Working from home is one thing. Working from home with kids is a whole different thing —and it can be really hard!
Here are some tips that will help you stay focused during your workday, even if your children are running around the house all day.
1- Create a schedule
Create a list of all the things you need to get done during the day and assign a category from most important to less important, so it’s easy to prioritize. Everyone will schedule in a certain way, but if you make it really visual, it will be way easier for you to see at a glance what needs to be done and what can wait.
2- Mind your kids’ body clock
Some expert work-from-home parents will tell you that the best thing you can do is to use your children’s body clock to your favor. You know when they wake up, when they get hungry, when they are too hyper and when they sit down to do their homework. Use that and create your schedule around it. Maybe place those tasks that require your full attention on those quiet hours and those tasks that don’t require much attention on the hours when your kids are more demanding.
3- Split your work into categories
A good way of organizing your daily tasks is to assign a focus category to each one. You can have a full-focus group of tasks, for example, conference calls or reports, a mid-focus, for example formatting documents, which you can do even if you are interrupted and a little-focus, like checking your e-mails while your children are screaming in the same room.
4- Meet for dinner
Balancing work and personal life while working from home can be really challenging, especially because after spending the day trying to multitask for several hours, you might not feel like talking. However, dinner time is the perfect time to slow down and leave the workday behind.
It will also give everyone the dose of family time they need and, believe it or not, is an excellent opportunity to talk about how the day went and what could be improved for the following day. This will get your kids involved and they will eventually improve their behavior.