5 Tips Teleworking for Working parents
This time I would like to write a blog about teleworking for working Parents. I think it’s really hard, especially if you have small children. You may have had more trouble than ever with COVID-19 pandemic, and some of you may be asking yourself repeatedly if you can continue to work while raising a child. Your children will see you working hard. Many working mothers in Japan feel sorry for their children when they don’t have much time to spend with them, but I would like you to spend your time with confidence and without thinking negatively about the fact that you are working.
I also think that it is difficult to work while watching preschoolers and younger children at home, even if you have switched from office work to telework. From my own experience, it is important not to hesitate to ask for support from those around you and to work in a way that does not cause too much stress. In other countries, working mothers often use day care centers, babysitters, and housekeeping services to reduce the burden of housework while working.
Remote work is advantageous for saving the time because there is not commuting time. Also, if you use the time well, you can do more housework than before, such as going shopping or vacuuming in the spare time.
However, while there are many advantages to working remotely, there are some disadvantages, such as the time it takes to get in touch with your boss or coworkers when you need to ask something, the difficulty of time management, working too much without taking breaks, and feeling lonely.
The following are some tips to make remote work as comfortable as possible.
Prepare your work environment
First of all, prepare your work environment so that it is easy for you to work and get your work done. It is important to make sure you have a desk that fits your body, a comfortable chair, lights, air conditioning, and an internet connection. It is important to have a desk that fits your body, a comfortable chair, lights, air conditioning, and an internet connection so that you can work comfortably for long periods of time. It is also very important to have a good internet connection so that you can check the speed and prepare to work smoothly. Also, make sure you have a camera and headphones for remote meetings.
Time Management and Self-Management
How about dividing your day into several circles, such as a timetable with 55 minutes of focused work and a 5-minute break? Remote workers tend to work too much, and there are many temptations such as TV and cell phones, so it is difficult to keep a sense of urgency in your work. Also, human concentration does not last long, so I recommend that you break up your time. These days, there are many apps for scheduling, so you may want to look for one that is easy for you to use. It is also a good idea to use a TODO list to see at a glance what you need to do for the day. Scheduling is very important to get the job done efficiently.
It is said that most successful business people are morning people. Try to do the most important tasks of the day in the morning when your mind is clear. In the morning, when your mind is clear, do the most important tasks of the day. 30 minutes before the end of the workday, use the spare time to prepare for tomorrow and reflect on your day.
Self-management, such as waking up early in the morning, eating a well-balanced diet, and exercising moderately, is essential for long-term telework efficiency. There may be days when you work lazily because no one is around, but it’s time to look back at your life again so that you can manage yourself.
Use a housekeeping service to reduce the burden of housework
Another advantage of working remotely is that you can do housework as washing and vacuuming in between work and during breaks. However, taking a good break is very important for work efficiency. To avoid overworking, it is recommended to use a housekeeping service or a cooking service. Also, talk to your husband about it and don’t think that all housework is a woman’s job.
Make time for yourself
It’s really hard for working mothers to make time for themselves. However, I think it’s important to spend your time and do your favorite things sometimes, such as watching TV, reading a book, or putting on some aromatic oil in your lunch break. When working from home, there may be days when you just don’t feel like doing anything. If that’s the case, you may want to take a bullet point memo of what you need to do, create a subject line for your email, and take time to stretch, walk, or meditate.
Communicate frequently with your supervisor and colleagues.
Teleworkers may feel lonely and have fewer opportunities to communicate with others than office workers. Make sure to set aside time several times a week to report to your boss or communicate with your colleagues. It can be difficult to express your true feelings when you work online, so try to create an environment where you can talk in person whenever possible.
Finally, I think working parents have a really hard time. Don’t think it’s a bad thing to ask for help with housework, and don’t try to do everything perfectly as its impossible to achieve, just try your best.