My company adopted work-from-home measures during the epidemic. However, I need to take care of my children's homework, which makes it difficult for me to concentrate on work, so I often finish work much later than desired. Are there any good ways for me to maintain work-life balance under the epidemic?
Working at home may require one to take care of their children's homework while also focusing on their own job, which is very demanding. I believe every dual-career parent in Hong Kong encounters the same issues. You can review your children's timetable and see if you can spare five minutes in the morning and afternoon to take a nap with your children or to prepare some snacks and drinks for each other, which can cheer up your children and yourself. You can also have a simple lunch with your children, and play some mini games after dinner to enjoy parent-child time.
For small kids, such as those who are in kindergarten or have never attended school, it is necessary to arrange some relatives, friends or close neighbours to take care of the children. If you have neighbours with children about the same age as yours, you can take the initiative to get acquainted with them and help each other. This means that your children can play together and learn from each other, while parents can take turns taking care of each other’s children.
In addition to the above, you can discuss with your boss if you can arrange for work deadlines to be at night. When your children go to bed, you can concentrate on your work to make up for the tasks that cannot be taken care of during the day. However, you must have a clearly defined timetable for this, as you will need to avoid overworking. It is important to allow yourself enough rest time to start another fulfilling day.