HOW TO HANDLE THE CHALLENGE OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND A HOME-OFFICE?
Working from home can be challenging, but when our beloved children are on school holidays, it becomes even harder.
Here there are some tips to help you to balance your home-office with your parenting duties.
LET GO OF STRICT SCHEDULES
While planning ahead activities and tasks, it is crucial to get your work done, accepting that there will be interruptions, and the ideal schedule is hard to maintain is essential. So, you don’t carry on with additional frustration when small interruptions came up.
LET YOUR CHILDREN KNOW YOUR SCHEDULE
Children need to know the schedule in advance, knowing that even though you are at home, you will be unable to play with them or give them attention during specific time frames, it will help them to give you some space.
Try to stick to the schedule, don’t give in easily, the temptation to go and solve children’s problem it’s within you, however, the most time that you show to your children that you carry on with your duties and schedule will help to establish boundaries.
ARRANGE CHILDREN’S FUN IN ADVANCE
Children forget about you when they are having fun.
Planning activities that they like and giving them all the resources they need to accomplish it, will save you time and enable you to do your own work.
Just remember not all the activities must be what do you want them to do, sometimes they need their own creative time, full of fun, no all of what you consider good is fun to them.
CREATE MENTAL DISTANCE
having a home office is demanding because our minds don’t distinguish whether it is work time or family time that is why it is important to create sets of rules which enable us to get into the right mindset.
Some of the rules that you must establish include:
Time table, routines help your family and yourself to identify whether is work time or family time.
What kind of situations are emergencies? Determining ahead what sort of circumstances are you going to pay attention to, it will help you to avoid the temptation to give in to any problem at home.
Try to have a private office if it is possible, physical boundaries clarify and improve mindsets. If having your own office is not a possibility then set up an area for your work activities and get sound-cancelling headphones.
Finally, remember that securing your office activities through a correctly handling of sensitive information is as important as handling your work-life balance.
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