Today we’re talking about how to work from home with kids around. This applies to all types of work we might do from home, whether that’s a side-gig, projects, or full-time (but now from home) work. We’ll talk practical things about the when and how to work this into life while kids are around.

 

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Key Points from this Episode:

  • When establishing a family routine, make sure to schedule in alone time for you. That can be before kids wake up, in the middle of the day while kids do “quiet time”, or right after kids’ bedtimes.
  • Consider having an earlier bedtime for kids. It’s okay if they don’t go to sleep right away, but they can have quiet, unwinding time before they fall asleep and you can get TONS done during that time frame.
  • Use Michael Hyatt’s idea of “moving the needle forward.”
  • Ask yourself what tasks you can delete or delegate to others and you’ll be left with tasks that you are best fit for you and will allow you to be most effective with the time you have.
  • Plan! Choose 3-5 goals you want to accomplish in the next month (including work goals). Be honest with your situation and adjust as needed for your current situation.
  • Look at your week and choose your Big Three (see resources) from your project list. Make sure it’s the next big chunk of the monthly goal, not the actual goal.
  • Add tasks in your context-based to-do list that allow you to move forward on your Big Three.
  • Ask yourself “What is one thing that would help me feel successful at the end of the day?” It will help you figure out what is most important, handle a nagging task, or set the bar REALLY low so you can find something to celebrate no matter what season you’re in.
  • Ask yourself “What are the next actions for my 3 priorities for the week?” This is baby steps actions. This lets you take advantage of tiny amounts of unplanned time so you know how to best utilize it, rather than waste time figuring out what you can do when your kid naps longer than expected.
  • Ask yourself “What is one thing I can do today to make tomorrow easier?” This can help you identify what is stressing you out or think ahead to handle situations before they become urgent.
  • Be super open and communicating with the people around you with your goals and intentions for the week.

Resources

2020 Planner

Why and How to Choose a Big Three for the Week

Thriving in Motherhood Journal

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