31 Mar Flexible Working Guide for Single Parents
Being a parent is a full-time job. The responsibility multiplies if you are a single parent and also working from home. You are not only solely accountable for the wellbeing of your child, but are also expected to keep up with the demands of your career. Often, the two clash – with both your work and your child demanding your attention at the same time. While such situations cannot be completely avoided, if you plan ahead, you can do justice to both your roles.
Here are five points to help you win at work and as a parent!
Pre-Plan Your Work Schedule
Know when and what needs to be delivered at work and plan your work schedule to allow a few days lead time for delivery. So even if you do meet with an emergency at home, your work will not suffer. Simply creating a schedule though is not enough; you need to ensure that you follow it. It’s a good idea to structure your work plan with your child’s daily schedule in mind. Ensure that the time you allocate for making work calls and for completing important tasks does not clash with any of your child’s activities where your presence is required. If possible, schedule your most important tasks for when your child is at school or is taking a nap.
Have a Segregated Space Especially for Work
Create a special space or room for work. Inform your family and children that they are not to create any disturbance in that area. Reserve that space only for work-related tasks. Equip this space with a desk, chair, phone-line, charging points and sufficient lighting to create a proper, office-like environment. It will help you focus on your work and also improve your productivity.
Create a Parent’s Club
Form a club with other parents who also have a similar lifestyle. This will not only provide you with support, but also ensure that your child is in under the watch of a trusted and responsible adult. Plus, you won’t have to spend any additional money on hiring a baby sitter.
Engage Your Child in a Hobby
Help your child find a hobby that will keep him/her gainfully engaged while you work. In addition to keeping your child busy, it will also help him/her to learn something new and add to his/her personality.
Pay Attention to Yourself
Like your child and your work, you are important too. To be able to give your best to both, you first need to take good care of yourself and your health. So, once in a while, try to give yourself some downtime from your work and your family responsibilities. Do something that you find relaxing and refreshing – join a hobby class or professional course, or simply go out for daily walks – the choice is limitless.
Flexible working is a great boon for single parents; it allows you to pursue your career without compromising on your parental duties. If you would like to give this option a try, get in touch with us and we will assist you in finding and exploring relevant opportunities.