At the present time, your days might be loaded up with adjusting business, kids, tasks, wellbeing, and everything else the world is tossing at you.
Commotion and interruptions don’t make for an exceptionally gainful workplace. It may feel like you can’t complete anything. With everybody stuck at the house throughout the day, it’s essential to make limits so you can remain rational and still focus on your business consistently and productively.
Here are three tips to assist you with remaining engaged and gainful when you’re in work-mode, so you can be completely present and calm for your family.
1. Create Home Routines for Your Family
Schedules create a much-needed structure for the day. Do you already have a schedule for your work? If not, you could structure your time so that you focus on your marketing and sales in the morning and client work in the afternoons. Or you could structure your weeks by scheduling certain days to work on your business, and other days to work in your business.
Ensure your children have an every day standard too. Assign certain times for school, eating, playing, reading, and heading outside. Your children don’t necessarily need a color-coded, hour-by-hour schedule however blocks of free time do wonders if you have little ones running around. It allows you the time to expect to get some important work done, while you know they are busy coloring for 30 minutes.
Maybe it’s an option to work on a different time schedule that everyone else does. For myself, I wake up two hours before my daughter wakes up. (Can anyone say COFFEE!) I’m able to start my day off early by communicating with my team, check in with clients, and work on my marketing pieces.
A normal part of our routine once my daughter wakes up is to go outside to feed the chickens and rabbit together, work on the garden, and then head inside for breakfast. While she eats, I jump back on my computer!
For older kids, try setting up specific quiet times where they can focus on schoolwork or take the time to enjoy their favorite hobby. Your kids will quickly adapt to this new schedule, giving you the time and concentration you need to focus on your business.
2. Be Flexible with Your Routines
Be empathetic with yourself and your children if interferences emerge throughout the day. We’re encountering exceptional difficulties and kids may experience difficulty handling the feelings they are managing.
Just because change is good, doesn’t mean its always easy, give your children some time to adjust.
Somebody will pitch a fit or make a mess. In those minutes, stop your work and handle the circumstance. Be delicate with your children and yourself at these times.
In Shonda Rhimes’s book, “Year of Yes” she talks about always saying yes to her kids. It might be a tantrum or it might be a request to play. What she found is that her kids often just wanted 15 minutes of her time before they moved on to something else.
No matter how busy I am with work, I can always say yes to my daughter.
3. Plan Alone Time
Having a quiet place to think and plan is so important for your workday and for your mental health. It’s hard to run on empty, so taking the time to recharge and think is beneficial to your business.
Maybe this looks like hiding in the house to watch a movie alone or a walk by yourself. Whatever it looks like, just get that time to be yourself.
Finding Time for Both You and Your Family
Setting a routine for you and your household will make working in a full house, a little bit easier. Make sure to set times to focus on business and times to focus on family.
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