Whilst the school summer holidays are a wonderful time, they can also be a challenge if you’re a working parent. If you work from home or run your own business, it can be tricky to stay focused when your children are suddenly in your office space. It’s also important to find the balance between keeping your business running as normal and not missing out on good times with your family.
Here are some of our top tips to stay focussed below:
We are big planners at KM Virtual Office, so before the school holidays begin, we’d certainly suggest looking ahead at the calendar to see what you can do to prepare for the 6-week break. One suggestion would be taking a week or a few days off to coincide, but sometimes that isn’t possible, after all, businesses don’t run themselves.
However, there are certain things you can schedule ahead. For example, social media. If you post daily, then to save yourself time over the break, you could draft and schedule your posts in advance so that it’s taken care of. This is something we help clients with as part of our Social Media Management service.
The same goes for any newsletters or regular marketing mail-outs that you send. If you create, draft and schedule these ahead then it’s another thing off the list. There could be a range of other tasks that you could work on ahead of the break too, and it might also be wise to ensure that big projects and deadlines don't fall in the middle of the 6-week break (if at all possible!)
Plan your working schedule
It’s important to create and agree a working schedule with your family so that everyone knows what is going on during the summer weeks.
Perhaps in advance, decide the hours you will work at home, such as when you start, when you finish and when you break for lunch. Set these boundaries, explain them to your children and then stick to them. This sets the expectation that you’ll be working on certain days and at certain times, which makes it much easier to implement.
If you have to make important calls or need quiet time to focus, put a note on your office door or tie something round the door handle as a signal that for a short time, no one is to disturb you!
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