Tips for Working at Home with Kids, Part II – The Kids are Awake!

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Last week I gave a few suggestions for how I utilize naps and bedtimes to get my most important work done. But we all know that naptime is not enough time to run a creative business. While we love the flexibility working from home can bring, we can’t accomplish everything while the kiddos are asleep.

So here are a few ways I have tried to synchronize my kids’ needs with my work demands.

The most important thing for me is to  stick to a schedule! I have always been a type A personality. I love making lists, itineraries, and schedules. But for some reason, that all kind of went out of the window when I had kids. Children have a way of turning all schedules on their heads, so I sort of gave up on schedules for awhile there. However, I have found that a well-thought out schedule can be sooo helpful for both the children and the parents in a work at home situation. Here are a few scheduling tips that have worked for me:

  1. During breakfast, while the kids are safely occupied chowing down their oatmeal, I will quickly post a previously prepped and planned update to social media. I find I get better responses on social media if I post in the morning, so this is the perfect time. Because I have already taken the photos and done the legwork during nap time, this will only take a few minutes (unless I get caught in the rabbit hole that is Instagram!).
  2. I set aside thirty minutes each morning for “craft time”. I set my kids up with an array of coloring books, crayons, watercolors, and stickers. I let them go to town making anything they want, and I will be creating right along with them. Because this is a short period of time, I use it to practice flourishing or mix sample watercolors for a project I’m working on. Nothing too big, but something that needs to get done. It’s a great way to spend time with my kids and encourage creativity, while still getting something done. 😉
  3. Return emails during lunch! Again, my kids are generally ravenous wolves at mealtimes so I have a good chunk of time to use the computer without fear of some little hand accidentally erasing my entire document (not that that’s happened before…).

These things probably seem small, but it is amazing what a somewhat consistent schedule can do for me, my kids, and my work.

Now, if I could only hire a maid for everything else that needs to get done… 😉

I would love to know how you manage everything that needs to get done while working from home! Leave a comment below and let’s help each other!

 

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3 thoughts on “Tips for Working at Home with Kids, Part II – The Kids are Awake!

  1. This is terrific Kara! I am always trying to figure out ways to squeeze more out of my time, especially while the kids are awake. I am not an artistic person but my kids definitely are. Having craft time would make them so happy and seems like a great way to squeeze in to do list items that don’t require much time. I have also started getting mine used to the idea of playing without me. I normally just ask them where in the house they want to play and sit down to work as soon as they leave. If they don’t last long it’s easy for me to show them that I’m working and I need a little more time. We normally max out around 30 mins but you know how far that much time can go when its uninterrupted. And sometimes I can convince them to do it twice a day. Jackpot!

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