March 13th marks the one-year anniversary of my exclusively working from home. I’ve had a flexible schedule for many years and feel fortunate that my role as CFO does not require me to be in the office five days a week. I used to spend my flex days working in a coffee shop or spread out on my kitchen table. Now that I remote work exclusively from home, and co-share my space with my teenage daughter, I’ve instituted a few hacks to make this phase a success for both of us.
Working from home with your kids in the house is stressful. Try your best to create schedules and systems that work for everyone. Be kind to yourself and be flexible. Remember, you are not alone!
Creating your own workspace or home office is vital when working from home. Having a designated workspace helps maintain normalcy along with creating a strict divide between your work life and our home life.
For moms with kids online schooling, creating dedicated school space for the kids is just as vital. This dedicated school space lends more structure and allows them to be more productive.
Many working mothers carve out personal time somewhere between home and work. I carved private time during my weekly commute from Los Angeles to New Mexico, an exhausting routine with the upside of having time to myself.
Time set aside just for you is crucial to avoid burnout, and you deserve it! It can be as little as five minutes a day, create a ritual and make it yours.
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There are a lot of perks to working at home. To stay focused and happy, institute home office rules and routines.
Breaks and moving your body is important for your productivity, energy, focus, sleep, creativity and so much more. Your kids need breaks too so schedule your breaks around their schedule. Do something different than work or school.
Make it’s something you enjoy!
Try not to
It’s hard enough when you are at the office but at home surrounded by daily household tasks and your kids begging for attention, avoiding distractions is next to impossible.
To be most productive, I identify my number one priority each day and get it done before my daughter wakes up. If the mornings don’t work, wait until they go to bed or when your spouse or caretaker is available. The important thing is to complete one priority per day. Fill the rest of your day with less important to-do tasks and don’t feel stressed when your day is derailed by a household emergency.
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