Working from home with children presents all kinds of challenges. Time management is mutual conflicts, frequent disturbances and mutual affairs, to name a few. But the situations you face and overcome at home create opportunities to learn and develop management skills that can also be used at work.
After raising my two daughters 5 years ago, I think working from home with children is the right balance – I don’t know anyone who has mastered it. However, I have learned some lessons along the way, and I want to share some of them here.
Reward Small Goals
Encouragement, encouragement, bribery – call it custom, but to get results from children, you often have to shake carrots in front of them. As adults and professionals, we are not all different. Rewarding yourself for achieving small goals is effective, especially when our expectations of immediate relief increase over time. Goal setting theory is based on the premise that conscious goals affect action.
The theory states that when there are specific and challenging goals with appropriate feedback (a.k.a rewards), the results will be just as good. An essential component of this goal and reward combination is to ensure that the reward is consistent with the outcome of the work. The important thing is that this reward should not jeopardize success. For example, eating whole apple pie should not be rewarded for achieving fitness goals.
Set and Stick to a Schedule
During the epidemic their school-age children will come home as a result of orders for shelter space, many parents set up daily schedules to help each of the first tasks stay normal. Had to give In many cases, I believe, it was done for the parents as much as for the children, if not more.
As creatures of habit, adhering to schedules provides guidelines that keep us on track. Use in a blueprint that reminds you to focus on the right things so you can make the best use of your time. Make a checklist to find out what you need to get each day. Next, prioritize these tasks, estimate how much time you will spend on each task, and add them to your calendar accordingly. Alarm clocks, timers and other information can go a long way in helping you stay on track.
Depending on how enthusiastic you are, you may want to consider listing all the results that may come up if you start late. Like writing a to-do list helps you figure out what to do.
Show Employees Empathy
Staying at home all day can drive everyone a little crazy, but for children, the feelings created by these restrictions can be difficult to navigate, to say the least. Hopefully, your employees are well equipped to handle their emotions, but sometimes everyone needs to slow down a bit. Just as children need some time to run around or discover something new, employees who have a balance between work and life may need some time or help to meet their needs. A little compassion can go a long way.
One of the telecommunication products has been more communication. This is especially true for those with children, who often have to be more transparent in scheduling and environmental challenges. The result has been a more compassionate workforce, and a new routine of change in society. It needs to be valued. Frequent and open communication keeps everyone in the loop, helping to set and manage expectations.
Make Time for Yourself
As a parent and as a manager most of your time is dedicated to the people and things around you. This can lead to feelings of frustration, stress and even resentment. Find out what helps you reduce or rearrange your direction – reading, watching shows, and going for a run – and the way you do other things in your schedule. Will give Setting a specific time for this can help create expectations for yourself and those around you, which will promote consistency. By preparing yourself at this time, you will be able to return to the finished table, rejuvenated and ready to move the earth.
Working from home with children certainly has its ups and downs, but you can expose learning opportunities in seemingly normal conversations. Many of these opportunities translate to management skills, so take out these nuggets of wisdom, and as a leader, you’ll be better off.