Did you notice the question mark in the title? Currently, I’m taking a few weeks off and I find it is almost impossible to do any work while baby RB40 is awake. I’m talking blogging related tasks such as writing, reading other blogs, commenting, fixing technical issues, and a few other things using the laptop.
Here is baby RB40’s current daycare schedule.
Saturday – Sunday: Mom and dad are home
Monday: Dad home with baby
Tuesday – Thursday: Baby goes to daycare from 8 to 5pm.
Friday: Dad home with baby
On Monday and Friday, I can’t get anything done at all until baby RB40 goes down for a nap. If I turn on the laptop in his play area, he would come up to the coffee table and try to bang on the keyboard. He would get fussy and then move onto crying in a few minutes. I can get on the laptop for about 5 minutes and check emails very quickly. That’s about it.
How do stay at home mom bloggers do it??? I guess I can just ignore the little dude and let him cry for a while, but I can’t write anything with him wailing in my ears. It’s impossible to concentrate with him being so noisy.
Question > When will the little dude be able to entertain himself for about 10 minutes at a time? (General consensus seems to say this will happen when he is about three. Mrs. RB40)
Stay Productive when working from home
Anyway, I am much more productive on Tuesday to Thursday. Here are some of the things that help me stay focused and productive.
Work first. It’s best to start the day off right and get to work right away. If I goof off and read, play video games, or go to the store, it will be noon before I know it. If I get cracking right away, then usually I have a productive morning and that will set the tone for the rest of the day.
Productive work space. This one is a must for anyone working from home. You need a comfortable chair and an office desk in a quiet space. I’m most productive on my desktop computer in the home office. The laptop is nice, but a desktop with the big monitor and the full size keyboards greatly increase my productivity. In addition make sure your work space is primed with fast home phone and internet from Sonic or another provider so you don’t waste time for pages to load, etc.
Try a change of location. I find that if I have a writer’s block, it’s best to have a little change of scenery. I have been going to the library because it’s a great work space. It’s quite and there are a bunch of current magazines to help kick loose some ideas. Most importantly – they have free wifi and I don’t have to buy a coffee or anything. 🙂
I’m finding out the harsh truth about being a stay at home dad/blogger. It’s not easy to do anything, let alone being productive when the kiddo is around. Regardless, I have much more fun staying home with baby than going to my day job. Although I have to stay up late to do blog-related work, I am much more relaxed and my shoulders are even starting to feel better. They have been knotted up for months and it took some physical therapy + this time off to help them get better.
Well, if you are a stay at home mom/dad blogger, please share your secrets. FYI, baby RB40 is just a bit over 1 year old now.
Read Kevin’s post on where he gets his work done at Invest It Wisely.