10 Time-management tips while working from home with kids

Updated: Mar 30

Managing your time while working from home with kids can be a bit challenging if not done properly and effectively. There may be two scenarios when working from home with kids.


One may include a set schedule like a typical 9 to 5 scenario, while the other may be a flexible work situation, for example, Blogging. However, in both cases, whether structured or flexible, time management is key to ensuring that productivity is at its optimal best.


I am going to provide some tips and tricks to ensure better management of time while working from home especially with children.


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“An effective work from home situation requires effective time management skills especially with kids."

1. BE REALISTIC WITH THE FAMILY OF YOUR WORK EXPECTATIONS

If you are in a position to work from home while having your children at home with you, be realistic of what it entails, and make the necessary adjustments. Having a family talk with a spouse or older children who are more responsible is really important and can help to eliminate any wasted time while on the job.


The more aware your family is of your work expectations and schedule, the better you are able to manage your time more effectively.


Have you seen that video that went viral, with the kid popping in on dad's live meeting at work?

You don't want that scenario to happen to you, do you?


So ensure that proper arrangements are made before working with children from home. That may entail having a babysitter or older children be responsible for the younger ones while attending to work.


If your job is however flexible then your time can vary in-between activities that your child can be doing while you're at work. If it is not flexible, but rather a set schedule, you may have to arrange babysitting for younger kids and activities for the older ones ( unless they are doing e-learning).


2. HAVE A SCHEDULE

Have you ever gone through a day and looked back only to realize you missed an important job-related activity? It does happen often especially when you don't have a schedule.