At some point, we all appreciated the time that we got to spend together with our families. However, now that reality is setting in and we are all forced to go back to work or school in a remote setup things can get a little bit hectic. If you used to get a break from dealing with your small children fighting or just having a clean home, the quarantine restrictions probably removed that break. If you are working from home, you may need to set some new house rules.
With that, this article aims to provide information and tips on how a work from home setup would be able to thrive despite working on a full house.
Tips You Should Remember
What are the things that you can do to work from home in a full house? They are the following:
Have a family meeting
The first thing that you can do is to create a plan and the next thing is for you to have a meeting with the family about the plan that you want to enforce. There are a lot of things that families should be aware of and children no matter how small they are will understand if you would sit down with them and tell them about how things are going to be on specific days.
Being a remote worker is hard. The hours are not set and most of the time you end up doing more things than when you are in the office. This can affect your mental health if you also live in a full house that has no idea about what you are going through.
By having a family meeting and letting everyone in the household know that you are working on specific hours and that you need time for your work everything will be clearer.
Designate areas for family members
Another thing that remote workers have to deal with when they have a full house is when their children are noisy or when their children are also homeschooling. To address this problem you must designate areas for your family members and make sure that during specific hours everybody will be doing what they are meant to be doing.
Create a rhythm
The best thing about having children or toddlers is the fact that you can train them to have a rhythm. You can simply teach them about the things that they can and cannot do in certain hours and it is easy to keep them busy.
Set boundaries with work
Once you and your family have adjusted to your new normal set up the next thing that you can do is to learn how to set boundaries with your work. If you are only meant to work on specific hours and take calls at specific times of the day you should do so.
The mental health of some people is affected by the fact that they fail to set boundaries not with their families but with their work.
Prepare your meals and snacks at the beginning of the day
One of the things that would affect your work schedule would be preparing your meal at home. If you live in a full house you probably need to know that your children will need their meals and their snacks at specific times of the day. As part of your plan make sure that you prepare your meals and snacks at the beginning of the day and that your children know where to get them.
Give your children some chores and activities
Keep your children busy at all times. Either set a time for them to watch tv which should be at a maximum of 2 hours and set a time for them to rest or get them to do certain activities and chores in the house that would also help you out.
Invest In Your Family
One of the biggest tips that families should know more about is the fact that they need to invest money now on home improvements and tools that will make life easier for them. If you are working from home and your children are studying from home, things can get hectic and the best way for you to deal with it would be to automate some of the usual chores that you have.
This step is not referring to you spending money on an extension of a house or an expensive home project that is not practical at this time. This refers to you investing in your family’s mental health and wellbeing. If you notice any of the things that are mentioned above you will see that the theme is for you to balance your children’s needs with your work needs. As long as you can keep your children busy, or everyone knows their boundaries, you can always have the best experience in life.