Tips For New Mothers Working From Home

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Having a new baby is a tremendous joy and blessing, but it also means that you’ll have to make significant changes to your working schedule that will most likely take a lot of time to get used to.  That being said, once you feel comfortable enough and your new baby is settling in, it is a great time to start working from home so that you won’t feel so far behind on work.

A recent article published in Workingmother.com notes that, “Working from home with a new baby in the house means understanding that you need some child care, you’ll have to work around the baby’s schedule, and some days you are simply not going to get as much done as you like,” (Work-from-home Tips for New Moms).  The article goes on to give a few helpful tips about how new mothers can use their time wisely in order to get more accomplished in terms of their work load.

The first piece of advice is to get your baby into a good routine so that you can utilize the baby’s downtime appropriately.  Workingmother.com suggests to “Plan ahead and be prepared to work during your baby’s scheduled sleep time.  Save some shorter, less high-stakes tasks to attend during playtime, when she can be occupied nearby for limited periods,” (Work-from-home Tips for New Moms). Once you have a good routine for your baby, it will be easier to predict when you can work on certain projects. Of course, this routine will not always go as planned, so it’s important to take it day-by-day and do the best you can without exhausting yourself.  Because afterall, you’re a new mom and you deserve and need rest too.

That being said, Workingmother.com advises that new moms should sleep as often as they can, stating, “If you are exhausted, it will be hard to do quality work – and you’ll have a very difficult time enjoying new motherhood.  New moms need their rest and should be very careful to get plenty of it,” (Work-from-home Tips for New Moms).  The most important thing to focus on when you are a new mother is your own health.  Although not working may not be an option for you, some days may require you to take a day of rest, because in the long run you will be more productive if you’ve gotten an adequate amount of sleep.

To read more advice for working at home as a new mom, check out Workingmother.com’s article here.