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My little guy turned one last month. And with turning one, he decided that it would be a good time to start taking one nap a day. Nap time is usually crunch time. It's an uninterrupted 1.5- to 2-hour stretch of pure concentration. I'm usually able to knock out quite a bit of work in that time, so when he decided to only take one nap a day, I started to freak out a little. When it comes to parenting, I've learned to roll with the punches and adapt to whatever change my little guy is going through at the time. Here are some tips that have gotten me through these first few weeks of one nap.
Only keep a few toys out.If I put all of his toys out, he easily becomes bored with them. If I hide some in another room, and then bring them out, it's like he has brand-new toys again.
Set your desk up in the main living area.This one isn't always the most ideal, but it works the best. I have my main desk in the office area, but I always set up shop at the dining table so I can watch him while he plays. When I'm working nearby, I can still talk to him, smile at him and jump on the floor for a quick cuddle session.
When the baby is napping, you better be crunching.Seriously, don't take a nap or watch TV. Get yourself laser-focused and get to work. Nap time is crunch time, and if you miss out on getting work done during nap time, you aren't going to be too happy about it later. Set up a cozy area and work wherever you want while the baby is napping. Move back to your desk, if that's where you focus best. Do what's best for you!
Flip on an educational baby show if you have to. I try not to do this all of the time, but I think a half hour of TV isn't going to hurt anyone. There is a baby nursery rhyme video on YouTube that always does the trick. The video literally has over 74 million views, so obviously I'm not the only one who has come across this goldmine. You're probably wanting that link, right? Here's the video. Pull it out in case of emergency.
Work after you put the little one to bed. This tip isn't much fun, but it's essential. If I want to get everything done that I need to get done, I have to work for at least an hour after I put him to bed. I'm usually so exhausted after I put him down that all I want is a glass of wine, and to partake in some Netflix and chill. When the exhaustion sets in, I try to look at something inspiring and that gets me back into work zone. I'll usually start reading online articles about entrepreneurship and blogging success stories and then I snap back into it.
Do you work from home? What are some tips that have made you more productive?