5 ways to navigate your new workspace
With the current status of our world, many of us have had to start working from home. We have traded in our everyday coworkers with some smaller ones who demand a lot more of your attention. So how do you balance it all? Here are some tips for working from home with small children.
-Create a Schedule: Creating a schedule for your kids will help keep them busy so you can get work done. Make it age-appropriate for your child as well. Set up some time to color, to watch TV, to read, etc. Giving them a structured schedule will help keep them on course so you can stick to your work schedule.
-Let them “work” with you: Be creative. Set a chair next to you and give them some crayons and paper and tell them to draw a picture for work. Do they have a toy computer? Let them work on that!
-Take Advantage of Nap Time: If you are lucky enough to have a child who still takes naps utilize that time to make your important phone calls and get the bulk of your work done.
-Plan to be interrupted: There is no getting around it. Your kids are going to bug you while you work. Don’t get too stressed about it. You work from home and that part comes with the territory. In between work tasks take a few moments to acknowledge their needs and give them some attention. Those few moments will help them let you work for a bit longer.
-Don’t be afraid to ask for help: We all need help from time to time. If you just can’t find the balance it is okay to ask for help. Reach out to a baby sitter even if it is only for a few hours a day that will definitely help.
There is no way around it. Working from home is not the dream some people think it is. In some cases, it is harder than working at a brick and mortar location but you and your mini coworkers have got this!