If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home when you have children, this can be a wonderful experience. Not only can you be there for the important milestones in your child’s life, this can help save on childcare whilst working from the comfort of your own home.
Despite being little bundles of joy, babies often demand a fair amount of attention when awake, however they also sleep for a large part in the day. This time is perfect for getting your tasks done.
Coping with a newborn is one thing, but what happens when your little one is suddenly filled with boundless energy, walking around and becoming mischievous? This can cause endless distractions and pose more of a challenge.
Here are some ideas that may help you when working from home with a toddler.
From an early age we try and establish a routine with our children, and this is a good skill to instil for later in life. Although you don’t have to try and make every single day the same, having a routine or schedule to follow throughout the week will be a big help. You’ll probably have to let your work schedule be dictated by your toddler’s needs though, not the other way around!
Try to give yourself ‘work hours’
If your phone rings during the time you’ve decided are ‘non-business hours’, then let it ring and pick up the voicemail later. Limit the time you check your work emails too. During the hours you’ve set aside for work, try to focus on the work in front of you, keep your toddler occupied during this time so you’re not distracted.
Work during downtimes
There are times during the day when your toddler is resting – whether that be taking a nap, playing with their favourite toy, having a snack or watching a bit of TV. Use these times to your advantage.
Take regular breaks
To allow yourself to give your child enough attention and be productive whilst you are working, make sure you take regular breaks – even small breaks throughout the day will help keep your little one happy whilst also giving you respite. Perhaps take a lunch time walk so you can spend some quality time together and stay energised.
Prepare to be flexible
While you may have deadlines or plans in place to do things, you’ll need to be as flexible as you can to meet your toddler’s needs. Something may come up that needs your attention, so you should be prepared to be able to stop working at a moment’s notice. Your toddler needs to take priority to enable a good working from home environment.