Top 3 Tips For Work At Home Parents
I work from home whilst also Home Educating Corben and playing taxi to our teenage girls. I’m often asked for tips on how I balance all of this and make it work.
Well here you go, my Top 3 Tips For Work At Home Parents.
PS. Tried and tested, by me.
TIP 1 | Utilise Bathtime
Corben takes some of his figures into the bath and gets lost in a magical world of Killer Crocs and Scuba Diving Batman. Whilst he splashes water to cover every inch of the bathroom, I sit on the toilet with the laptop trying to go through emails with my arm in a guarding position, you know like when someone was trying to copy your work at school and you wrapped your arm around your work book. I manage to get approx 1.5 emails read in-between the ‘Corben the water is splashing all over the side!’ and the ‘How did the dog get up here, Peppa you’re not getting in the bath!’
TIP 2 | Share All Of Your Office/Work Stationery & Gadgets
When working from home you build up your own equipment over time, things that enable you to do your job, that brings the money in, you know that pays for food and stuff. But, kids also need stationary and your gadgets are always better than theirs, because they’re for work, again to earn money. Kids will always need to borrow your pens, you should take a deep breath and happily hand over your favourite pen and quickly come to terms with the fact you’ll never see it again. Then get on with some work on the laptop where no pen is required. The alternative involves moaning whining child voices, explaining how, when, where and why they no longer have their own pen that you bought them so that they wouldn’t need to STEAL yours anymore. Bonus tips for the gadgets > If you need selfie sticks, tripods and SD cards etc, buy them, hide them and never use them because the moment you do they will be ‘borrowed’ and never returned!
TIP 3 | Think Carefully About Where To Set Up Your Home Office
You don’t want it to be upstairs out of the way where you could sit quietly, think clearly and focus better. That will dull your work ethic and not challenge you, its simply too easy. You want to install a work desk as close to the action as possible. You want to challenge yourself to read, process and respond to work related situations whilst the oven is on, Ryan’s Toy Reviews has been cast at full volume to the big tele, one kid is asking for a pen and the other is beating the third sibling with a lightsaber. That’s when you find out what you can offer to your clients and should definitely be noted down on paper for when you next update your CV, well, once you’ve found a pen.
There you have it, tried and tested by myself and guaranteed to challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally! I’d love to hear if any of these tips work for you and feel free to share your tips with me in the comments…
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