Lockdown diary 2020 : tools and tips from a Digital Mum
At the start of lockdown, Jono Ellis gave us some tools and tips for surviving lockdown life as a Digital Dad. In the eighth week of lockdown, when many of us may be in need of a few more tips, Anusree Raju shares how she’s coping with juggling work and parenting in lockdown as the Mum of a pre-schooler.
The year 2020 started off on a joyous note for me with the excitement of starting my new job at SG. Like most of us, I was looking forward to our family vacation in April to visit our loved ones. But things took a sharp turn with the arrival of Covid19, turning the world upside down. With the lockdown still in place, I have slowly come to terms with this new ‘normal’.
Being a mum to my 2-year-old who seeks constant attention (cuteness I wouldn’t complain about!) and juggling work alongside is challenging. Here’s some tips and tricks which I tried – not all worked for me, but might help you.
- Start your day early – Trying to get an early start to the day before my little one is up puts me in a great space of positive energy for the day ahead. I must say I haven’t perfected this yet, but I will get there sooner than later.
- Plan kids’ activities – Thanks to Google and my other parent friends, the following activities helped me to keep my kid active and engaged so far:
- Reading books (even though I sometimes ended up reading the same book for the umpteenth time!)
- Using learning apps like Lingo kids
- Online Zoom calls with friends and family
- Pinterest inspired DIY activities
- Getting some fresh air on the balcony or the garden downstairs
- TV time is restricted but when we do, we set a timer.
- Watching learning videos from Play to Learn Preschool – one video per day.
- Having a visual daily routine worked well for us too!
- Create a work and home schedule – Setting up a separate workspace helped me to stay on my work schedule. A few months ago I’d never have dreamt that before setting up a meeting, in addition to our team members’, my partner and I would now regularly check each other’s calendar to ensure one of us is taking care of our child.
- Learn something new – I recently installed Audible app to give audio books a try and I must say, I really enjoyed listening to ‘Becoming’ audiobook narrated by Michelle Obama herself while doing the household activities post work.
- Pamper yourself – I set aside some ‘me’ time every day to do things I enjoy with either my partner’s help or after my wee one is asleep. This really helps me a lot to unwind and relax.
- Declutter – I am no Marie Kondo but decluttering my closet during weekend did help clearing my mind too!
- Keep a gratitude journal – In such times, I feel grateful for those little things in life that brings happiness like rays of sunshine or a smile on my loved ones. I try to write about it in one line whenever I can.
In retrospect, an important lesson I learnt is – don’t stress yourself for not getting things done! It’s okay. But remember to keep going and never give up. Keep your hope alive.
As a wise saying goes, this too shall pass.