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5 Habits for Working from Home Around Kids @HabitsGuy
The days of commuting to work are numbered and the days of working from home are on the rise.
But children have a hard time understanding that you are working from home.
All they see is a parent at home, who’s job is to feed, change, play, clean up after, and take care of them.
So what do you do? How do you reclaim your work hours while staying in the comfort of your home?
Get Up Early Get up as early as you possibly can, especially before your children wake up.
That quiet time, without children, will become your most effective time of the day.
Having that peace while working will help you focus your creativity into your work and finish up harder tasks.
Use Interruptions as Breaks No matter how well behaved your children are and how hard your spouse works, you will be interrupted.
Instead of ignoring the interruption or treating it like a distraction from your work, treat it like a mental break.
Just remember to keep track of your breaks and return to work after a good amount, like 10-15 minutes.
Act Like You’re Going to Work An effective morning routine helps your brain set up for the work day and gives you time to warm up.
Get up, take a shower, dress professionally, and grab some breakfast and coffee.
That way, you body and mind are expecting a normal work day instead of a lazy weekend in your pajamas.
Take Advantage of Online Tools One of the biggest downsides to working from home is not being able to collaborate with peers.
Luckily, we live in a day of technology filled with ways to fix this problem.
• Be part of the conversation with chat programs and collaboration tools. • Run digital meetings from your computer. • Work together on projects in real time.
Create a “Traffic Light” System Hang a sign over your work space that indicates your availability, with different signals representing expected behavior.
This helps communicate your needs with your children without actually needing to talk with them and risk being drawn into longer interruptions.
Separate Work from Home Set a firm time to end your work day, power down the computer and rejoin your family.
Want to stop procrastinating while working at home?