When I first began working from home two years ago, I thought I had made it. I was able to make my own hours, enjoy a commute of walking from my bedroom to my new office and focus solely on giving my business the attention it needed.
It sounds like a dream right? Ha! It is! Working from home, especially as a parent, has a lot more challenges then I anticipated. Now that many of us are finding ourself working from our home, apartment or condo, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks that have helped myself, my spouse and my kids be as productive as we can while we work through this pandemic.
Get Up Before The Family :
Sleeping out sounds like a dream I’m sure but one of the biggest ways to get ahead of the chaotic moments is by getting up before everyone else. It could be a half-hour, an hour or two depending on how you plan on using your time. For me, I love getting a work out in from my very own living room or going on a run to burn off energy and get my mind in a clear space. After that I have a gratitude journal where I write down 3-5 things I’m grateful for, have a cup of coffee, take a shower and get breakfast going for my family members.
Open The Curtains :
Even if you wake up and the weather is gloomy, open up the windows and your curtains to let in some light. If it’s a rainy day, grab one of my favorite therapy lights to keep yourself energized and in a good productive mood.
Create A Motivating Space:
Depending on where you are working on in your home, make the space your own. If it’s a small corner in your bedroom, add some decorative and inspiring quotes nearby, grab a planner to keep things organized and a comfortable chair and desk to hold your items. I like to have a few organizational pieces to keep things tidy such as these pencil holders, oil defuser, a bouquet of flowers and a desk organizer.
Let Everyone Know You’re Working:
One of the biggest struggles my spouse and I have now that we are both home and also attempting to home school the kids is when we need our own alone time to work. You might think the flexibility to go out and grab a coffee at 11am is easy to do but it actually destroyed my productivity, especially if some of these happen to be in the middle of the day and you’re in the middle of getting all your work done. For this reason, we both set boundaries. I find that I work my best in the morning so I’ll have Zach take the kids for an hour while I sit with headphones in and concentrate on my tasks. If Zach has a conference call, then we switch and I’ll take the kids outside or away from the office so he’s not distracted during his time.
Plan Your Week/Month:
At the end of each week, I’ll take out my planner and plan out my content either for the week or that month. I find that really helps me stay focused and motivated. I’m a visual person so seeing my month planned out in front of me helps to want to get things done, and done well. Since I do blog, I’ll write down some blog ideas throughout the month as they come to me. Once it’s the end of the month, I’ll put them into a planner like a content schedule! I also have a dry erase board that helps me look at everything as well.