I understand it may sound strange to a few people in Uganda because working from home was not popular in the formal sector not until the outbreak of coronavirus. Most people mastered working at home is for the informal sector.
However, with technological advancement, there are several businesses and jobs that people do at home. Bloggers, remote workers, crypto-traders, content writers, online marketers, small scale business owners like grocery shops and retail shops are the few mentioned home jobs that people do at their homes.
As a home working mum, I assure you that working at home is fun and convenient however it has a million interferences. When I had just started remote working, my children were overjoyed to see mummy at home. I barely got time to sit on the computer to accomplish tasks because they were around me all the time. Sometimes they would show up during the Skype meeting, and that was unprofessional. Therefore, to avoid unprofessionalism and performance decline, consider;
Planning yourself: Taking care of children involves cooking, cleaning, dropping and picking them up from school when you have school-going children. It is a job on its own. So, you have to plan yourself and do everything on time. Write down the work plan and to-do list. As a writer, I prefer writing very early in the morning when children are sleeping. I do the reading and researching in the evening when they are asleep too. Make sure food and snacks are ready for the kids to eat whenever they are hungry.
Share roles and responsibilities in the house: Accomplish house chores by seeking help from your husband, wife or older children. Working from home requires you to prioritize what is most important. To stay with a focused mind and energetic, you have to eliminate things that will exhaust you.
Set rules: To be on the safe side, you need to set up boundaries. Explain to children that you are working from home and do not want them involved in your business. Make sure you enforce the rules so that they learn. Working time is working time, and it means: I will shut the door, I expect no noise from you or visitors.
Occupy children with activities: A variety of activities will help keep the children occupied for a long time. Make sure that children have enough toys, games when on their electronics or with the caretaker. More still, sporty activities can be of added value.
Working from home is a dream come true for some mums because they earn as they watch over their children and maids. However, it is tiresome in the long run. To achieve your expectations and goals, you need to be gentle with your children and yourself.