3 Strategies for working from home—with kids

So school is out and you are worried you won’t be nearly as productive as you were when school was in. Try these simple strategies to stay on track with your goals.

1. Create a Schedule

You are the CEO of your little family.  The success of the operations should be thoughtfully considered and planned just as you did your corporate work before you became a work from home mom.  Think of your home during the summer like a day care, or a camp (I call mines Camp Lytle).

You want some sort of structure or schedule that will manage expectations across the board.  Maybe you take it slow every Monday, or take a field trip every Wednesday or go swimming every Friday.  Perhaps you journal every morning, ride bikes every afternoon or play board games every night. 

Whatever or however, design a plan (with the help of the kids) and post it where everyone in the family can reference it.  This builds anticipation for the kids and gives them something to look forward to.  So when you are busy with work, they aren’t anxious because they know their time is scheduled too.

2. Wake up early
Kids can sleep in during the summer like its nobody’s business!!! If you sleep in too, you just lost hours of valuable concentration time! 

You will want to wake up early because they want to sleep late (but don’t let them go too far or they won’t go to sleep!)  Take advantage of this quality private time to plan the day, execute important work related tasks and set things in motion.

Have a set of activities and chores waiting on them when they finally wake to give you that extra time you need before you have to go into mommy mode. (i.e. Make your bed, brush your teeth, eat your cereal, shower, get dressed, write in your journal, read for 15 minutes, so on).

You’ll be amazed at how much you can crank out in these hours while the out-of-school kiddos are sleeping like babies and hitting their to-do list. If you work this properly, you can capture 3 to 4 hours of solid work time!

3. Get them active

You’ll be tempted to let them watch TV or play on their phones forever, but don’t do it.  At least wait until after there has been some physical activity to warrant the down time.

I love the park.  They will run up and down slides, swing, play and burn energy.  (You might even be able to sneak in some business calls).  Local festivals are great too because it involves a lot of walking, which is exercise. Don’t forget the community pool. Swimming is great activity and fun.

The point is, if you take them somewhere where they can exert energy, they will be tired afterwards. They may be interested in a nap. If not, you could allow them ‘screen time’ or other quiet independent activities (like coloring, puzzles, reading).  This should allow you to finish up something you didn’t finish in the morning.

These are just a few of many strategies that help me work with my kiddos while having summer fun. (I try to get in at least one week of a sports camp too, but I know that isn’t in the budget for every family).  I’d love to hear what you do to make it all work. 

Please share your ideas and comments.

@ladypastorpreneur:  Alicia is a wife, mom, pastor and business woman who helps other corporate women make the transition to working from home in direct sales (network marketing) so they can flexibly earn income while spending quality time with their families.  Learn more at alicialytle.com.

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