The coronavirus pandemic has taken us all into strange and unfamiliar territories. For the first time, many of us are working from home, which can be daunting by itself.
Schools and nurseries are closed to everyone but the most essential of workers, so we are all now trying to navigate getting work done while looking after children, which is anything but easy. In this post, we are going to have a look at some tips to make this situation a little more manageable for remote workers.
Most of us are used to working to a predictable work schedule. However, in this situation, it is unlikely to be possible all of the time. Flexibility is key to making it work. If nothing else, it will stop you from feeling stressed about not being able to work to the same extent you are used to. There will be days where everything goes to plan, and days where you feel like you, are chasing your own tail.
Set up a dedicated workspace
If at all possible, find a space in your home that you can set up as an office. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown office, but somewhere to keep your work essentials and get all your work done. Pick a location that is quiet to try and help maximize productivity levels. If your children are old enough, implement a ‘closed-door’ policy – if your door is closed, they are not to interrupt you unless it is an emergency.
You will still get disturbed from time to time, but less so than if you were working on the sofa or at the kitchen table.
Plan some activities for the kids
You will find it much easier to get your work done if your kids are kept busy with activities. There are plenty of ‘lockdown’ groups on social media with ideas, and my other blog, Coffee Cake Kids, has some fun ideas to help to keep the kids happy. If you want to keep it educational, websites such as Twinkl are offering free memberships at the moment to help you keep your children learning.
Share household responsibilities
Assuming you aren’t in a single-parent household, your partner, unless they are a key worker, is likely to be in a similar situation, and it is important to share the load between you. This goes for both looking after your children and household responsibilities.
Have predetermined work times – one of you can go and shut yourself away and work for a couple of hours while the other looks after the kids, and then swap over. It’s not ideal, but then there are no perfect solutions to this problem at the moment.
Talk to your boss
Everyone is feeling the strain at the moment, including your boss. If you are finding it difficult, talk to them about your situation. A good manager will understand that this can’t be helped and will help you to find a way to juggle your workload while keeping your family safe, healthy and happy