Being able to work from home sounds like a perfect solution to being a working Mum, and yes it is fantastic and has so many bonuses. However it also has it’s downsides, and I am going to chat to you on how I over come those challenges.
I have 3 children, so our house isn’t quiet at all! I also have a husband, and we all know a lot of those can’t do anything quietly!! So I do have to work around the noise, and distractions, which can be pretty tricky to switch off to.
Having A Space To Work From
So if possible give yourself a space to work from home at, that might be a spare room or if you don’t have that, then create an area where you can work from. I have my desk in my lounge/dining room so I cannot get away from the noise and distractions. However having my own desk does make me ‘zone’ in on what I am doing. I use to sit on the sofa with my laptop on my lap, however I have since invested in a desktop computer, desk and this is my space to work from. I can have all my bits and bobs right to hand, and it is a much better sitting position for me too.
Cutting Out Noise
If you can’t get away from the noise, then try to cut it out. I have found wearing headphones really helped me. I would pop on a ‘instrumental pop covers’ playlist from Spotify, hubby calls it waiting room music, but I find I like the tunes of the songs but it hasn’t got the words to sing along with. This stops me getting distracted by the music.
I was sent some new Sennheiser HD 4.30 Headphones to try out, these are so useful as I can pop my music on and shut out the noise around me! The soft premium leatherette ear pads are comfortable to wear, and will help keep out much of the noise around me, and with exceptional sound I was not disappointed by the quality.
We all need some company, being at home on your own during the day can get lonely. Once I have dropped the children off at school, I take the dog for a nice long walk. This gets me out, exercise and fresh air. I will try to meet up with friends for a walk with them too. I find I am much more focused when I get home, then work really hard to get as much as possible done without the children around.
I’ve found that I must stay organised trying to balance family life and work life together, having a desk space means I keep all my bits together and filed away. I have pots for things to go in, and notice boards to keep notes on. I do try to keep the family stuff off my desk, but for some reason the kids think it is a perfect place to place letters from school and rubbish that comes through the door! Maybe I need to come up with a better system for that!
If All Else Fails At Home
Go out to the coffee shop! Getting out the house sometimes is the only solution, take your laptop, smartphone and grab a coffee and get some work done. You might find you get even more done in a shorter time.
Do you have any good ideas that help you work from home around your family?
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