Balancing Work And Parenting
When I started working from home in March 2020, one of my first thoughts was about how much more time I would get to spend with my family. Although my hours were already fairly flexible, my long commute made balancing work and parenting difficult.
Nearly a year on, I’d love to say I’d managed to nail down a routine that allowed me to spend time with my family while holding down a full-time job as well as everything else life throws your way. Although I’m not quite there yet, I think I’ve been making steps in the right direction.
Not having to commute is saving me nearly 3 hours a day so you’d assume I’d now have loads more time to spend with the family. While I am now getting more time with the family, it seems my time is now eaten up by other things.
Being home all day means I have now taken on a lot of the chores around the house. My lunch breaks used to be an hour of eating and chatting to my colleagues in the office. Now, I spend that time cleaning, taking the bins out, meal prepping ready for dinner. Basically, anything that needs to be done around the house. After work, I step away from my computer and it’s straight back to whatever jobs need doing.
This all came to a head at the start of 2021, after the Christmas break. I needed to manage my time in a way that meant I could actually enjoy the extra family time I was getting by working from home.
For some people, it may seem too regimented but I’ve made a conscious effort to set time aside to focus on different aspects of my life. That way, I’m not worried about doing the dusting or hoovering during family time. I have also made an effort to set aside some “me time” a few nights a week. Whether this means having a Zoom catch up with friends, playing some games, or just sitting in front of the TV. This time is so important for your mental health.
Balancing Working From Home And Parenting
I am not quite where I need to be just yet and I could still do with a few more hours in the day. The more I plan and stick to a routine, the better I feel. I understand this level of planning may not work for everyone and life always throws curve-balls your way but knowing I can fully focus on being a parent after I finish work until my son’s bedtime means I am not stressing about other things that need doing.
Do you have any tips for balancing work and parenting? Let us know in the comments.
Until next time,