As a work-from-home parent, I am constantly in search of ways to improve my lifestyle while I personally care for my daughter. It’s been almost three years since I started this lifestyle. It gave me the opportunity to witness my daughter’s every milestone. So, today I’d like to share that with all of the parents who are considering this lifestyle.
Waking up early is not optional, it’s a must
If you’re not a morning person chances are today you’ve probably tried waking up really early otherwise you’ll be missing out on many things like that work-related stuff, and of course, your child’s first meal, breakfast! Early mornings are actually very important to me. It’s a time where my mind is fresh to work on complicated tasks and do some home workouts while my daughter is sound asleep. 4:30 am is actually an ideal time for me to rise because it’s a chance to check the blogs I’ve written or continue editing the vlogs that I’ve composed a day before.
Prepare a flexible daily routine for your little one
One of the reasons why working-from-home has become manageable for me is because I trained my daughter to have her own routine. Her daily activities involve free play, study and nap times. I also started her early on play school which gives me an hour or two hours to take client calls and meetings from a coffee or restaurant while I wait for her playschool session to finish. But her routine isn’t cast in stone. I always take her out to outdoor parks, play areas, toy stores bookstore and even client meetings to sort off break the redundant routine.
Allow 15 to 30 minutes of a break from work
Staying for long hours indoors can sometimes fry your brains, so my suggestion is to take breaks mid-day or during the afternoon when your daughter is napping. Watch an inspirational video, listen to a podcast or maybe do nothing at all. Just take this time to relax and have a quick break from the usual grind.
Save the house chores during breaks or until EOD
Refrain yourself from getting distracted by the piles of dishes in the sink or wait until the next 15-minute break to sweep the strands of hair on your floor. But recently, I noticed how these house chores are making me feel tired during the day when I try to do most of it in the morning. It gives the feeling that I have overworked myself. So, instead of doing most of the cleaning in the morning I tend to put it off until after dinner or during the time where my energy is slowing down. It’s also nice to wake up to a clean kitchen and living room the following morning.
Try not to overwork yourself
When my daughter was still an infant, I had the opportunity to work most of the day while she sleeps for hours. For a while, I thought I was being productive but I kept on getting sick. So, I had to quickly change my work routine and gave myself the extra attention I needed. Sometimes I still stay up late to catch more time for work but I make sure I get plenty of rest afterwards without neglecting my primary duty of caring for my daughter.