seriousness of the task. However, working in shorts is just as good if you are an early bird!
Go easy on yourself
You are working from home and your manager, boss, and colleagues know that you have children. Sometimes work can take time, calls can be missed and projects can be delayed - no matter how organized you are. The key is to not let it affect your mental well-being because we are all in this together! Communicate and voice your concerns so that those working with you understand.
Believe in family time
Staying together under one roof does not mean that you are spending family time. Every day might seem like the weekend, but each individual is busy in his/her routine. Make sure to take out time for family activities that you can do together. Some ideas include; making lunch, baking, watching an informative TV series together, or discussing a book you have all read. The ideas are endless. It could be anything your family enjoys doing together and it does not have to be every day – just enough to make everyone feel involved and loved.
The no vaccine yet invented, no one knows how long it might take us to return to our normal routines. The idea is to make the most out of each day, and not stop living despite the current situation. There is hope and one day, this too shall pass. You will emerge out of it having stronger bonds with your children, and having lived through a tough time with lots of stories to pass on to your grandchildren!