Working at home with kids is near impossible. But with a little ingenuity and a set schedule, you can successfully accomplish quite a lot when using these tips on working at home with kids.
Both my husband and I work from home quite often. This business of being an Influencer, Blogger, Writer, Free-lancer often means being at home with at two-six children running around. Anytime the kids are home that means lots of interruptions and chaos in the background, which sometimes translates to not being able to accomplish anything!
I have found some tips and tricks that help me stay on task and focused while working at home. I really enjoy working from home on the days I can. Both the kids and I have gotten into a good rhythm of working as a team.
Create a Schedule
Routines are important for kids (and adults too!). Schedules make clear to everyone what is happening and when. I like to make a quick schedule with times written down for both the kids and I.
Now that two of my kids can tell time, they update everyone on how long they have left until the next activity on the schedule.
Make time for FUN
Always make time for fun when working at home with the kids. When you give them your undivided attention for even a small period of time, they will be more willing to allow you time alone to focus on your work.
Whether it’s an impromptu dance party, throwing a ball outside, reading a book, or coloring… all of these are easy ways to show your children that they are still important to you even though you are working. And they are activities that don’t take long to do.
Install a Whole Home Wi-Fi System
We used to be limited to working in two rooms in our home where the wi-fi was strong. Or we had to limit devices on the internet to one at a time to keep from slow loading times. It was so frustrating.
We installed the Deco M5 Wi-Fi system and now I can work from any room in the house and even on our backyard patio! It’s amazing!
With the Deco M5 whole-home Wi-Fi system, I can sit in the playroom with my laptop and work while the kids are playing or let everyone on their electronic devices at the same time with no problems at all!
TP-Link HomeCare also allows me to have amazing parental controls so I can manage and monitor access of network services for all of my children by time allowance.
The Deco system is easy to install and set up. I tested it’s full capacity with every phone, kindle, laptop & iPad streaming something from the internet at the same time in different rooms, it totally handled it with no problem!
Work in small increments
Reality is you will have interruptions when working at home with children. Learn to work in small increments and break up tasks into steps that can be accomplished in shorter spurts of work time.
I had to learn that 15 minutes of solid work time is accomplishing a lot! I use a task manager to help me stay on target for getting each step done.
Involve the Kids
If you are working at home with the kids find little ways to involve them in what you are doing or give them their own tasks similar to what you are doing.
If I am writing in a notebook and taking notes, I give them a notepad and pencil and tell them to take notes. Same with photography, cooking, and other things involved with my work.
They proudly announce to daddy that they helped mommy work today when he comes home.
Take time off
Working from home often means that the work is never done because you can’t “leave work at the office.”
Make a conscious decision to put down the laptop and get out of work mode and take time off.
You can’t work 24 hours a day. Make time to enjoy your children and your family.
This will keep you refreshed and ready to get back at it tomorrow.
When I use these easy tips on working at home with kids, I actually accomplish quite a lot!
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