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Work From Home Tips to Help You Stay Organized and Efficient

Updated: May 7

Distractions, distractions, and more distractions are here to stay in the workplace. It's a difficult balancing act. After all, you're attempting to do two jobs at once and probably believe you're failing at both.

"You feel both demands at the same time, and that's why you lose your shit," explains Danna Greenberg, professor of organizational behavior at Babson College and co-author of Maternal Optimism.

To put it another way? When you work from home, it's easy to lose your cool with the kids. You don't want to, but sometimes it feels like they're the car in front of you and you're 10 minutes late. "It produces a lot of stress when you regard your children as hurdles," says Art Markman, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Bringing Your Brain to Work.

So, how do you work from home with kids while maintaining both your attention and your cool? Well, you need to reframe your perspective and do everything you can to lessen stress and feel like you're getting stuff done in a timely manner. The fundamentals must not be overlooked: exercise, sleep, get some sun, and eat healthily. But there are other work from tips to remember as well, ones that can help you relax, focus, and feel productive. Here are 32 strategies to get you started. Will they work for everyone and fix every issue that arises? God no. However, we hope that some of these make the craziness of working from home a little more bearable.

Working From Home While Having Children Tips

  1. Reduce Your Expectations Lowering expectations may appear to be a sign of weakness, but the truth is that you have less time for your workday. Trying to do everything only adds to the stress. Begin the day by making a to-do list of no more than two items to do. Greenberg claims that it will keep you focused in the midst of all the randomness that will be thrown at you.

  2. Make a list of traits you want to pass on. Consider a quality you want to instill in your children. According to Beth Kurland, clinical psychologist and author of The Transformative Power of 10 Minutes, "write that on a note and stick it on your computer as your guidance." Look at this to remind yourself of the ultimate objective and what is most essential.

  3. Take a stroll Take a 15-minute walk about midday. According to Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor of health and exercise sciences at The University of British Columbia, "you get up and leave the house, and the speed gets your heart and endorphins circulating."

  4. Be Open and Honest with Your Coworkers Inform your teammates of your situation. "My kids are at home for school on Tuesdays and Fridays," or "Noon is a chaotic time around here." Then tell them when you'll be back online. People are more understanding now, but they do not automatically comprehend your predicament. Greenberg insists that you inform them.

  5. Pose Deadline-Related Questions When you receive a deadline assignment, ask, "What is the latest I can get it to you?" It may seem apparent, yet it's remarkable how many people don't inquire. Armed with this knowledge, you can work smarter rather than harder.

  6. Breaaaaaaaatthhheeeeeeee Are you freaking out? Breathwork is your best buddy since it allows you to focus on the present moment. Take three deep breaths before answering the phone, sending an email, or yelling at the kids to reset your mind and prevent yourself from catastrophizing, suggests Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Real Change.


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