As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, all schools across South Africa have been closed. At the same time, most parents have been asked to work from home, which means we need to find a way to balance work life and home life in a way that we’ve never had to before.
The truth is, working remotely for most parents is a foreign concept. As you know, I’ve been working from home for over two years now and I’ve learnt a few tricks along the way. In this post, I would like to share how to improve productivity whilst working from home.
Have a schedule
As a mom of a 13-year-old and a 5-year-old, I’ve had to create a daily schedule for all of us which has been quite helpful. My 13 year created his own schedule and he’s able to keep himself busy, but my 5 year is more dependent on my attention. There’s no doubt that I’ve had to relax my screen time rules, but I’m doing my best to keep her busy with activities.
Here’s a sneak peek into her schedule:
- 08:00 am – Wake up
- 08:20 am – Bath time
- 08:45 am – Breakfast
- 09:30 am – Puzzle
- 10:00 am – Screen Time
- 11:00 am – Free play and snack time
- 12:00 pm – Painting
- 13:00 pm – Lunch Time
- 13:30 pm – Screen Time
I work during her free play and screen time. As much as it’s essential to have a schedule, please don’t beat yourself up when things don’t go according to plan. Remember this is a special time to bond with your kids. If you want to cuddle up and watch movies on some days, that’s okay.
Wake up earlier
I have repeatedly written about this in the past, but waking up earlier has levelled up my productivity game. I wake up early and I use that time to read, meditate, pray and do some writing. I’m a morning person, so that is when I’m most productive. However, these are challenging times and keeping ourselves and our families healthy should be our number priority. Sleep in when you need to, but try to wake up early on some days.
Be clear about what you need to achieve daily and weekly, but at the same time, you need to be realistic. There’s a high probability that you will not cover as much work as you would when you’re at the office. However, if you’ve ever wanted to work remotely then this is your chance to shine. You need to prove to your employer that can be productive when you work from home.
Working from home can be challenging — you need to be strategic about how you use your time. You need to have a schedule, set goals and take advantage of your most productive hours. How are managing to remain productive at home? Let me know in the comments below.