Working virtually has become the norm, but that does not mean it has become easier. Many of us still struggle to be productive, take time for ourselves, help our children with online school and make sure our pets do not crash our work Zoom meetings. So how do you make the most of your day when there seem to be so many things working against you?
Organizing Your Space:
Research has shown that your environment can have a significant impact on your mood as well as your ability to get things done. Having designated spaces for work and school helps your brain switch to "work mode" and also helps you unwind at the end of the day which is important when it is harder than ever to leave work. You may need to get a little creative, but it's worth the effort to take the time to make sure everyone in the house has an inviting and efficient workplace.
Here are some tips:
- In any case (and if possible) everyone (including children) should have their own space to work.
- Clean and organize your workspace.
- Add green plants, photos, or other small details to make it feel good.
- Make the space that contributes to the work you need to do, and keep supplies within reach.
Hack Your Schedule:
Not everyone works the same way, so experimenting with how you approach your day can really make a difference. Pay attention to your energy and focus levels throughout the day and schedule your most challenging work for when you are at your best. Consider abandoning your daily to-do list and instead schedule time blocks to work on important tasks. And do not forget to take breaks! The most productive people prioritize distraction-free breaks, and they take them without feeling guilty.
Working with children at home:
Do you have children at home who do distance learning? Here are some ways to work with them while working from home …
Set boundaries: Make yourself available to answer your child's questions all day, every day will drive you crazy and also set them up for failure. Make sure your child knows when you are free to help and when they should not disturb you.
Focus on Independent Learning Ability: Teaching your child how to send emails to their teachers and remember their meetings will be much easier than teaching them how to solve quadratic equations or write an essay on Of mice and men .
Ask for help: Although teachers are juggling a lot this school year, they are still more than happy to provide individual support to students who need it. Hiring a tutor is also a great way to give yourself a break and make sure your kids get the help they need.
Do not hover: Go ahead and help your children if they need to, but avoid getting too involved in their schooling. This year, more than ever, they need you to be their parent.
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