Summer holidays are just around the corner and unlike most, I am looking forward to having the children around. Working from home at this time can be tough. How will you get stuff done? Check out my Summer Survival Guide.
I’m looking forward having more time with them, no rushing out the door following an hour of nagging and dashing around. No more having to get back for 3 to collect the kids then deliver and pick up from numerous after-school activities and cooking tea at the same time!
It’s going to great having time to do what we want to do and when we want to do it. That’s thanks to working from home! Don’t get me wrong, I will be still working over the summer holidays but I can factor it in around days out, cinema trips, baking and hopefully a trip to the seaside.
I know that if I had a job, I would have a completely different mindset, worried about the juggle of childcare and feeling guilty, but thanks to working from home I can actually do both, without the guilt.
There will be days this holidays where the kids are bored and I will have something that needs doing for my business. These will be outweighed by the fact that if we want to go swimming one afternoon, I can make sure I get everything I need to do done to make time to do this.
So how will I cope with having the kids at home for 6 whole weeks as ell as running my business?
Summer Survival Guide
Making time for work
- Get up an hour before the kids
- Work during the evenings
- Make a deal, I try to work in the morning and go out in the afternoon.
- Visit play area’s with WiFi
- Invest in a smartphone.
- Involve the children
- Manage your time effectively, don’t waste time on Facebook instead of working!
- Schedule telephone calls when you know you are likely to be free and with no interruptions.
- If you get interrupted, apologise, explain you are working from home and rearrange.
- Let calls go to the answerphone when you’re busy
Let your business run itself.
- Write down what you need to do in your business to keep it running through the summer.
- Automate as much as possible such as Facebook and Twitter
- Bulk schedule blog posts weeks in advance
- Outsource where ever you can.
These are my tips on working through the holidays, I’d love you to share any more you have.
Before I go, remember this, the reason why your working from home is to be there for your family!