2020 has started off a little crazy. We all need some tips for working from home in 2020. We are all dealing with the CoronaVirus and some of us are on lockdown in our homes. Some of us are on lockdown working with kids that normally aren’t here when we are working and a significant other as well. I’m going stir crazy and all the tips people are putting out are kind of funny. Example: set a schedule <—- this is hilarious 😆 . If you have kids at home that normally aren’t then setting any type of schedule may work for a day or two but not long term. Kids don’t care for schedules. How about this one —> set ground rules with the people in your house. Have you tried to set ground rules for a 3-year-old? That’s a joke. Here are 9 tips for working from home in 2020.
If you don’t have kids then, by all means, set a schedule and ground rules with the people in your house. But if you are like me with kids then let’s try some of these tips.
- Workaround distractions – I have kids and a husband home so my life is chaos. If you are a morning person consider getting up a little earlier to get more time in when everyone else is asleep. If you are an evening person then make sure you are focused and working with intent after everyone goes to bed. It gives you more time to work without having to compromise with people in your house.
- Take a walk – you are still allowed to go outside if you are on a stay at home quarantine. Take a walk to get some fresh air and get out of the house. Trust me it will do wonders for your state of mind.
- Take frequent breaks – if it’s a day where things aren’t going your way don’t force it. Take breaks – get a quick workout in, play with your kids, read a book, watch a little TV. Do something to take your mind off of what you were doing for a few minutes.
- Listen to Music – I haven’t met many people who don’t like music. A good uplifting song and dance party (even if you are by yourself) can do wonders for your attitude. Dance it out, ladies!
- Try to work in time blocks – Trying to get work done with a house full of people and a dog can be a chore. Try to set blocks of time. Give your child that iPad or game system for an hour and tell them unless someone is dying you need to work for an hour. YUP, I said give them the electronics. It won’t kill your child and you will get an hour of work in. We are at a point where we have to homeschool, work, keep the house clean, and keep everyone alive. It’s a stressful time and don’t let people shame your choices. My kids will get their electronics for an hour, then they play in their room, we do some learning, then art, then run around outside then I may put a movie on for them or a leapfrog video so I can get some more work in. You need to do what you need to do. One of the things I like to do is create a quiet time. My kids can either read, put their headphones in and log into some of the apps from the school and do play-based learning, watch educational videos with their headphones or go upstairs and play in their room while I get a block of work time in. We go on and off with activities where they can move around and burn some energy and then activities when they need to use their brain and focus.
- Do One Thing at a Time – If you are trying to work from home with kids then trying to do more than one thing at a time isn’t going to work. Trying to deal with your kids and what they need and trying to work at the same time just won’t work. Take care of what your kids need and then get back to your work. Flip flop throughout the day if you need to. Use time blocks like mentioned above to rotate between education your kids need and work that you need to get done.
- Have Some Virtual Coffee Chats – To stay sane you need to keep communicating with people. What better way to do that then to set up coffee chats with people virtually to get to know them better. It may help you feel like everything is a little more normal than it really is.
- Stay off Social Media – If your job doesn’t specifically involve you being on social media then stay off during your work blocks. It can be such a distraction and time block. If scrolling eases your anxiety and helps you destress then do it while your kids are running around in the backyard and you are sitting in a chair with your feet up relaxing. Use your work-time to actually work.
- Give yourself grace. Nothing is going to go according to how you plan it. I was on a video call with a client and my kids came running in screaming and yelling. Most people are going to understand. Roll with it and keep going.
There’s no right or wrong way for you to work. You are going to have to figure out what works for you and all the people in your house during times that situations are unprecedented.