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Working from home tips and ideas

Coronavirus is affecting everyone’s life and this is an incredibly tough time for us all. You may be one of the many people who have to work from home during this difficult period. Working at home can be a stressful enough experience as it is, without adding in the little ones running around your new workspace. So to try and help you keep up with your inbox and your kids, we’ve put together a few handy tips from parents who've been there before.

Tips for working from home

Tip #1: Stay flexible

There’s no one system that will work for every family, so try different options to find one that works for yours. If you can be a little flexible, you’ll soon have a system that works for both you and your kids, where everyone is getting things done.

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Tip #2: Find your own quiet corner

Chances are, if you don’t usually work from home then you won’t have a nice space set up and ready for you! If you can, try to set aside some space to be your work area. This could be the corner of a room – so you can still keep an eye on the kids.

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Tip #3: Prioritise & schedule

With the kids around, you’re not going to have as much time to dedicate to work, so it’s important to use this time wisely. Make a list of key tasks that you need to get through each day – you can even get the kids to make lists of their own. It’s also worth thinking when might be best to tackle certain tasks. Can things that need more concentration be done in the evening, once the little ones are in bed? Just don’t forget to schedule in some family fun time too.

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Tip #4: Teamwork

If you have a partner living with you and you're both working from home during this time, try to agree a plan between you of when to spend time with the kids. This will mean that you’ll have time for work while the kids are also getting some much needed attention from your partner and vice versa.

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Tip #5: Take advantage of naptime

If your kids have a morning or afternoon naptime then try to use it to your advantage. For example, this might be a great time to arrange that important conference call.

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Tip #6: Enjoy the little moments

This is a stressful time for everyone as different worlds all collide in new ways, so it’s important to enjoy the little moments. Taking a quick break to get a little snuggle or watch your kids playing with their toys can really give you a little boost when you might need it most.

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Tip #7: Mix it up

Keep things fresh, new and exciting by mixing up activities with your kids. You can switch between options like screen time, games, puzzles and arts and crafts to keep them occupied while you get time to concentrate on work.

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Tip #8: Haven’t you always wanted a Personal Assistant?

If your kids are a little older, there’s no reason you can’t get them to help lighten your load and ease the pressure. Need someone to sort your paperwork, take notes for you, or perhaps help tidy around the house? Problem solved! The kids will also feel like they are helping too!

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Tip #9: All change

Coronavirus is affecting everyone. You’re not the only one in this situation, and many of your co-workers may also be working from home with kids to look after too. Remember that this isn’t business as usual and that you may not be as productive as you usually are – but that’s totally fine as we’re all in this together.

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Tip #10: Me time

During this difficult period, you’re going to be multi-tasking on a whole new level and you’ll need a break yourself. If you can, try and take some time for yourself, even if it’s just for a cuppa or a quiet 5 minute break.

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