Working from home comes with a number of challenges, which you know all too well if you’ve been telecommuting since the beginning of the pandemic. But when you’re trying to parent and work from the same place, things can easily spiral into chaos. Below, find a few tips for structuring your days in a way that creates more harmony for you and your family.
Healthy Morning Habits
The outcome of your day often relies on how well your mornings go.
- Establishing a routine will create a sense of calm for you and your family.
- Give yourself some quiet time, even if it’s just five minutes to drink your coffee in peace.
- Doing a quick yoga session in the morning can also improve your day and your health.
- Provide easy breakfast options that don’t create a lot of dishes to worry about later.
Getting Through the Workday
Keeping your kids engaged and staying on task is hard. However, these techniques can help.
- Establish a workday schedule that you can stick to.
- Set clear expectations about when you shouldn’t be disturbed.
- Give your kids something quiet to do, such as a reading list or selection of craft projects.
- If your kids struggle with reading, graphic novels might be a great solution.
Tips for More Peaceful Evenings
When you work from home, resist the urge to keep working when the day is over.
- Have a meal plan in place so you don’t have to think of dinners on the fly.
- Divide cooking and cleaning responsibilities so you aren’t doing it all alone.
- Don’t be afraid to outsource tasks you can’t stay on top of, such as a clean house.
- Find a fun way to bond together, such as watching movies or playing board games.
- Try to stick to a consistent bedtime, even if you have the freedom to get up whenever.
Balancing work and family life in the same space is often overwhelming. Making adjustments to your morning routine, workday habits and nighttime rituals can help reduce stress and make it easier for you to get everything done. Remember you don’t have to do it all alone. It’s always important for the whole family to help out and work as a team, but it matters even more during these times like these.