How to Work From Home with the Kids around in the Summer
Are the kids home and driving you crazy yet? This summer, without camp or summer school, kids are around much more, so intrusions and distractions abound. There are many different scenarios with little ones of different ages, but here are some tips to help get work done without the guilt of closing the office door on the kids all day long.
Plan “special” time. It doesn’t have to be a full day, but an hour or so around lunch or two hours at the pool can actually help productivity in the long run. The kids will have something to look forward to and the guilt meter will lessen.
Special activities with “conditions.” We all have to get work done before we can go somewhere fun — so should the kids. They are also more likely to be motivated to do chores when there is a fun reward waiting. Make a list of expected tasks (age appropriate of course). The kids may not do it as well as you, but at least something is getting done, it’s keeping them occupied and you’re able to get some work done at the same time!
Work in an out-of-the way space. Having an office on the main floor near an entryway is a recipe for disaster when kids are coming and going. If it’s possible to move to an out-of-the way place like a basement (which is cooler in the summer too) it will be quieter and there will be far less interruptions.
Play “bring your kids to work.” If there is an old computer around that the kids can use for playing games, set it up right in the office next to where you’re working. If they are able to play quietly, they can spend some time “working” nearby.
Change your working hours. With the kids home, count on the fact that there are going to be plenty of distractions. Plan some uninterrupted work time either early in the morning or late at night to ensure you’ll have time available for the kids during the day as well as quiet time to make sure work gets done and deadlines are met.
Get organized. Working with a professional organizer from Chaos To Order will not only minimize the paper piles, but setting up a good efficient system at home will enhance productivity, thus allowing more time with the kids.
Kid swap. Make plans with a friend nearby to swap play dates. This will be fun for the kids as well as a way to squeeze in some quality work time.
Remember, the work will always be there, but kids grow up very quickly. Prioritize and make an effort to have fun with yours this summer!