5 Productivity Hacks for Parents Working from Home with KidsBy Homaira Kabir
There was a time, not too long ago, when the possibility of working from home was a perk. But that was before coronavirus made self-isolation mandatory—and before parents had to maintain their work productivity while being teacher, dispute mediator, short-order cook, and camp counselor for their kids. With daycares, schools, and colleges closed indefinitely, the double duty of work and life has become compressed into one long and endless shift.
How can we manage to make this work without losing our minds? It’s a question that almost every parent is struggling with as we try to keep our children fed, busy, and out of our hair. And there’s no easy solution. For me, with four children at home, what works one day completely flips the next. Experimentation is the name of this new game. But below are the few rules you still need to follow.
Have Structure to Your Day
Going in to work (or school and college) gives structure to our day. There’s a time to clock in and a time to leave, and there are tasks we need to accomplish while we’re there. There are usually things we need to do for the children when we get home—carpool them to and from activities, put dinner on the table, and get them to bed on time. But now, in the absence of having a schedule imposed on us, it’s up to us to put a routine in place so we stay productive. Besides, structure also gives a much-needed sense of control at a time when uncertainty and unpredictability surround us. This is just as important for our children.<