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Tips for Balancing Remote Work and Full-Time Parenting During COVID-19

Posted on September 4, 2020 in 2020 Back To School Gift Guide

_By: Sheyla Scaffo, People Experience Associate & Executive Business Administrator at __Bunny Studio_

Many parents are currently navigating an entirely new normal: Working from home while taking care of their kids full-time. As school picks back up and many kids remain at home for remote learning, figuring out how to balance their schedule and a full-time job sometimes feels totally unmanageable.

Most parents have had experience working remotely in one-off, unplanned situations. However, working at home day in and day out for the foreseeable future while also caring for (and in some cases, teaching) kids at home proves to be a major struggle without careful planning where needed and flexibility when possible.

Read on to learn how to create better routines and habits that can help parents maintain a healthy work-life integration:

1. When possible, keep things flexible

This is often easier said than done. However, when you do have the ability, consider getting creative with your work schedule to base your hours around your kids’ schedules. Giving yourself the flexibility to work differently during this time is crucial to maintaining work-life balance.
This can work in a variety of ways. For example, if you’re an early morning person or a night owl, or you are used to commuting a long way, consider working on projects during these times when kids are usually sleeping. Of course, there will always be vital tasks and meetings that require collaboration with your colleagues during regular work hours, but finding ways to give yourself time for small breaks during the day will help you and your kids stay on track.

2. Establish a kid-free zone

There will be times when you need to hunker down and complete work items free from distractions, which is why it is important to establish an area of the house where you can separate yourself from your family.

Not only is it important for this space to be free from other people, but it also needs to be free from other distractions such as dirty laundry and other messes. Keeping the area clean and organized will keep you from wanting to disengage from work to complete other tasks.

3. Clearly communicate with your family

If you have a partner who is also working from home and sharing kid duties with you, it is crucial to communicate the times you can and cannot help out during the day. Setting these expectations will allow for a much smoother daily routine.  It is also important to communicate with your children if they are old enough. Set expectations for when there will be breaks in your day that you can check-in, whether it be a quick snack break, lunch, or even hourly check-ins.

4. Utilize special toys and screen time during work hours

Set aside designated toys and other gadgets, as well as movies or TV shows, to be used when you need to focus-in during the day. This will give your kids something to look forward to and will allow for some distraction-free work time.

5. Don’t overwork

During this time, it can be easy to feel like we need to push ourselves to work extra hours, but the reality is that taking the time to unplug and reset each day is critical to success as a parent and an
employee.

With schools and offices closed, parents are likely finding themselves faced with a to-do list that has only grown. Although many of us have now had a few months to settle into fully-remote work, that does not mean keeping up with distance-learning while figuring out the best way to accomplish your work has gotten any easier. Designing a schedule that fits your needs is easier said than done, but following the above tips should help ensure you are on the right track.  Should you find yourself out of work during this time, consider that there are other work options out there, such as freelance and contract work, that may help you meet your scheduling and finance needs.

Freelancing is also a great source of supplemental income for people while they look for new full-time employment. Just make sure you choose the right platform to help you get the right kind of projects, such as Bunny Studio

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MULAN – Now Available on Disney+ Premier Access

Posted on September 4, 2020 in Movies

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Clorox Scrubmate ~ For Those Tough To Clean Dishes

Posted on September 4, 2020 in 2020 Fall Gift Guide Reviews women

Clorox is one of my favorite brands, so when they introduced Scrubmate, I could resist trying it.  I use it, mostly, on my pots & pans.  It makes them crystal clean.  I love how clean my Kitchen becomes when using Scrubmate.  I even used them on my stove, and I’ve never, in 16 years, see my stove sparkle like that.

The Scrubmate has a wand, with refills.  It is so easy to exchange one out, for the other, without getting all messy.  You just snap the two side buttons, into the garbage can, and put the next scrubber on.  Super easy, and no time wasted!

About the Scrubmate:

  • Make kitchen cleaning easy with Clorox ScrubMate XL Power Scrubber Kitchen Refills; removes the toughest, most stubborn messes.
  • Effective and safe for use on granite, glass, wood, tile, grout, linoleum, plastic, porcelain and more. Not recommended for use on stainless steel.  
  • For use with the Clorox ScrubTastic Power Scrubber and other power cleaning tools; requires Clorox ScrubMate Adapter. 
  • Pack of four disposable pads eliminates the need to store and reuse dirty brushes. 
  • Pre-filled with soap, these bleach-free pads allow you to quickly clean at a touch of a button to power through those tough messes.
  • The bleach-free formula allows user to safely use product without damaging or staining surfaces.
  • Snap the no-mess scrubbing pad onto the adapter and eject the pad into the garbage after you are finished cleaning.

You can also buy refills for the Scrubmate, never having to replace the handle again.  Super fun to use, and makes everything sparkly.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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