As a remote worker and a parent, working remotely can be a challenging task when you have kids. Kids need constant attention depending on their ages, characters, behavior, etc., and being stuck with them at home can result in improper time management, lack of productivity, lack of focus, tiredness, etc
Many parents would say that remote work cannot work with kids around. As a result, they sometimes offer to either avoid having kids or if they already have, send them to a boarding school or their grandparents. However, with a strategic plan, it is possible to work remotely with your kids around without a drop in productivity. This article talks about several tips and hacks that you can use to create a plan.
An important tip that can assure you work remotely even with kids is creating a dedicated space for you and the kid. The size and sophistication of the created dedicated spaces will depend on the size of your home. Nevertheless, you should ensure you create something comfortable for yourself and your kid.
You do not need to opt for a separate room for both. Opting for a separate room will grant you peace and quietness. However, you might need to leave your workstation to check on your kids which will affect your monitoring of them. You can opt for a place that contains the necessary remote working tools such as:
You can then transform part of your dedicated office space into a kid’s playground. This area might include books, illustrations, toys, games, and essential tools for their learning. With this setup, you can supervise them as they explore, read books, or utilize professional homework assistance for their school assignments. It’s a practical solution for balancing your work responsibilities with their educational needs.
According to Cal Newport, remote work can be deep or shallow, which you can implement into creating a strategic plan. On the one hand, deep work requires intense concentration and should be scheduled for when the kids are not around when they are resting, or highly preoccupied. On the other hand, you do shallow work such as reading emails or replying to a message when your kids are around.
Although you can use your free time to run some deep work, if necessary, you should rest. Overworking yourself, can lead to several health issues, impede your productivity, and reduce the quality of work you deliver.
Rest by either sleeping or taking a nap to feel refreshed and relaxed. In contrast, you can take a walk to enjoy the fresh air. You can also take a walk with your kids. This will allow them to burn some energy and increase their tendency to sleep when they return home.
Remote work is plagued by communication so that you can stay updated or receive instructions. You can incorporate your kids into planning a meeting by planning for such meeting meetings to occur when your kids are not around. However, if they will be around, ensure that they are busy or asleep.
Several remote working tools can help you maintain productivity and monitor your kids. Common examples include:
Raising a child is the responsibility of both parents, and you can swap the parenting role with your partner while you work. For example, you can schedule hours when one person works and the other takes care of the kids.
Remote working allows you to keep an eye on your kids, however, you can ensure they do not distract you by engaging them in small tasks. This is an important tip for parents with kids that are old enough to process things independently (i.e., between the age of 5-10 years). While helping you achieve your task, they can also improve their creativity and feel appreciated and accountable, while developing their management skills.
For kids that cannot help you with work, you can create entertainment time for them. There are several ways to achieve that, examples include:
Being a parent does not mean you have to give up your remote work. With a strategic plan, you can organize your time and improve productivity, while monitoring your kids. Undoubtedly, this will be challenging, however, it is also rewarding. Are you a parent working at home? Above are several tips you can implement on handling the issue. Good luck.
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