Working from home can prove quite challenging. Last time we talked about 3 ways in which to get organized so you can be as productive as possible at home without a boss looking over your your shoulder to keep you going. Here ‘s a quick recap for your skimming perusal:
Tips for Working from Home
- Make a plan. Use a physical calendar or an online version and write down/type when projects are due.
- Make a schedule. Schedule when you can actually get the work done.
- Make changes in order to be productive. Find a consistent space to work, clear your work space of distractions, and/or try a sound machine to tune out unwanted noise that can steal your focus.
These are helpful tips, but some of you may be wondering what to do with the kids during your work time? Thus, I thought I’d add my top 3 tips for how to work and still be a parent.
- Work while the kids sleep or are at school. The best time to work is when your kids are happily occupied. That usually means during nap time, school time, and bed time. It may be hard to motivate yourself to work during your “down time,” but it’s the best way to work and still be a “present” parent.
- Make a work co-op. Not everyone has the benefit of a school day or consistent nap time. In that case, it may be wise to set up a work co-op. This entails finding a friend or two you can switch off with for child care so you both can spend time with the kids separately, but also have your own individual time to work or get caught up. The added benefit is that instead of being sad that you’re working, your kids get to spend time with their friends or a favorite babysitter.
- Keep special toys or movies for work time. As ideal as it is to work while the kids are asleep or at school, there are times that you have to get something done. When that happens, it’s good to have a basket of special toys you only pull out for such times, or a movie or TV time that is unexpected so that a little extra work time for you isn’t such a bummer for your kids.
To effectively work from home as a stay-at-home parent is a two-pronged process: getting organized on your end so you can be productive, as well as keeping your kids your priority. Hopefully, these tips will help you do just that.