For many of us, in less than a month, we’ve become homeschooling teachers, daytime childcare providers all while working full-time and maybe you’re also studying! This can feel a wee bit bananas! Here are a few simple things you can do to help create boundaries and keep everyone in your house sane…most importantly you. Remember how we need to put on our own mask first? That’s what I’m talking about.
1. Let your family know you’re going to work.
I’ve often told my kids unless the house is on fire or someone is experiencing a medical emergency, please wait til my break. It’s important that our family understands that although you’re in your work area, office, workspace, you are at work – just like if you had gotten in the car and driven to the office.
2. Take regular, scheduled breaks.
It’s possible while working from home for the hours to evaporate and before you know it, you’ve been at your desk for 10 hours. Also, it’s important that your family knows when they can expect to your see your face and have your undivided attention. Try to do something fun, shoot a few hoops, play a game of ping pong; something that will bring cheer and joy to their day and yours!
3. Take advantage of a flexible work schedule.
Embrace your inner early riser and get a few productive hours while the rest of your household is in slumberland. Reminds me of Benjamin Franklin famous quote, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”.
4. Close your door if you can.
If you don’t have a door, try to find another way to signal that you are not be interrupted unless the sky’s falling, see the acceptable reasons in # 1.
5. Give yourself and everyone else in your household a boatload of grace.
We’re all doing our best. We’re trying and we’re going to have some great days and some challenging ones too. It’s ok.
We’ll get through this. One day at a time.
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