It is without a doubt challenging working from home while trying to keep the children entertained and up to date with schoolwork. As most of us can relate, it is as if an interior switch flips on as soon as we sit down to start working. Following several trial and errors, we have assembled a list of tactics:
Choose your designated home office space
It would unquestionably be necessary to not totally detach yourself from the youngsters if nobody else is around to keep an eye on them, but the kitchen table wouldn’t be the ideal workspace either. The perfect space would be a sufficient bright zone in your home that will empower you to sort out your records, limit interferences and remain focused.
Have the talk
Most children are mature enough to keep themselves involved, clarify the circumstances and that you will have to stay centred for the duration of the day with limited interferences. Reassure them that they are a part of the group and their important job is to support you to stay beneficial and remain productive.
With most of the world in lockdown, the caller on the other line will understand a noisy background but nothing is as embarrassing as background noise so loud that the objective of the conversation cannot be accomplished.
Rehearse and practice a calm time routine, if the phone rings and you leave the room or if the door is open and the children see you on the phone that they follow or enter the space in a calm and silent matter until your call has been completed.
Set objectives for your kids to keep them involved and offer them a prize if they meet the objective. Not only will this allow you to finish your task, but it will also invest quality time with them after you have completed your task.
Tag team with your partner
As much as both of you have to work, the children also need attention and assistance with their schoolwork. Work out a routine where one parent works and the other attends to the children.
Early bird catches the “work”
To maximize your workday become an early riser. Most children aren’t awake before sunrise and if you can work around getting up a bit earlier, you can get a lot done before the madness begins. If you are not in the state of mind to begin working at 5am, use this time to get things sorted out for the afternoon and do a couple of errands around the house.
Even though we as grown-ups are overcome with work and trying to do everything to keep our businesses/jobs secure, we must be realistic. It cannot be expected that children sit in a corner for long hours while you work. Remember that you are the fundamental fascination for your little ones during this time.
Balancing children and a full-fledged workload is difficult, but it can be done. Remember to treat yourself and to take time to breathe and to take a break. If you can spare some time destress by doing activities together with the family like baking or making each other’s favourite meals. Regardless of how you wind down, take time to pamper yourself and avoid burning out and crashing into a mental brick wall from work overload. Most importantly, remember that this lockdown is temporary, hang in there, this too shall pass.