98% of people would like the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers- and I won’t blame them.

You can walk to the fridge and back, make as many cups of coffee as you’d like and squeeze in chores all on your demand.

At home, aside from working in sweatpants, my morning commute was merely a minute long.

As the COVID-19 pandemic had the globe’s majority at home, the trend of remote-working skyrocketed.

However, an unhealthy temptation lingers with this convenience- the temptation to sit at your home office and work until all is complete.

Though your goal may be to increase your productivity as if you were at work, you don’t want to compromise family time for this.

If you have kids especially young ones like myself, you’d understand that taking care of them is not a walk in the park and you can’t just stay for 5 minutes and then run back to work. They need your time and attention as well.

So, how exactly do we go about balancing work and family time at home?

I’ve compiled five sure-fire tips in this article to help those busy work-at-home parents make time for their little ones.

Tip #1: Plan Your Day Ahead of Time

Most people habitually create their daily plan or to-do list early in the morning when they go to the office.

I too, was loyal to this habit until I recently started making my list the night before.

I found that this strategy helped organize my thoughts and tasks earlier in order to give them extended consideration.

Writing your list beforehand then makes you realize that your initial list isn’t really set in stone. You’d have more time to analyze your listed tasks, prioritize and come to terms with the fact that you may not get every item done.

When I’ve slept on my action list, by the time I’ve woken up I’ve had more time to think about what tasks I can realistically accomplish.

Whereas, if you were to schedule your daily tasks in the morning you may feel overwhelmed at the impractical workload.

Tip #2: Communicate Your Intentions

Essentially, when we communicate our intentions to our kids, we’re trying to reach a compromise.

They may not be aware of it but it’s somewhat a trade-off. You have to explain to them what exactly you want to get done and what they need to do for you to accomplish that.

It may be a stretch to call this a negotiation but truly you do have to negotiate with them.

However, they’re kids so you also need to try subtly and nicely persuading them.

You can do this by letting them know that if they allow you to do your work, then they’ll get to spend time with you, which is like a reward for them.

Or you can maximize on their want to emulate adults. You may tell them that if they’re a big girl or a big boy, then they’ll do whatever follows.

They look up to you and want to be just like you. They want to be big like you, so by considering this desire you can get them to agree on the bargain.

Although they may still come knocking at your door throughout the day, they’d soon get used to your schedule and respect it once you stand by your word.

Like training our customers or training our leads, we can train our children to abide by your schedule.

Tip #3: Use Available Tools

There are numerous applications and programs at your disposal that allow you to schedule and organize your tasks at hand.

Google Calendar, for instance has become one of best friends, it’s revolutionary.

As your business grows, your career paths change, or you’ve been a part of different organizations, like me you may have close to a million e-mail addresses.

I can easily compile these accounts in one place- my Google Calendar. Even my time allotted for family I schedule in.

Using Time Management Tools allows you to stay organized, accountable and clears the clutter in your mind that makes your workload overwhelming. One tool that I’ve recently been using for tasks with clients is Monday.com

Tip #4: Set Your Working Hours

Standard working hours set for employees are generally from 8:00am to 4:00pm. This is the time you dedicate to your employer.

Similarly when you’re working from home as an entrepreneur, you are your employer.

Therefore, you have to set your own time-frame for working. It’s important to also communicate your work time-frame to your children.

It’s important to note that you aren’t bound by chains by your working hours.

Naturally when you’re at home there will be distractions and interruptions, especially with kids.

Your schedule may have to tailor to theirs when they want to go outside to play, need to be fed and when they’re put to bed.

And into the bargain, their schedules change all the time- it may not be the same everyday and that’s okay.

You’ve got to be okay with knowing that your Monday schedule won’t particularly be the same as Tuesday’s schedule.

Tip #5: Be Present

Being present with your children means that you devote time to spending with them and basking in their presence.

This also means that all other distractions should be put on halt.

If you’re in a meeting or talking to adults, you’re focused and present and taking notes. The same should be done when we’re having family-time.

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to get absorbed by your devices like cell phone or computer.

Put the phone down, let the person call you back in 15 minutes or just return the calls you missed.

You should not let your work-time coincide with family-time. Rewire your focus to just one at a time.

What you may find is your child actually giving you time for yourself when you give them your undivided attention- even if it’s for five minutes.

Conclusion

Working from home is no excuse to compromise time spent with your kids.

Planning your daily tasks the night before would give you enough time to decipher between what you can and cannot realistically get done.

Once you communicate your intentions with your family, they would get insight on your schedule and act accordingly.

Become familiar with and make use of management tools that are available to you. They would create a more systematic plan to your day and keep you on track.

Setting your working hours is instrumental in planning what your day comprises of. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to work relentlessly for these set hours but have in your mind when you do and don’t want to be working and account for disruptions.

Lastly, you’re home with your family- enjoy their presence. It’s not always about work. Family-time needs just as much focus as your time spent working.

Let me know how you ensure that work doesn’t consume and you get that time to spend with family in the comments below.


Hilary
Hilary

Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping mothers build a successful online business from their passions, so that they don't have to choose between career and family. Hilary has been involved in network marketing, affiliate marketing and digital marketing consulting for the past 10 years. Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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    8 replies to "5 Tips To Make Time For The Kids While Working At Home"

    • Martha

      This brought back memories from when our girls were little and I ran a drapery workroom in our home. We then had a storefront and retired in 2018. Now I’m back with a part time business in my home with me 2 year old great grandbaby so these tips will be very helpful.

      • Hilary

        Martha I know those must be lovely memories!

    • Nancy

      Great post! My daughter works from home and is a new mother. Well, her son will be a year old next week. She has mentioned many times, it has been difficult focusing on her work when he needs her attention, so she learned to juggle and call on Nonnie (me to help her out from time to time).

      I’m passing this one along…

      • Hilary

        Yes! It’s not easy with little ones. Mine are a little older now, but I still have three to juggle. As they get older isn’t easier to explain things to children, but at this stage you definitely need to create structure and enlist help when needed. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Victoria Juster

      Hilary, This info is great! You’ve put your points in an easy to follow plan, that makes sense.

    • Lily Leung

      Very helpful post, Hilary even though I don’t have kids and am retired. I’m poor in organizing and setting a schedule.

      • Hilary

        Hi Lily! Yes I think these work whether you have kids or not. You are so right. Thanks for stopping by.

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