Raising children is not an easy task, it requires diligence, hard work and patience. Now, needless to say, children take up a lot of time, but what happens when you work from home and have children? It is sometimes difficult to balance work, play and keeping a tidy house. These tasks can seem impossible at first, but with a little planning and some help, anything is possible.
In order to properly manage your business, children and at home duties, you are going to need to work on time management. This is a very crucial point to being successful in three different fields at once. You might want to sit down and dedicate some time in planning out how your days will be spent, without proper planning it could seem like a jumbled mess that is hard to make function.
Finding a Workplace
Most stay at home professionals have their own little sanctuary where they can disappear to and have some peace and quiet while they work. This may not always be the case, and, with older children who can make quite a ruckus, it is sometimes not quite enough. If your budget allows, and you have the space on your property, you might consider looking into more movable options, like mobile offices. This will allow you to be out of the house, yet still remain on the premises in case of any emergency. Plus, it looks more professional to potential business partners that you might need to meet with.
Children take up a lot of time and often require a lot of attention. It is important to dedicate time to your children and leave your work alone. However, it is equally important to teach your children to play on their own. This will allow you time to focus solely on your work while they are performing their own personal task. If they are still young, you might wish to give them a project to finish, or a coloring book to enjoy while you focus on your work. This not only gives the children something to do, but will also boost their confidence and creativity.
Squeezing in Extra Time
Although it is difficult, there are certain times of day where you can get the most out of your work with the fewest amount of distractions, this can either be found in the early morning, or late at night while your children are sleeping. Fix yourself a nice, mild cup of coffee, switch off the television and get to work.
Get the Kids out of the House
You can get the kids out of the house by simply sending them out into the back yard, to a nearby park, only if old enough, or, you could send them to a friend’s or grandparent’s house. This comes especially in handy when facing an oppressing deadline that is coming up.
Balancing work and family is not always an easy task, but with some proper planning and management skills, it might not be as difficult as it might have first been perceived.