There is a growing number of employees working from home these days. Many of those employees have families. Having a home office can be beneficial to one’s well-being by cutting out the daily stress of a commute, or dealing with office gossip. But having a family at home while you are working can be tricky to balance.
Here are some helpful hints for focusing on work without neglecting your family.
Find Ways to schedule work time and family time
When you are working from home, it can be tempting to work longer days because your desk is very close by and getting just one more task completed is very tempting. Working all the time can leave your family disgruntled. To avoid this, schedule regular work ours as if you were working at the office building. You could plan to work an extra hour or so a day because that time would’ve been spent on your commute, but once you put in your hours shut down that computer and close the office door. Spend the rest of the day/evening being a positive influence on your family, helping with homework, play catch, or cook dinner. If you must get a few more hours in, consider working after the kids have gone to bed.
Don’t be too proud to ask for help
Anyone working from home with small children knows the struggle. Toddlers are small, ferocious balls of energy that can drive you insane while conducting business. Sometimes you need a helping hand. You don’t need to look far for the support you need. Discuss your problem with your husband or wife, see if they’d be willing to go to work earlier so they can watch the children when they get home. Maybe there is a neighbor who is in a similar situation as you are or, at least, is at home with kids of the same age. If this is so, trade babysitting with them so that way both of you would have children free days to focus on work and be more productive.
Hire a nanny
If help from your partner or neighbors is out of the question, an alternative option is to hire a nanny. If hiring help fits your budget, it would be worth it in the long run. Being free to concentrate enables you to produce quality work and more of it. Hired help doesn’t need to be permanent of course, and you might not need the nanny every day or all day for that matter. Your children will soon be at school, and you will be free for a typical eight-hour work day.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay focused on your work during the day and leave it in the office so you can focus on your family in the evening. Follow these tips and you will achieve a healthy balance between work and family.
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by Rob Carpen
Rob is a content writer and editor, specializing in a variety of fields. He helps B2B and B2C clients with blogs, social media, press releases and web content that create more value for their marketing campaigns. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He played Club Rugby at IUP for four years. He loves Rugby and recently attended the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle, England – New Zealand All Blacks v. Tonga Match. Rob is passionate about craft beer. He is transitioning his eight years of home brewing to earn his professional brewer certificate.