It’s 10:00 am. I’ve got a morning work meeting. My six year-old son is asking for his third snack of the day already and I have to get him set up for his next online class. My two-year old daughter desperately wants to watch a song on my phone. There’s laundry and dishes piling up. My computer is taking a year to reboot and I’ve got a list a mile long of work projects! I’ve always considered myself a master multi-tasker, but this is a little over the top!
For us working moms out there, life has really changed. We’re juggling work, online school and free-time for our children, excessive screen time, constant cooking and cleaning, and little to no time for ourselves. I end up going to bed really late because the only time I have to myself is after 9:00 pm.
I can’t say I have a magic solution except to take it one-day at a time.
The two things that have saved me are a schedule and a to-do list. The schedule helps separate work from home (somewhat) and provides a framework for each day. Luckily, my husband is at home and is not working so there are two of us to manage home life. As far as the to-do list goes, if I don’t write a task down, I’ll never remember to do it. There are just too many things in my brain! On a side note: sometimes I write obvious things on my to-do list so I can cross them off, like wake up! It’s just so satisfying to cross off an item. One thing I’ve started doing is taking a 30-minute walk every day. It’s such a nice break and helps me clear my head.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I said people are either going to get through this and have all new hobbies and feel rejuvenated, or they are like us working parents, just trying to make it through each day. I say, if everyone eats and sleeps and learns something, the day is a success!