Being your own boss and managing your time seems ideal, but if you have kids this may not be such an easy thing to do. How can you work from home with kids and not die trying?
Although working from home has long been an option that many have chosen, the last year has made it possible to get a ton of jobs to work remotely. If you’re a stay-at-home Mom or Dad looking for a way to supplement your household income or even to provide it, how can you do thisand not die trying?
You may be starting your own online business or you may still be working remotely. Home office sounds like something wonderful, but trying to deal with work, kids, homeschooling, and housework may seem impossible. However here are some strategies to stay sane and productive and not dying in the effort.
1-Create a schedule
This is the first and most important step. It will provide structure for your family and will help you implement the rest of the tips. For every person this schedule will be different, but here is some advice that may help you get started.
Planning the day around your kids’ body clock and timetable is fundamental. This means taking into account at what time they are more likely to sit silently and watch tv or do school work and at what time they will need to be entertained more. Blocking hours in the early morning (before they wake up), nap time (if they still take a nap), or after bedtime to work, will help you organize your work hours better.
Dividing work according to how much concentration is required, and adapting this to their timetable also helps a lot.
2-Lower your expectations
If you are not used to working from home, you shouldn’t expect to get the same work done as you usually do. Many of us today, have to work from home 24/7 for the first time and this may take some time to master. Be sure to not schedule more than you can accomplish and get frustrated trying. With time, it will become easier and you’ll be able to get more work done.
3- Give your kids things to do
There are certain moments of the day when your children surely take care of themselves. This may be during their favorite tv show time, bath time (if they are not toddlers), while they play outside, or while they use their Playstation. But at other times they will need your attention. Think of things for them to do, invent games that keep them entertained, give them books they find interesting to read, or teach them how to play chess together, for example.
4- Find a place at home that is your designated workplace
Having a fixed place where you work will help you get in order sooner and make it easier to get started every day. It will also help your kids respect the time you are sitting there. They will already know that you are working when they see you there and get used to interrupting less during your work hours.
5- Pay attention when they need it.
If you spend your whole day working, your kids will end up asking for more attention than they would normally. Be sure to spend some time with them at some point, or stop your work a few minutes to see what they need to show you. This way they won’t feel left out of your new routine.