Originally posted 3/26/2020.
Let me guess, now that it seems the whole world is stuck inside for the foreseeable future, you’ve read no less than 20 articles or blog posts that include tips for working from home. These range from articles for those who have never worked virtually before to those who now have to work at home with ultimate distraction…kids. Here’s my take.
I’m just going to say it. Working from home with kids sucks.
I love my kids. I love spending time with them. I love that I have the privilege to work from home while also being in the presence of my children, and I don’t take that for granted…especially now! BUT, trying to be both a great mom and an excellent employee is hard.
You feel guilty that your kids are watching yet another movie. You feel bad when you snap at them when they try to sit on your lap when you’re writing an important email. You feel paranoid that someone is checking to make sure you’re working at all times so you rarely get up from your computer because you’re afraid someone will message, call, or email you the moment you get up and assume you’re not working…as if you don’t ever step away from your desk when you’re in the office. It’s exhausting.
I’ve had the luxury of working from home the majority of the week for a couple of years now. I’m pretty used to it, but adding kiddos to the mix brings it to a whole new level. I don’t want to look back and regret that I didn’t use this as an opportunity to spend more time with them. I may not have the perfect schedule laid out for them everyday, but I did look up some fun activities and stocked up on Color Wonder pages to keep them busy when it’s absolutely necessary. Beyond that, I’m going to try to stick to the following tips to keep us all happy, healthy and sane:
TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS
- Wake up at least one hour before the kids. Allow some time to yourself. Drink a cup of coffee, read a book, binge your favorite show. Do something for yourself.
- Get dressed. You don’t have to get fancy or even brush your hair, but at LEAST get out of your pajamas.
- Take breaks. You have to step away from the work every now and then, especially if you have small children. Set a timer if you need to for the times you are working and the times you are on breaks.
- Get outside. I know it may be hard to exercise for most people right now, but at least try to get outside if possible. Fresh air does wonders for the body and mind!
- Practice grace. I once heard that “grace is the opposite of what one deserves”. I’m pretty sure it was my girl Rachel Hollis who said it. So, give yourself and others some grace. We are living in unprecedented times right now. I’m willing to bet that most people are going to be understanding when it comes to your situation. …at least I hope so because i have a committee call tomorrow and i’m praying that my kids are good!
Stay healthy. Stay six feet away. And wash your hands. Target misses me, and I’d like to go back sometime soon.