How to Get Stuff Done Even When You Have Kids
March 11, 2017
Life with small children around is not the same as the one lived by someone who is single or does not yet have children. In other words, it is pretty hectic, and not only from time to time but pretty much all the time. If you are on your own and do not have family or a partner to help you out, getting anything done may seem close to impossible. I am in such a situation and, forced by circumstances; I have learned several good ways of getting stuff done even with children around. I hope this post will find you well and help you become more productive while juggling everything and everyone around you.
You may not see it this way, but kids can be your allies in this. How? First things first, you need to get them accustomed to a clear schedule, and specifically to a sleep pattern. This way, you will make room in your daily schedule at very definite intervals for taking care of other chores. I don’t say that it does not take some work, but the benefits you reap will be great.
Depending on the age of your little ones, you can get them involved in the chores you need to do around the house. For instance, if you are washing dishes, your older kid could help you by putting them back on the shelves. In case your children are too small, use high chairs for children that come with safety features, like a harness. This way, you can keep them around – so you can keep an eye on them – but still see about your chores without a problem.
Be ready to be interrupted. This means that you should learn how to adapt. Kids do not need constant, second by second, careful monitoring and supervision, but they do need attention. That means that you should be able to split your chores in small increments and allow more time for each of them. If you get used to this way of doing things, you will be quite impressed with how much work you will be able to perform by the end of the day.
While all of the above involve children, keep in mind that you are the one who must do all the chores, so it is up to you to learn how to do things in a more efficient manner. That being said, you should turn off your smartphone, close the computer, and focus on the tasks at hand. Too many distractions around will only complicate the situation, and your kids will not be the ones to blame. With proper planning and time management, you will see that nothing is impossible.