For new moms, working from home is a blessing. Sometimes, though, your littlest blessing can make things difficult. However, with a little planning and flexibility, you can work remotely and care for your baby at the same time — without pulling out all your hair. Today, Real Online Career has some tips to get you started.
Make a Schedule
One of the first things to consider is making a schedule. Babies tend to have a rhythm to their day. By scheduling your work times in sync with their day, things can run more smoothly.
You don't need to make a specific schedule for every minute. Rather, plan the order of your activities for the day, and work with your child, not against them. You can utilize nap times for returning calls and other things that require quiet and work on the computer while your baby is interested in other things.
Create Your Ideal Workspace
You need somewhere to work during the day. How you set up your home office depends on your own preference. Some people need to be in a room away from any distractions, while others need some sort of social stimulation to get through the day. Regardless, to be as efficient as possible, make sure you have all the materials you need close at hand.
It's also wise to have a place for your baby nearby. Consider a play yard or baby swing beside your desk. You can also use baby gates to create an enclosed space for your child to play. Just make sure the area is baby-proofed. To heighten interest in solo playtime, rotate the available toys every week or so. This keeps them fresh and new to your baby and more engaging.
Be Flexible With Your Technology
While you may be used to sitting at a desk and typing on your computer, you may need to be a little more flexible with a baby in tow. On particularly fussy days, a baby sling can be a lifesaver. Just put your child in the carrier while you sway, and they're comforted by being close to you. You can put your laptop on a counter and type while you stand. Or, if you're playing with the baby and have an idea or need to type a quick email, use your phone or a tablet. Apps are available for most business software, and it's much faster than leaving to go sit down at the computer.
Go Hands-Free for Pumping
Speaking of flexibility, finding ways to efficiently use your time when you pump breast milk can be a lifesaver. A hands-free pumping bra is the perfect solution when you need to focus on playing with your baby, return important emails or silently watch a webinar. The trick is finding a durable, supportive bra that pulls double duty for pumping and nursing. Fortunately, this is easy when you shop through an online marketplace like Amazon, which offers specialty shops for moms who want to add a few extra items to their latest order.
Ask for Help
Being a new parent is tough. There's so much to learn, and sometimes it feels like you're just winging it. More so when you work from home with a baby. It can also become downright overwhelming, which is why it’s in your best interest to ask for help. This doesn’t make you weak or incapable of handling everything at once. Help from others will offer you some necessary breathing room to work or even run errands, which in turn can reduce some of the stress you may be feeling.
Remote Success Is Possible
It's no secret that working from home can be a challenge, especially when you have to care for a baby as well. Give yourself a little grace while adjusting to your new situation and take these tips into consideration. Try to make a schedule you can stick to, and carve out the ideal workspace. Opt for hands-free pumping to help stay productive, and don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and family for help.
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