Framework For Evolving And Strengthening Capacity Utilization In NCFR
You're sitting in your office working.
The phone rings and caller ID tells you it's your biggest client.
You grab their file so you can get the information needed to do the last part of your assignment.
You pick up the phone and start talking.
Then it happens.
You child comes running into your home office crying about a lost toy.
What do you do now? Working from home sounds like a wonderful compromise for the mother of a young child.
You can save the cost of daycare, get to watch your children grow, and even earn money to help support the household.
The reality of it is it takes a lot of work to keep your workload current, your kid's needs met, and your household running smoothly without alienating your child, or missing an important deadline.
It's proven parenting fact that your kids won't need you until you are on an important call, or nearing a crucial deadline.
Then they will yell, cry, or otherwise demand your attention while you are trying to get, or give necessary information.
It can be very frustrating being interrupted while you're on a roll.
So how do you keep your kids busy and out of your hair without feeling like a terrible mother? Doing your job with your kids around isn't easy.
But with a few helpful hints, and some creativity, you can get a lot of work done and still spend time with your kids.
The first thing you should do is invest in a good quality headset for your office phone.
You'll want it to have a mute feature, and an adjustable volume control.
The mute feature is great for when your child starts yelling for you; just let your caller know and click the button.
You can deal quickly with your child and still remain professional with your client.
Plan some easy crafts for your child to do each day.
Crayons, markers, coloring books, something simple your child can do while you're talking.
Also, keep a box of age appropriate construction-style toys for your child near your desk.
They are wonderful tools for creative children and when that important call comes in, all you have to do is ask your child to build you something special for some quiet business time.
Another helpful thing is to keep a box of old toys and favorite treats by your desk.
When the phone rings, pull out an old favorite of your child's and watch them quietly play while you talk.
A way to get your child to respect your telephone time is to use a timer when you're on the phone.
Set the time to keep track of how long you're on your phone call.
Then be sure to spend that much time with your child later on.
If you respect their time, they'll learn to respect yours.
Give your child their own work space.
Use a small table and chair as their desk.
Then you can outfit your child's work desk with age appropriate items; paper, colors, scissors, glue, even an old phone you don't use anymore.
Many times, children want to be just like mommy, and that's why they try to get into the middle of everything you do.
If you give them their own assignments, with their own space, you will find they are quieter when you are trying to get your work done.
As a last resort, use a video or DVD as a distraction.
Keep some movies your child likes to watch, or ones they haven't seen yet, to keep your child entertained during that important call.
Remember it's not good to let your child watch TV all day, but a half hour or so won't hurt.
If none of these hints work, you may just have to go into a spare bedroom or the bathroom and close the door.
And learn to talk fast.
You can get the job done, and spend quality time with your kids, if you just learn to plan your time accordingly.
And find creative ways to keep your child entertained during the day.