Have you ever cooked a snack for your little one while replying to urgent emails? Tried to keep your kids busy in watching endless episodes of The Simpsons so you could have a work call in peace? Or, opened your laptop at midnight, because it took ages putting kids to bed and you have a deadline to meet? For parents, who are experiencing WFH for the first time because of this pandemic, the struggle is real.
Initially, I too thought that our subscription to one of the Spectrum TV packages will keep the kids busy. But that didn’t happen. We ended up juggling projects, meetings, naptime, calls, snacks, kids’ toilet visits, their fights, and so much more.
For all the incredible working parents with kids of all age groups, we have compiled an effective list of useful tips. These would help you maintain a healthy routine during WFH days.
Communicate with the Teammates More
Since you are sitting somewhere in your home surrounded by unfinished home chores and cranky kids, being productive is going to be a major challenge. To be more productive in the given circumstances, communicate with your coworkers. Share your current experiences with your WFH situation. You will figure out that you are not the only one with a big workload and a grumpy tot. Therefore, don’t feel frustrated and give yourself some credit. Everyone is trying to do their level best in a given situation.
If your job involves video conferencing, give your team a heads up about listening to Baby Shark (that you sure are not listening for pleasure) in your Zoom calls. If you have good teammates, chances are that they’ll be emphatic and will lift your spirit.
Schedule TV and Movie Time
Having a weekly/monthly video conference coming up? Schedule your kid’s screen time around it. Check out the latest episodes of PAW Patrol or SpongeBob SquarePants and play them to keep the distractions to the bare minimum. If the allure of the screen doesn’t last and they come to you, don’t panic. Instead, handle it well and communicate your situation.
Moreover, schedule some entertainment time for yourself as well. Indulge in an episode or two of your favorite shows or watch a movie with your spouse or kids to relax and rejuvenate your mind. If your TV provider offers Free Showtime and Epix, finding a great show will be a piece of cake.
Consider this your Me-time. It is important to have some entertainment during these testing times. It will help you stay active and perform better in various roles, which you have right now.
We can’t emphasize the positive effects of exercise and meditation during WFH. And you have to have an indoor gym for that. And if you have invested in one, you’ll be grateful for doing so.
Take advantage of a plethora of no-equipment exercises and dedicate 30-45 minutes for your favorite exercise. You can choose to do Yoga, Pilates, lifting, Zumba, and so on. Thanks to the internet for having zillions of video tutorials from fitness gurus from across the globe. All you need is an internet connection and a Yoga mat. If you have Spectrum Home WiFi and a tablet with YouTube, you are all set!
Starting your day with stretching and exercise will lift your mood and will energize you. And you will stay in shape! You can involve your kids or teens in this regimen too.
Indulge in DIY Projects with Your Kids
How we love DIY projects! And since you are WFH, you can make time for this now. Whether it is about creating a piece of décor, cleaning something efficiently, or trying a new baking recipe, it feels incredibly useful and productive. And that’s exactly how we all want to feel these days. Involve your kids and you will love the sense of achievement when you finish a DIY project. Also, it will be great to have some time off-screen for all of you!
If you have a yard or a garden, take some time for gardening. This refreshing activity will lift your mood. Make your kids join you in trimming and watering plants. You can also grow plants indoor in planters. It is a rewarding and educational experience to grow plants. If you have a subscription to Spectrum Internet Assist or any Internet plan for that matter, look up the types of indoor, shade-loving plants.
Don’t Be Reluctant to Break Your Daily Schedule
Now that you are home 24/7, you don’t need to essentially stick to the same fixed routine. If you have young kids and tots, taking shifts with your spouse and your family members is perhaps the best strategy to make things work.
Communicate with your team proactively about the times when the availability matters the most. You, as a team, can come up with a schedule where you break the 8-hour shift into 4-hour or 2-hour segments. But communicate effectively and set your status on the messaging app that your team uses so that they know when you are away or have signed off.