Let’s admit it, we are living in strange times. But hey! Since it’s a new experience, let’s make the most out of it. When you are used to going to the office for years now, a WFH set up might feel quite different. The most shared struggle is really juggling your time with needs at work and needs of kids. Here are a few things you can do to hack it!
Use an alarm clock
The regular waking schedule will give you a sense of control over how your day plays out.
Prioritize showering and getting dressed
No matter how tempting it is to be in your pajamas , don’t do it! Believe us when we say it makes a world of difference how you will feel.
Set a specific area for yourself
Though it may seem like the couch or the bed is the coziest place to work, a chair and a table is your best bet.
Leave the bedroom
Your resting place should remain your resting place. Otherwise you will find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to shut your work brain off.
Keep a scheduled lunch break and stop working
You can even do a scheduled online lunch break with people you work with or make that your play time with your kids. Take this time to catch up.
Insert your other activities before or after the work hours
Wake up early and workout, or watch a movie when the work day is over. Do something to detach from the work. At the end of the week, schedule an online dinner with friends or other relatives.
Ignore knockings on your door
For parents, if your children are constantly knocking on the door of the room you are working in, try avoid letting them in. Though they won’t get it immediately, they will eventually learn the discipline and concept that that is your work room.
Set your family play dates with your kids and stick to your word
When you tell you children you will play with them at a certain time, do it. If they know you mean what you say, they will learn to wait.
Schedule who can check up on the kids
If you and your husband are able to schedule your work load, try figuring out who can check on the kids when one is more in demand than the other.
Don’t procrastinate and let your work drag on to the weekend
Breaks are so crucial at this time. Make weekends your sacred family time.
Have checklists for the day on things you want to accomplish
Being able to see you are ticking tasks off will encourage you to keep your pace.
Don’t beat yourself up if you allow them a bit of gadget time
However try countering it with quality activities ones your hands free up.
Schedule online play dates for your kids with other playmates.
They can keep entertained talking to their friends and sharing their toys!
Have older kids babysit while working
Give your older kids a summer job of teaching or babysitting siblings while you work!
Talk to your kids about why you need to work and need their help
Talk to kids about why you need to work and that you need their help in making sure this setup does well. It’s also your chance to talk to them the value to responsibility and hard work.
Avoid unlimited gadget time
In the long run, you’ll be managing them more for this makes them fussier.
Ask grandparents to do online calls with your little ones too
I bet it’s a win win for all of you.