One of the toughest challenges I hear people tell me about working from home is having to share their home office with their kids. It’s hard to concentrate or complete your tasks while your kids are learning remotely at home.
Here are 5 tips to help you if you’re having a difficult time:
Create a schedule/routine
Share a morning routine with your kids to get everyone started on their day. This could be tasks like getting dressed, having breakfast, and going for a walk. It will help everyone prepare to start their work/school day.
You can do the same thing after your work is done. It’s hard to mentally clock out when you’re working from home. Doing activities like going over your to do list for the next day or taking an afternoon walk lets your brain know work is done.
Create a working from home setup
As tempting as it is to just work on the living room or the kitchen table, having a dedicated space to set up your home office will help you. A good tip is to try to find a space with a door to minimize interruptions. You can then communicate to our kids that they should knock before entering or if you’re about to jump into a Zoom meeting to not come in.
Invest time with your kids
Plan your break and downtime activities. You can use a break to check in with your kids and school or to hang out and play with them. Consider also having some time to yourself to relax and recharge.
It’s important to communicate with your boss about your current situation. You may need to discuss your schedule and when you will not be available, but you have to be clear and present an action plan. This is a good example:
“As I transition to working from home, I wanted to share that I am also responsible for my three kids, who I will be homeschooling for the time being due to school closures. I am creating a schedule that I will share with you so that you’re aware of when I will be available or unavailable for calls or collaboration. I am absolutely committed to maintaining the level of excellence you expect and will remain in close communication with you so you’re clear on how I’m meeting our goals. I appreciate your support and look forward to navigating this together.”
Remember that we are in an extraordinary situation that none of us have encountered before. Stay flexible for any changes that may come up. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re doing the best you can.
If you ever find that you need to get out of the house for a few hours or even a day, we have flexible options at VenturePoint. You can use our coworking space, conference rooms and private offices per hour, day or week.
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