Many companies are continuing to have their employees work remotely as a safety precaution due to the unprecedented times that we are experiencing. Though there are some employees who have been enjoying the flexibility of working from home, there are also plenty of parents out there that have been struggling to have a positive work-life balance as they juggle their workload while also assisting their children with tasks around the house and virtual schooling.
If you or someone you know is having a tough time working at home with children present, here are some tips that may be able to help:
Plan Activities Ahead of Time: A very important step that you can take is to plan out some fun activities for your kiddos in advance. Set aside time at the beginning of each week and write down activities that your child can take part in that don’t need any supervision. Not only will this keep your child busy, but it will also give you a peace of mind that they aren’t getting into any trouble around the house.
Get Up Early: Try and get into the habit of going to bed a little earlier each night so that you can wake up early the next morning. This will give you some time to get a jump start on your day before your kids get up. Take this opportunity to plan out your day ahead, prep meals for your household, organize your work schedule, and put together activities and snacks for your kiddos. Getting up early may be hard at times, but it will help you feel more prepared and less stressed throughout the rest of the day.
Take Breaks: Trying to get all of your work done while also helping your children with their virtual schooling can become overwhelming, which is why it’s so crucial to take a break from time to time. If you are continuously working and/or helping teach your child during the day, odds are that you’re going to become burnt out, and when you start to endure burnout, your mental and physical health are going to take a hit. Set a timer every 45 minutes to remind yourself to take a break, and then proceed to take this time to do something that will benefit your mind, body, or soul – stretch, have a healthy snack, or go on a short walk, for example.
Ask For Help: Though parents truly are superheroes in our eyes, it’s crucial to remember that you can’t always do everything yourself. Life can get extremely busy at times, and it can be difficult to always find a positive work-life balance, especially if you have young children. If you find that you’re having trouble keeping up with your work, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your loved ones. Set up some time during the day for your child to have a video call playdate with someone they are close to (a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.). Even though they may not physically be with their loved one, they can still read a story together, play a game such as tic-tac-toe, or simply just talk about their day. As parents, we sometimes feel as if we have to do it all, when in reality, it’s completely okay to ask for help when needed.At Level Up Leadership, we provide our clients with powerful tools and resources to create impactful leaders with the skills they need to motivate teams, maximize productivity and cultivate loyalty. We have many new programs that you and your team can take advantage of, including our leading through change program. Our programs can help you make better hires, have stronger communication with your team, develop your leadership skills, and so much more. If you’re interested in learning more about all of the programs we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us!