We know, doing anything at home with a baby can become one of the hardest tasks. When they fall asleep on you and you daren’t move for hours in case it wakes them. The days without any sleep and you just want to crash. Throw work into the mix and it brings a whole new set of challenges, but it’s not impossible!
Whilst working from home has become the new norm and many super mums have set up their own successful freelance hustles and businesses, we explore 7 tips for working from home with a baby.
1.Take Advantage of Naps
Hold out for those baby naps because when they come that is your time to power through the blocks of work you have. You might not have a lot of time so you want to make the most of every minute. Chunk your work down into different segments rather than looking at it as a whole picture. This will give you satisfaction as you tick off the list and it will appear far more manageable.
2. Make Your Hours Flexible
Stop looking at it as a 9-5. Read that again. Whilst this might not be possible with all employers, being able to be flexible with your working hours around your baby will take added pressure off you and it will help you to work in a more effective way. As long as you get your work done, it doesn’t matter what timeframe they’re done in!
3. Take Breaks
Remember to take regular breaks. Trying to work through noise or chaos continually will not give your head the clarity you need to do the task at hand. The pomodoro technique is a hugely effective time management method which breaks down work into 25 minute intervals, allowing you a 5 minute break in between. We promise this is a game changer, it helps you resist all of those self-interruptions and re-trains your brain to focus on the task at hand.
4. Make Use of A Baby Carrier or Bouncer
For the times that you need to power through a baby carrier or a bouncer in particular will keep baby secure, contained and happy. Allowing you to get on with what you do best! A baby carrier will give your baby the comfort of having you next to them whilst freeing your hands to get on with work or household chores.
5. Can Your Phone Do It?
The advancement in technology does mean that we could pack up our houses, move across to the other side of the world and still be able to run our businesses from our phone. It can often be much easier to hop onto your phone to deal with work and emails then getting the laptop out around your baby. Most apps and technology can now be accessed through your phone. Look for mobile alternatives and make sure your emails are setup so you can get to them on the go.
6. Work When They Are Calm
There are times when your baby will be at their calmest and most settled. This is usually after they have been fed, nappy changed or post nap. Use these periods of time to power through your work whilst they can be content with their toys or in a bouncer/on a play mat.
7. Ditch The Guilt
We promise that ditching the mum guilt you might experience will do you the world of good. Working from home with a baby can be hard, but don’t put yourself down for looking after your baby whilst working too. You’re already a superwoman and doing the best job you can. Don’t ever forget to give yourself credit for that, and be kind to yourself.
We hope these tips help you to manage your workload and looking after your baby, keep doing what you’re doing because you’re amazing! Keep an eye on our Instagram for more on our #BjarniJourney.