How to Make the Most of Summer Hours When You Work at Home
Working at home during the summer time can be a delicate balancing act. With kids out of school, but perhaps not quite yet in summer camp, you may find yourself struggling to entertain the kiddos and still accomplish your work demands, too. But it doesn’t have to be a cruel summer when you work at home. Here’s how working mums can make the most of summer hours when you work at home.
You can take advantage of summer’s deliciously long sun-filled days by starting your own workday earlier. Even if you shift your schedule an hour or two earlier, you might be able to get a lot more accomplished than if you stick to your normal 9-5. And with kids home, you’ll have a greater sense of peace knowing that you’ll have more time to enjoy being with them doing fun activities instead of being stuck in your home office.
Take time to get organised.
When you work during the summer, it definitely feels like everyone is in a calmer, more relaxed state. That’s why this is a perfect time to try to tackle projects that may have been impossible to do during the fall/winter months, when things tend to be even more hectic. So look at your to-do list and determine what assignments you’ve always wanted to accomplish but never had time to do. It could be anything from changing certain aspects of your workflow to simply trying to be more organized. The changes that you make during the summer can be super helpful to you as you move into the cooler months, when things might heat up for you work-wise.
Involve the kids.
Who says that the kids should be the only ones enjoying the summer months? You deserve to enjoy this time, too, so incorporate the kids in your workday. Take advantage of your flexible schedule to train your kids about the ins and outs of your job. For example, little ones can easily sort papers for you, while older kids can answer phones, file folders for you, or even run some errands. You can consider their stint helping you as an internship, where they’ll not only learn to be more responsible, but also gain insight into what you do all day’and realize that even though you’re home, you are indeed actually working.