Many times you have to get things done even when your kids are up and about. It would be nice if you could tell them to go sit and play quietly while you work, but most of the time that is not going to happen. However there are some things you can do to stay productive even with the kids underfoot.
Here are five ways to stay productive:
1. Set aside work time – One of the most important aspects of working from home is setting aside time to do it. If you keep getting up and following the demands of the day you will never accomplish anything. Instead set aside a specific time every day that nothing else can barge in on. This time can be as long or as short as you need it to be. Once you set this time and the children get used to it then it will not be a big deal to them anymore and they will find other ways of entertaining themselves during working time.
2. Have kids help out – Another thing you can do to get work done is to involve your kids. Have them do their own work during work time. This can mean chores they can do alone, like cleaning their room or it can mean a craft project they can do without your help. Anything that keeps them quiet and productive is a good thing. It might even be a good time for homework!
3. Make an office – You need your own space when you are working from home. Create an office in an out of the way area. The kitchen or living room is usually not a good spot. Instead pick somewhere where you can work uninterrupted and your work things can stay safe.
4. Get some help – We all need help from time to time. If you need to get some work done and the kids just won’t be quiet then enlist some help. Maybe a friend or family member is willing to take the kids out for a couple hours a few times a week. Maybe a neighbor is willing to watch your kids during the week in exchange for watching hers during the weekend. Or you can bring in the professionals and hire a part time nanny or babysitter to keep the kids occupied during your working time.
5. Pick your battles – Last but not least make sure to be wise and pick your battles. Bedtime or getting ready for school time are not great hours to pick for work. Instead pick a time that does not clash with your child’s schedule. That may mean you wake up early or go to bed late, but do your best to pick a time that works for everyone. Working from home with kids can be hard at first but once you get a set schedule everything can go smoother. Make sure to set firm boundaries and let your kids know that your work is important too.
Many moms try to do too much, so keep your eyes on the goal and know it is okay to say no when you already have a full schedule.
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