I'd love to see everyone's pro tips when it comes to working from home while family is at home and staying productive. This past week has been tough with the balancing act!
So you are saying that there is not an excellent episode of The Journey about working from home @nealey of The Journey? I feel a new episode coming! For anyone who has not seen The Journey it is more than worth a watch and watching again!
It is apparent to all that know me that I'm not a parent so I'll generically talk about distractions (pets, tv...) I've been working remotely for more than twenty years and I've found that I work best when
One of the best things of working from home is the flexibility afforded to you. Don't be so rigid but don't be so relaxed as to not complete your work. I can't leave without including a cute example of some things I mentioned above.
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Ha @rd I don't think we've covered that yet but we need to! Those tips would be great to include in it too I appreciate the advice and going to try and implement them in my day, especially making time for distractions.
Also, thanks for the shoutout on the Journey, @rd !
RD's list is excellent, but I will add something else: set some work hours/boundaries. I have also worked from home for many years, and it's hard to draw the line between work and not-work when the office is steps away from your bedroom. So assuming you have a defined work area, try to figure out how you can set some hours so kids/spouse/roommates know that they should try not to bother you during this time. And then when those hours are over, stop working and step away from the computer.
Plus now that there is little difference between weekdays and weekends, try to NOT work on the weekend so you get a mental break. Again, if work is always right there, it's so easy to get sucked into working on the weekends, but you need the mental break as well. Spend that time reading, making art, playing with your kids, baking cookies, whatever.
Great advice @webdiva!! I'm finding that I don't want to do my side hustle business of selling items online because I don't want to be on the computer 14 hours a day. Wish I could hang out with you and work on cool projects. All the best!
Hey @webdiva thank you for bringing up this very important issue of setting boundaries especially in today's environment where many of us are now working from home rather than the traditional office. When working out of the traditional office it is easier to leave work at work, but when work is at home the lines become blurred. Throw in spouses, children, and roommates that would usually be at work or school, are all now constantly together sharing a common space with little alone time boundaries can seem almost impossible to maintain. Setting aside a few hours for yourself to meditate, read, paint, bake, or whatever helps you relax is key to maintaining a healthy work to personal time relationship. Thanks for sharing, Brett M.
Thanks for getting the conversation started on this topic @nealey! I think a lot of us can benefit from some of the suggestions found in this thread as for many of us a work from home role is a new situation.
I'm actually home due to illnesses including working from home. However, I've had a real joy to be able to share tips with parents who have their kids home because I'm a homeschooling graduate. There's a lot of things you can do from games inside the house to activities even watching a movie as a family and go outside!
I'm staying as productive as I can daily, but so glad there are people and communities like this that are pressing through and staying #openwestand!