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Apr 24, 2020 |
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Working From Home Tips - Coronavirus edition!

I have worked from home for 4 years now, but this is a new way of working for lots of people at the moment given the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Working from home with children added to the mix is a whole different kettle of fish, so I've put together some tips which will hopefully be helpful.

I have worked from home for 4 years now, but this is a new way of working for lots of people at the moment given the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Working from home with children added to the mix is a whole different kettle of fish, so I've put together some tips which will hopefully be helpful. 

1 - Plan – this is sometimes easier said than done, but if you have set days or times when you know children will be napping or you have a partner at home who can take children out for a walk or entertain them for short periods, plan your work around those times. Things won’t always go to plan, and that’s fine, don’t hold yourself to ransom! But try and figure out a few times each week when you know you can get some tasks done undisturbed. Knowing you have those slots in the diary will help you feel less distracted.


 
2 - Dedicate time to not working – this is just as important as planning time when you WILL be working. Having time when you say to yourself and family around you that you will be available to do things together is a good way to reduce the pressure. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get things done and constantly being interrupted or not getting as much done as you’d hoped, so set aside plenty of time to do fun things (if you’ve not already used up all your PVA glue and inspiration!!), that way you won’t feel guilty for taking time out to do your tasks when you do get time.
 
3 - Try and do work when children are on task – having young children at home is really hard when you are attempting to work from home too. Children are really struggling to get their heads around being off school, not seeing their friends, having parents telling them to do school work rather than their teachers. Even children who are usually really good at getting on with things independently seem to be needing more “help” with tasks than normal at the moment. If there are things that your children can do independently, make the most of those little spells of quiet to get a couple of extra tasks ticked off your list.


 
4 - Timeblock – this is a great tool to use day-to-day under normal cirucmstances, but it really does come into its own when time is even more precious. Block out chunks of time in your diary /calendar, whether they are 20 minute blocks or 2 hours and break tasks up into those chunks. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done if you stick to that one task and see it through to completion rather than jumping from one thing to another or answering emails as they pop up.


 
5 - Focus – when you do get the chance to be at your desk, try to focus on the tasks you need to get done, hide your phone in a drawer so you can’t be tempted to have a sneaky scroll through your social media and concentrate on what you must get through to hit those deadlines.


 
6 - Be honest – speak with your boss / clients and let them know your situation, chances are they are in exactly the same position themselves at home and will understand that at the moment you might not be working 9-5 or that things might take a little longer than normal to complete due to juggling other projects or children being at home.

7 - Don’t feel guilty – if things don’t go to plan, don’t feel guilty about it, that just adds more pressure to an already difficult situation. Also don’t feel guilty about children watching TV, playing on their computers, iPads etc. Everyone is finding it difficult and unless you actually are Mary Poppins, I think we can all admit it’s a struggle to get anywhere near as much done in a day as we would hope to.

Most importantly – don’t put too much pressure on yourself, this isn’t “Normal” so you aren’t going to be able to get as much done as you would nornally do in a work week, everyone has to adapt and accept that things are just a bit strange at the moment. People are worried about their finances, keeping safe, not being able to go and see family, remembering to wash hands every 5 minutes and not touching their faces! Try not to add to the pressure that is already upon us by giving yourself a hard time for not getting things done.

 

 

 

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