I’m sure your idea of “normal” has been shifting over the past few weeks. Mine sure has. I’m finding a new routine working at home with my kids, husband and dogs.
Many of you are still working at home in a very similar situation. I’m a big believer that we can’t just wait until this is over, until things go back to how they were. Instead, we need to find a way to create some normalcy within this life.
Let’s start with the most disruptive (but adorable) issue: the kids.
Suddenly, you’re the replacement for your kids school. Whew! For your sake, and for theirs, I would strongly suggest creating structure. This isn’t just a vacation – you’re replacing school! Get those kids up at the same time every morning, out of their pajamas and into real clothes. I am lucky that my 7th and 8th grader are pretty self-sufficient.
But a little guidance and structure (for you and them) goes a long way. I have been creating periods of the day, just like the periods they have at school. I made sure to include recess, gym, and music to ensure they get some exercise and fun in the day.
For gym, we jump on the trampoline, walk the dog, or throw a frisbee outside. Sometimes we pull out board games, work on house projects together that we don’t have time to do when life is busy, or have family dance parties (they are not a fan). Find ways to create structure and fill the day instead of letting it slip by!
When your kids have structure, you’re able to have structure. And if you’re going to be working at home, you’ll need it!
The tips that I’d offer for working at home aren’t that different from the tips for creating a schedule for your kids. Set a structure for your day, plan times to do certain types of tasks, and keep the same work hours. It makes such a difference in your productivity!
One of my personal productivity tips is to write down 1-3 things in the morning that I will feel good if I accomplish by the end of the day. I have a HUGE electronic to-do list, but somehow, taking the time to actually write down 1-3 things each day and physically cross them off gives me a sense of accomplishment I don’t get otherwise. It helps me avoid feeling aimless and stir crazy!
I hope that you’re adapting well to a new sense of normal and that you find a routine that works for you.