Hey Affinity Fam, it’s Jess coming at ya with a few tips on working remotely with toddlers. This is the second part of a three-part series about working from home, so if you haven’t checked out part one, you can find it here.
As you’ve probably discovered by now—working remotely is not all butterflies and rainbows. It’s tough at times, but it’s absolutely worth it. I am blessed with a job that lets me stay at home all the time. Here are a few things I’ve learned to help make my days run as smoothly as possible, especially as the mom of a toddler!
Working Remotely Today—With Toddlers
One thing that is super important to me is to stop working and spending some uninterrupted time playing with my girl. I think this helps me refocus on my “why” and improves my attitude. After all, being home for my toddler is one of the reasons why I choose to work remotely. Tynlee loves this time too and I feel like it helps her not be so needy throughout the remainder of my work time.
Naptime / Quiet Time:
It’s important to keep a good balance of my use of naptime. These days Tynlee usually only takes one nap and that period of silence is golden. Sometimes I use this time to hammer out a project – uninterrupted. Other days I take some time for myself and listen to a non-work-related podcast, read a book, watch my fave show or even take a nap with my girl.
Most of the only one-on-one time I get to spend with my husband is after Tynlee goes to bed. That’s our time and I do my best not to spend that time on anything work-related. If I have something with a tight deadline or have some ideas I need to get out of my head, I’ll wait until Dean goes to sleep and work after that.
Other Pointers for Working Remotely
Dedicated workspace / Common workspace:
Both are vital for our team to be successful. Even though we all live together right now, it’s important for us to have our own space. We all have a mutual understanding that when we are in our space, we need to be left alone as much as possible. There may be a few pop-ins or text exchanges, but for the most part, I think we respect each other’s space. When it’s time to work as a team, our common workspace right now happens to also be our living area. Magical things happen when we work together and can bounce ideas off each other. When we work in the same space it also helps to have lots of eyes on the babies.
Like seriously. Get out of your house. Try to do it once a day if you can. I know that’s not as easy during this time, but that doesn’t make it any less important. We are blessed with a large amount of outside space and a quiet neighborhood with little traffic, so it’s easy for us to pop outside and have some playtime in the middle of our workday. Or we can go on a quick walk. If you aren’t able to do that, I would strongly encourage you to go to a park or even just for a drive. Mask up and go get a Starbs or an ice cream cone and just spend some time outside of the house. It’s amazing what this can do for your attitude!
Personally, it’s hard for me to focus on work if the space around me is messy. This has been hard having 3 separate families living under one roof. We all have stuff laying around – especially the kid’s toys. I think we do our best to keep our stuff picked up and make sure toys are put away once the toddlers are done playing with them—especially in the common area. I feel like we have kind of an unspoken routine for the chores. We don’t let it fall on one person all the time. Dishes are pretty much a never-ending job in our house. Sometimes it’s heavy on one person for a few days, but I feel like we do a good job kind of switching off and making sure that doesn’t happen for long.
I have a few different clients that I have to work on projects for on a weekly basis. It helps if I have a designated day for each client. I try to only focus on that one client the whole day, so I don’t get distracted (which isn’t easy for me). I’ll admit, this doesn’t always work as there are unexpected projects that get thrown into the mix every once in a while. But a set schedule helps me mentally know what to expect each day so I can plan accordingly.
We are so incredibly blessed to have such a supportive and close family. That makes working remotely with toddlers even more rewarding. It gets tough sometimes living and working together on a daily basis, but it’s absolutely worth it. I think we have a really great support system and can rely on each other for just about anything. Working from home isn’t always easy, but it can be such a blessing and so fun if you make the most of it.
Working from home is a LOT different from an office setting. It has a lot of challenges, but when you overcome them, the benefits are the best. In a season where everyone works from home, remember. . . you’ve got this and we’re here to help!!
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