Working from Home?
Diana is a wife and a mother of twin babies who is inspired by music, nature and daily life interactions. She uses her passion for writing to capture special moments, replace pain with laughter, and inspire others. She is a feature writer for several publications in Egypt and the Gulf; through her Twin Mummy’s Diary she shares her thoughts, experiences and helpful tips as she goes us through the roller coaster ride called motherhood, with its challenges and joys.
Working from Home?
Working from home can sound a bit overwhelming for some mothers; with just some organization and planning, everything can fall into place and you can make the most out of both your work and motherhood…
Some tips if you decide to work from home:
1. Allocate a few hours a day for your work. Try to make some of those while the kids are asleep. Don’t do all the work while they are around because you will end up being frustrated for not being able to concentrate. You might also get angry with them when they don’t have a clue that you need to focus on something other than them.
2. Have a special table/desk for your work where you create a mini office environment. Not only will it encourage you to work, but will also be very convenient when you actually sit and try to get in the mood of doing something other than nappy changing. On this table, you can place your laptop, an artificial plant, a pot holding all your pens, another for your highlighters, and a couple of notebooks.
3. Try to arrange and plan your house duties; be as efficient as possible with your house chores as this will give you more time for the kids and your work. Efficiency is of utmost importance given the fast paced life we are leading.
4. Never let your kids feel you’re with them physically not emotionally. If they call you and notice that you’re not giving them enough attention, they would keep calling. Only when you go to them, talk and maybe appraise what they did, will they leave you and consider their mission accomplished.
5. Don’t let feedback get you down. Sometimes you will get comments like “how can you do it”, “hope this is not affecting your kids”, “Don’t overdo it” and the list goes on. It is normal and expected but don’t let that make you feel guilty or upset. Don’t let comments like these bog you down or make feel selfish. You are a super mom for doing both things. You chose to leave you career behind, be a stay at home mom and do what it takes to be successful on both fronts.
6. Juggle tasks; it’s both challenging and thrilling that in the midst of working you can go feed your kids. Maybe later while you’re reading something, you can go do the laundry. You are constantly doing a lot of unrelated tasks. The key to enjoying it and not being overwhelmed is to prioritize and have a daily to-do list.
7. Keep the kids happily busy when they are awake. When you have an important work task to finish, give them a new toy or turn on a new cartoon on TV so that they don’t even notice you’re busy. It is nice and it helps you avoid feeling guilty about your work.
8. Keep your home organized for when it is neat and clean it will greatly affect the well-being of your kids and accordingly your life, productivity and work progress.