It’s funny. As I started to plan “life with baby”, I totally imagined that a freelancing Gemini like myself would take the art of multi-tasking to astonishing new heights. It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I am a freelance producer, college lecturer and consultant. While pregnant, I envisioned myself continuing on after a brief post-birth hiatus, writing important emails on a laptop under one arm while nursing baby lovingly tucked under the other. Ha!
Truth is, I learned if I want to really frazzle myself (and Henry) beyond belief, I should try to take care of a newborn and work at the same time. The times I’ve tried to do both (out of necessity – lots to do with an event around the corner), I’ve had the worst days. The times I stopped what I was doing and spent time with Henry until he took a nap? The best days. The more productive days. And Henry appreciates it more, which is more important to me than anything.
So, here’s my first piece of advice as a new mom, given to other new moms and moms-to-be:
If you plan on working from home with a newborn baby, don’t try to work when they are awake. Spend quality time with them, feed them, play with them, love them up until they pass out. Then, work like your life depends on it. Mom-o-tasking.
In the spirit of TEDxMaui, being held on Sunday, January 13th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, here’s a bonus moment: check out this hilarious, lighting fast TEDGlobal talk about monotasking. I need this guy to multitask-proof my house!