It's now Week ?? of #stayinghome and we're all still trying to navigate the new normal - still figuring out a new work/life balance with a house full of people. Duties have tripled. Emotions are running high. Energy is running even higher. And we can't forget the added adventure of distance learning.
COME AS YOU ARE. DO WHAT YOU CAN.
FULL TIME PARENT & EMPLOYEE
Wake up early to answer emails and plan your day
Get up before the kids. The house is quiet and you can focus 30-45 min on answering emails and plan your day. When the kids get up you'll already feel accomplished, and not have the anxiety of a full inbox.
Your phone is your business friend
In our home, distance learning happens in the home office. I'm "kicked off" my computer for a few hours every day. So I armed my mobile device with all the apps and programs I need to get me through those few hours, if needed.
Rethink 9 to 5
No one. And I mean NO ONE with children at home is putting in a solid 8-hour work day. Rethink your hours and find the most uninterrupted times where you can focus on productivity. Settle the kids with a quiet activity or send them out in the yard while you do a zoom meeting. Take advantage of a quiet house after the kids go to bed. Shifting your workday mindset will increase your productivity and keep you on task.
Be honest and authentic
Employers and clients alike know that it is not "business as usual" anywhere. If you're not meeting tasks and having difficulty, be honest with your employer about your challenges and try to work something out. Clients are people too - don't stress about your kids walking in on your zoom call. Try to schedule phone calls with colleagues and clients so you avoid being pulled in two directions. It's hard to concentrate on teaching fractions while you're on a sales call, and vice versa.
Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.
While it looks like some parts of daily life will start to return in the coming weeks, we will indeed be faced with a new way of doing business and managing family life. To all the parents out there: Cheers to brighter days ahead! You got this!!
-- Kristi and Paul