9 Tips for Working at Home Successfully
While many of us have worked from home for a day or two in the past or regularly work from home while the kids are at school, few of us know the challenges of working from home with the entire family present (and begging for snacks).
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Have the Kids Help Around the House
With everyone home, there’s going to a whole lot of mess. Have the kids help as much as possible—cleaning bathrooms, unloading the dishwasher, making beds, folding laundry. Even if chores haven’t been a part of your household before, now is the time to assign duties so it doesn’t pile up.
Prep Dinners Ahead of Time
It’s easy to spend a good portion of your days making meals and doing dishes. Instead, try to prep ahead for dinners. Freeze meals for nights when you won’t feel like cooking—again (didn’t you just make breakfast?!). And even though they aren’t going to school, pack kids’ lunches in their lunchboxes the night before.
Stay in Touch with Friends and Family—Virtually
Use FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom to “see” friends and family. Isolation is going to take a toll on everyone and it will be reassuring to connect with people you know and love. Make an effort to reach out.
Schedule Evening Entertainment
Restaurants and theaters may be closed, but you can still have relaxing and creative evenings. Have dinner in bed, come up with a new recipe, watch a kid-friendly documentary, or turn off the lights and have a dance party. And then wash your hands, again.