Working Through a Pandemic

Working Through a Pandemic

I was originally going to give you a “tips for working through a pandemic” post but realized that work has become almost impossible. OK, I am lying but it is hard AF without putting effort into it.

Just like many of you my life has been upended during the last year. I was so used to sending the kids off to school and getting some solid hours of work done in peace and quiet. Our kids have been home for almost a year now and work has ground to a halt.

Between virtual school, cleaning a house that is constantly being dirtied (how many people actually live here?), and cooking meal after meal, there is little time for me to sit down and whip up a blog post. With kids and dogs occupying every square inch of our home, I can’t just stage a photo shoot. There is no quiet for a vlog. With four different zoom classes, the news (because Duh), and video games in between, our bandwidth is merely letting us exist on the internet, not do anything with speed.

Meal times have become pretty big things lately since it seems like the only things we can do.

That being said I have realized that more effort needs to be put in on my part. Too many women have had their jobs and careers become casualties of the pandemic and here I am, someone who used to rave about being able to work from home, not actually working from home. The hypocrisy.

So I’m sharing some ways I am going to be squirrelling away time for work when there never seems to be enough time.

  • Pulling my own laptop out while sitting at the table with the kids. There are a lot of minutes in between when my kids need help with work. I need to sit with them or they fool around but hopefully, my presence is enough.
  • Waking up early. 30 minutes a day five times a week is still two-and-a-half hours more than if I didn’t do it. A lot of work can happen in those thirty minutes.
  • Make to-do lists. Put everything I need to do on the list and making sure that I put an hour of computer time away for myself in the evenings so I put myself first. It’s so easy to keep cleaning, harder to focus on myself. Plus I have this list of 25 things to do on a snow day as an adult to get through.
  • Tag my husband in. We share so many of the roles around the house already but actively asking him to do a task so that I can hide away and get some time to work.
  • Partnering up the kids. My kids are older now so I could easily partner an older kid up with a younger one instead of doing it myself. Maybe bribe them with ice cream for dessert on Fridays if they get all their work done.

These are some of the ways that I am attempting to tackle working through a pandemic. It’s a lot of give and take. A lot of asking for help. A lot of sacrifice from everyone involved.

How are you managing to get work done at home? Please share your tips as we could all use some help during these times.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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11 Comments

  1. Heather Swanson
    February 17, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    I love to get up early & get alot done

  2. Victoria Ess
    February 18, 2021 / 6:44 am

    Gosh, your household is BUSY! Great tips for hanging in there.

  3. EDYE
    February 19, 2021 / 8:28 am

    I am trying to make more to do lists to stay organized.

  4. Heather Swanson
    February 20, 2021 / 2:37 pm

    laptop goes from room to room

  5. Janet M
    February 21, 2021 / 9:58 am

    I like the idea of 30 minutes in the morning to get tons of stuff done with no interruptions.

  6. Janet Lance
    February 21, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    Great ideas for squirreling away time for work!

  7. Heather J
    February 23, 2021 / 11:52 am

    I love your honesty! FTR it doesn’t change much when they get older either…..our youngest (29) moved home over the last year and his son (4) spends 3 days a week here. Where does all the stuff come from? And why does it keep piling up!! (I have cancer and sometimes getting up early just doesn’t work….hope it ends soon for all of us!) 💗

  8. February 23, 2021 / 12:20 pm

    I’m sending you good vibes Heather. I’m going to keep taking it day by day over here

  9. Heather Swanson
    February 23, 2021 / 2:05 pm

    save time to volunteer

  10. Heather Swanson
    February 26, 2021 / 7:41 am

    Pull together as a team

  11. Heather Swanson
    February 27, 2021 / 8:47 am

    don’t be afraid to ask for help