Have you ever thought about what it would be like to work from home? Whether you want to do your current job but based at home, or starting your own business, the benefits of working from home can mean being able to spend more time with your children. For some that may seem a terrifying thought, but there are some of us that want to spend as much time with them as we can, especially while they are little. Plus you can save a tonne on daycare fees.
Since most of us really can’t afford not to be back working earning money, if working from home is an option for you, how do you balance work plus children? Here are some tips:
Plan Your Week
It really helps to break up each day into morning and afternoon blocks. Schedule what you would like to achieve in each block. If you have a few days each week where the kids are in daycare or a day with a grandparent, then plan to do the bulk of your work on those days.
Next plan the days when you have the kids fulltime. Expect that these days you may not get any paid work done. Those days may be better spent doing fun activities with the kids plus a mix of grocery shopping and cleaning the house. That will leave your weekends free to do fun family activities and time where your spouse can supervise the kids while you do some work.
Work after Hours
After the kids are in bed or before they wake up in the morning are usually quiet times where you can get in an hour of work. Or beg your spouse bath and put the kids to bed while you sneak in some work!
Work as a team with your Spouse/Partner
Having a helpful partner can really make a huge difference. They can often take over dinner time, bath time or putting the kids to bed. Even if it’s just one evening a week or on weekends, any extra help you can get can means more time for you to get some work done. And of course that means more money in your pocket.
Plan activities for the kids
Before you sit down to work lay out some fun activities for the kids to work on too. This could be colouring books and pens, puzzles, an ipad/tablet for them to play games on, or taking your laptop outside while they play in the sandpit. Mostly children just want to know you are there and will leave you in peace for a little while if you are close by and they are occupied playing.
Look for ways to Save Time
Lastly, look for ways you can save time in your busy week. It may mean you actually get more work done or simply gives you a little break from all the craziness of the weeks tasks.
- Cook meals in bulk and freeze is a simple way to save time so that you aren’t cooking from scratch each night.
- A slowcooker is a helpful time saver.
- Grocery shopping online will save you time as you can save a weekly shopping list that is set to be delivered on a set day and time each week for all your usual groceries.