Every working parent prays for more hours in a day - but the number of hours received never changes. Nowadays, it seems like a tall order to muster up the willpower to keep your family in tact when you have to take work home every day.
But there are ways to ensure you keep your mental sanity and successful career as a parent. Here are a few ways you can maintain harmony in your home while working from home from parents who are making it happen.
1. Run away
Parents often forget to make space for themselves in the process! Rozalynn Goodwin, mom of two, says, "run away! Seriously. Making and taking even a few minutes for yourself each day is a must. I wake up before everyone to escape to the gym and regularly take walks alone to clear my head and de-stress".
2. Use nap times
When there are children at home running around, it can be tricky to tend to meetings. Tiffany Williams, mom of one, suggests, "schedule calls and meetings around nap time". This ensures you minimize any distractions, while making adjustments as necessary.
3. Prepare your day
As a father of four children, Anthony Barrett finds the importance of preparing for your day as if you're heading into the office. He says, "schedule a break and set aside thirty minutes for decompression. It could be a physical activity, meditation or reading a book to let your imagination run wild to alleviate the unseen stresses.”
4. Get out of the house
Get out of the house, get some air! Nicole Brown, as a mom of four, cannot agree to this even more. She adds, "whether that be taking a lunch break - even if it's just sitting on your porch. Create boundaries for yourself! When you from home you are always at work and if you don't set boundaries you can find yourself constantly working, multitasking work with family and home time, etc. Try to adhere to as much as you can "clock out" time where you do not work while at home.”
5. Create a set routine
Nikki Klugh, mom of four suggests creating a plan that includes waking times, bed times, meals and activities. Klugh says, "keep a routine as much as possible so that the days have structure and a sense of purpose. Prepare a meal calendar as a family and incorporate their favorite self prepared meals. Be sure to be kind to yourself and each other".
In whatever tip you use, allow yourself and your children to be felt, discussed and supported. This is a challenging time for us all. Empathy and connection can go a long way.