Juggling a career and parenthood is not something that comes easily. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had three kids or have just given birth to your bundle of joy, there will always be struggles that you encounter. If not managed properly, though, these struggles can affect your productivity, and this can affect both your career and your parenting. So how can you manage your productivity better as a working parent?
Let Tech Do the Hard Work For You
We’re lucky in that technology is doing everything it can to make our lives more comfortable, and if you work from home, workstations for professionals are a fantastic way to improve your productivity output to ensure you finish at the same time every day.
With programs and software capable of planning meetings, reminding you about upcoming events, and even analysing crucial data for your business, a high-powered workstation pays for itself, and then some, sooner than you’d expect.
And If Not, Do the Hard Stuff First
However, computers are not magical, not entirely, anyway, and there are some things that your average work-from-home professional cannot code or program. If there are tasks that demand more considerable attention, it’s best to get them out of the way first.
These larger, more intense projects can be intimidating, and this can put you off getting started on them. However, you’ll soon get into a groove and may even finish them ahead of schedule, and from here, you can focus on the smaller tasks that won’t take as long while still maintaining the momentum from before.
Do Not Multitask
We like to think that we are good at multitasking, but this is not necessarily the case. If you want to excel with your with, you cannot have one eye focusing on something else, even something as mindless as browsing Facebook or Instagram.
Instead, put yourself in a position where you have only your current project to focus on. You can download add-ons for your browser that ban specific time-wasting sites to remove the distraction, and once you’re finished, you can take five minutes to relax before starting the next tasks.
Allow Yourself Time to Wind Down
Going straight from a busy working day to pick your kids up from school or heading to the supermarket means your brain doesn’t have the chance to switch off, and you can bring the stress of work along with you, which can make you irritable and anxious.
Instead, consider giving yourself wind-down time as you near the end of the day. You can focus on slowing your pace down in the last 15 minutes of your workday so you can naturally ease yourself into your evening. This allows you to leave your work in your home office and gives you the chance to relax and spend valuable time with your kids.
Better Productivity for Better Parenting
It’s not possible to work all day and then focus on your parenting responsibilities, so try creating a working culture that allows you to be more productive early on so that you have more time and less stress in the evening.