From the article: Working During Naps Dos and Don'ts
Many work at home moms plan their whole day around their child's nap. When else but naptime do they get a long stretch of quiet? But the problem with working during naptime can be that naps are not always consistent. How do you deal with this? What kind of things do you do while your child naps? Tell Us
- I am usually lucky and get 2-3 hour overlap of naps between my preschooler and toddler. This is key productivity time -- but not every day is "work" time. I break up the week into time slots that are used for chores, bills and paperwork for the family, and freelance work. Afternoon naps and the 3 hours I get out night are divided into these slots. For naptime, I usually do things in which it will be okay if I get interrupted - clean email out, organize paperwork, make to do lists and general organization then move on to household duties like prepping for dinner or cleaning up the morning chaos.
- —Guest Jessica
Something I enjoy
- If it's been a particularly tough time for me getting work done because my little ones need my attention, I often feel frazzled. so instead of diving into work the minute they are asleep, I take a little time to get my bearings. I might read a magazine or call a friend. I try not to spend too much time on this because I do need to work. But taking a moment to enjoy myself is better for me and my kids.
- —Guest Erin