Practical Ways for Work-From-Home Parents to Contain the Chaos During the Pandemic

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If you’re currently working from home as a result of the pandemic, no one needs to tell you just how stressful it is to juggle work and family life. With the kids stuck at home too, it can feel downright impossible to get everything done. Luckily, there are a few methods for keeping everything in control. Find a few tips that will help you maintain a healthy balance between work and life below. 

Set Up a Quiet Workspace 

If working from home is new to you, one of the first things you’ll want to do is establish a quiet office space. Here are a few ideas. ● If you have the space, try to set up an office in a guest bedroom or even a walk-in closet. ● If you’re short on room, an office can go just about anywhere you can fit a desk. ● The kitchen table can work, too, as long as you can pack things away before dinner. ● If you don’t have a separate office, invest in some noise-cancelling headphones. ● If you decide to set up an office in your garage, you may need to bring in a professional who can help you fix any problems with your floor.

Keep the Kids Busy 

As a parent working from home, you’ve probably become accustomed to distractions from your children. Here are a few ways to keep them busy so you can focus on work. ● Get some child-friendly tech to keep your kids entertained. ● If your kids are having screen time, set limits and install educational games. ● Find a variety of quiet activities that aren’t screen-based to balance things out. ● Assemble a reading list for your kids if they’re old enough to read independently. 

Find Balance 

Even if you’ve got a desk set up and your kids are doing their own thing, it can be hard to maintain a healthy balance between work and life. These tips can help.● Make a clever “do not disturb” sign to indicate when you’re busy.● Find ways to make the mornings less chaotic.  ● Create a routine so you don’t overschedule yourself or let work carry on into the night. ● Keep in mind that it’s important to remain flexible.● Taking productive breaks will help you avoid burnout. 

Stay Organized and Productive 

Having healthy boundaries between work and life will help you feel more focused, but you might still be struggling to stay on task. Here’s how to get more organized so you can get everything checked off your to-do list. ● Use a timesheet or time-tracking app to stay focused. ● Hire a freelancer if you want to outsource tasks, such as admin work. ● Find ways to organize your home office so you can always find what you need. 

Balancing work and family life is hard enough under normal circumstances. With the stress of the pandemic added in, you’ll want to take extra steps to stay on top of the chaos. Making a dedicated home office, getting into routines, and keeping your kids entertained will all help take some of the stress off your plate.

This article is written by Lacie Martin she can be reached lacie@raisethemwell.org

Thank you Lacie