This goes out to mostly parents but maybe to an individual you might pick a tip or two. This self- quarantine or Must-do quarantine has presented parents with challenges that most of us have never faced before. Adjusting to working at home can blur the line between family life and work life.
While we realize every family has unique circumstances, below are few tips that might be helpful.
Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.
If both parents are trying to work from home, remember that you’re on the same team together. Try to set up a schedule that suits everyone by taking shifts, where one parent works from 8:30am to 12:00pm, while the other cares for the kids, then switching from 12:30pm to 5:00pm.
Make a plan, but leave room to be flexible.
Include your kids.
Ask your children to “help” in ways that make sense for their ages. You might help them make a “Time to Work” sign for you, then explain that when you hang it on the door, that means you need to concentrate. Help them make special artwork for your work space—especially if you’ll be in video meetings.
Your kids are more likely to respect boundaries between work time and family time if they feel invested in both.
Set realistic expectations.
“Productivity” looks different right now than it did three months ago. And, most of the people you work with are likely dealing with issues very similar to yours. Be a living example of the things you hope to receive from others.
Give grace to your coworkers, to your children, and to yourself.
Remember to Enjoy this time you have with your family.It’s true that our current circumstances come with real challenges. But, it’s also true that we have the power to choose how we respond. We can see them as setbacks that are causing us pain, or as opportunities to draw our families closer than ever.