We know that being a working parent means working around the clock. We’re all for leaving your work at work and coming home to be present with your family. But there are some habits we develop at work that can help streamline our personal lives too.
We spoke to a few parents in our office to see what good habits they take home. Here are our top picks.
Organise your day in time blocks
You may find that you lose your concept of work versus home time after having a child. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you learn to organise your day in time blocks and work around both schedules. If your four-year-old has a gymnastics lesson and it’s your turn to take him, what can you do during the one hour while you wait? Can you finish off a piece of work that helps you check something off your work to-do list? Can you research your next holiday? Work flexible tasks into your everyday so that you are not overwhelmed during weeks where you have bigger deadlines.
Use productivity apps to organise your life
Are you in a workplace where productivity apps are rolled out by the dozen? There’s a reason these apps are so popular at work. As their name suggests, they make you more productive! Who’s to say this can’t translate to your home life? Set up a Trello board of cards for all your to-dos with everything from vaccinations and doctors visits to Christmas shopping lists. Add due dates so you know when you need to get tasks done, and try your best to stay on top of them. Attaching dates to your chores helps you prioritise and move things around easily if needed, keeping you sane!
Share learnings with your partner
This is an important one! You know how we are always writing project closure reports at work? We’re not asking you to produce a 10-page document at home, rather take a step back and reflect after some small wins or difficult days. Did adding a banana make meal time easier? Make a mental note and share it with your partner when you are winding down for the day. You’re a team that is working towards the same goal: Raising a beautiful child. Communicate openly and share learnings to make things easier for each other.
Maintain a calm demeanour at all times
If you wouldn’t lose your cool at your co-worker in a professional environment, you certainly shouldn’t lose it with your partner at home. We know what it’s like to run on low, interrupted sleep when your newborn arrives, but if you can muster up the energy to hold it together at work, you should try your best to do so at home too. Nuff said.
A lot of this is easier said than done, but have a crack and see if this is a habit waiting to be formed. Have more work habits you’d like to bring home? Leave us a comment.
Written by the Circle In team.