How To Be Productive With a Newborn at Home
It's not easy to be a working mom, especially when you have a newborn at home. You want to take care of your baby and also keep your career on track. But how can you do both? Here are some tips I've learned over the years:
Make a list
Write down everything that needs to be done and prioritize your tasks. If you have a newborn, it's likely there are many small things that need attention throughout the day. You can't just focus on one thing at a time; instead, break down large tasks into smaller ones so that they're easier for you to tackle in between feedings or diaper changes. For example, if one of your tasks is cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer, set aside 30 minutes every day after lunchtime when you're most alert (and before nap time) so that every day becomes productive without having to rush through everything at once when it's already late at night!
Find the right place to work
The first step to being productive with a newborn at home is finding the right place to work. When you're a new parent, it can be hard to concentrate on anything but your baby. That's why it's important that you find a quiet space where you can focus on your tasks and not get distracted by outside noise or other things going on around you. If possible, try sitting near windows so that natural light comes into the room--this will help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
Use a timer
When you're working, use a timer to help you stay focused and keep track of how long each task takes. If you're breastfeeding or pumping, use the same principle: set it for 20 minutes and stick with it until the buzzer goes off. This will help ensure that neither one of these things gets neglected!
If there's anything else that needs doing around the house (or if there are other people who want/need attention), set up another timer specifically for those tasks so that they don't interfere with your work time too much--and vice versa!
Get dressed up
There's a reason we wear suits and ties to work, and it's not just because we're all trying to look like Don Draper. The way you dress affects your mindset and emotion, so when you put on your professional outfit in the morning, it can give you an extra boost that helps with productivity throughout the day.
Take some time for yourself
It's important to take some time for yourself. Your baby is a wonderful addition to your life, but it's also important that you don't neglect your own needs and interests.
If possible, try getting out of the house for a while. Even if it's just running errands or grabbing coffee with a friend, it will give you something else to focus on besides parenting and household chores.
If getting away isn't possible (or if taking a break would make things worse), then do what works best for you: maybe take an extra long nap when no one else needs attention; maybe start putting together a scrapbook about the first few months of parenthood; or maybe just spend some quality time binge-watching Netflix shows without interruption from anyone else in your family!
As a working mom, it's not easy to be productive when you have a newborn at home, but with some planning and focus, you can do it.
Setting goals for each day and week. I set myself up for success by making sure my goals are realistic. For example, instead of trying to get everything done in one day or even one week (which is impossible), I break down my tasks into manageable chunks so that they don't feel overwhelming or intimidating.
Having a routine as much as possible--this helps keep life on track and allows us all to know what is coming next in our days so there are no surprises! It also helps keep everyone focused on what needs doing right now rather than getting distracted by other things going on around us which could cause chaos later if we don't stay focused on finishing our current task first before moving onto something else that might distract us from getting done right away!
You are a working mom, and it's not easy to be productive when you have a newborn at home. But with some planning and focus, you can do it. The most important thing is to make sure that your baby is safe while you work. If possible, try to find a place where he or she can sleep so that they won't bother you too much during the day when they wake up hungry or need changing. Also remember that getting dressed nicely will help motivate yourself as well as others around them; this will make everyone feel more confident about what they're doing!
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