6 ways to effectively manage work from home
Created by Libi Furtado Updated on Dec 05, 2015
As a proud mother of a new born baby girl, I was thrilled to spend all my time with her. Since I had been working with my father in his business and also having my own Life Insurance Agency, I was very sure of making a wonderful mother, a non compromising financial adviser and a flawless office assistant to my father. It didn't take long for the reality to crash in.
My over-protective father had shifted his little office into my home to make sure I was comfortable working during my pregnancy days, but the work burden had doubled as I couldn't manage getting anything done in early post delivery days. LIC had taken a backseat which made my bank balance quiet bleak! I tried to do everything, taking care of the baby, transferring all office data to the laptop so I could continue my office work, had started emotionally blackmailing my family to do the servicing of my LIC clients, but yet was not getting anywhere. My baby was hungry every 2 hours, I was sleeping on my laptop and my family was not so happy leaving their work and pursuing my service!
I was in a mess!
A Little later with a Prayer and some maternal advise I rested for days, actually for weeks, and then I was ready back to normal, but this time working from home....successfully.
How did I do that? Well here is how I did it:
1) Delegating: I put up messages across my LIC colleagues that I needed an assistant, for simple running jobs, so that anybody with avg.IQ could do. My Office Tally work which is quiet a daily task was also delegated to an intern CA. And I was doing the work I was made for- nurturing my baby.
2) Listing: A to-do-list can guide you through out your day, when your mind is clouded and confused as to what has to be done. Prepare it the night before or at the beginning of the day, it will show you the path.
3) Sorting: De cluttering the bed, cupboards, tables paves way for refreshing thoughts and a happy mind.
4) Taking a breather: For some it could mean a moment , an hour or a week. For me it was just moving out of my home, a walk with my dog or a movie. It helps you get back to your current stressed situation with a different prerogative.
5) Scheduling: Most important if you want to get anything done properly, schedule it ahead of time, visualize it, it might not go as planned but you will surely have some better back up now than if you had not scheduled for it.
6) Preparing: It's not just you anymore, where you can take a flight off from your home to your friend's place or just make a last minute decision to watch a movie during the week. Now you have your baby, and along with him/her you take anything and everything that s/he might need.
Successful working from home takes a lot of will power, discipline and motherhood (i.e. Superpower), but through some thinking, it is not unachievable.
| Jun 20, 2016
am leaving my 7 m old baby at home for 10 hrs minimum. job restrictions and Mumbai traffic. sometimes feel really sad wn i don't have time to spend with my baby. lucky are those moms i say who have options for work from home
| Jun 20, 2016
my son is 8 months old,but he didn't sleep properly in night even day,he always wake up within 1/2 to 1 hour,pls suggest what can I do.
| Jun 06, 2016
no need to worry. Baby manage according to situations.
| Jan 28, 2016
Working from home needs a lot of discipline, dedication, multi tasking, patience, presence of mind & offcourse the same passion... My son is +2 yrs and I am still operating from home. Offcourse can't thank enough to my seniors for giving me this flexibility and helping me in keeping my passion alive. While, My growth graph has slowed down but at the same time, I have the BIGGEST satisfaction of growing my son in front of my eyes, teaching him what is right, feeding him what is hygienic & needed for his growth & most importantly, grabbing and capturing wonderful memories in our beautiful journey... After all, I will have a 2nd chance to grow but not my son... To balance between professional & personal life, I hired a full day nanny cum household help who handles all my unproductive activities so that I can focus on selective yet most important things . Believe me, the satisfaction I have each night before I go to bed to keep my passion alive and also give full attention to my kid rather than keeping him in a day care or with someone else. We know, no one can replace mother's position.. Nor will anyone have that deep interest in making your kid all rounder. I am very happy and satisfied with my decision and can really see the results in my son's learnings & overall developments... thought to share if it helps anyone.
| Jan 25, 2016
Here I would say working from is better than ladies working outside ....as atleast u hav satisfaction ur baby is in front of ur eyes .Right now I m on maternity leave I m a banker nd I 'll join probably in march its really horrible for me how I 'll manage leaving my baby for 8 hrs..
| Dec 25, 2015
Yes veera... it happens to me all the time. :) I can work only once he sleeps... it doesn't happen thay he is awake playing and I can do my work at the same time. He stands at my feet to stop my work and take him.
| Dec 08, 2015
Great piece of info. And yes it needs too much will power to work from home with a baby but yes nothing is impossible for mother's
| Dec 07, 2015
I thought this post is about "What if the child playing on floor comes at your feet and try to stand and disturb you eventually".. :)