Working From Home Can Be a Circus: 10 Tips to Keep Your Calm

A work-from-home job requires parents to develop the skills of a ringmaster.

Working from home while juggling young kids can feel like you’ve joined the circus. You’re the ringmaster trying to keep the tightrope walker in balance and stuff clowns in a miniature car while hoping the juggler doesn’t drop anything. 

Between Zoom calls and diaper changes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not! We have ten tips to help you maintain your sanity and thrive in this three-ring circus. As someone who started working from home as a copywriter with young children, I completely get the chaos. I once missed a deadline because my toddler dumped a juice box upside down right over my laptop! Here are ten of my best tips to help you stay calm and circus on.

10 Ways Parents Working From Home Can Rebalance Their Lives

Start small; implement one thing at a time. You’ll find the best combination for your lifestyle.

1 – Prepare for the following day the evening ahead

Mornings can be a hectic time, especially with kids. Taking a few minutes in the evening to prepare for the next day can save you time and stress in the morning. Pack their lunches, lay out clothes, and ensure you have everything you need for work. This simple step can help create a smoother morning routine, allowing you to start the day on the right foot. 

2 – Plan your most crucial work for the children’s naptime 

Naptime is a precious resource for work-from-home parents. That is the time to tackle your most important tasks, whether responding to emails or working on a big project. Try to use this time as efficiently as possible. You will maximize your productivity and still have time for other tasks.

3- Follow a daily routine

 Kids thrive on routine, and so do adults. Establishing a daily routine can help create a sense of structure and predictability for everyone. That can include regular mealtimes, playtime, and designated work hours. A predictable daily routine helps you manage your time more effectively and reduce stress, especially if young children need structure.

4 – Carve out a dedicated workspace for working from home

Having a dedicated workspace is vital for work-from-home parents. It can help you mentally separate work from home and reduce distractions. If you have a spare room, use it as an office. If not, designate a corner of a room as your workspace. Ensure you have a comfortable chair, good lighting, and all the tools you need to do your job effectively.

5 – Don’t peek at emails after you log off for the day

It can be tempting to check your work email outside work hours, but this can increase stress and burnout. Try to establish a clear boundary between work and home life. Once you’ve logged off for the day, resist the urge to check your email until the next workday. This clear definition can help you recharge and focus on your personal life, reducing the risk of burnout.

6 – Limit children’s screen time

Technology can be a lifesaver when you need to work, but it’s important not to rely on them too heavily. Limit your children’s screen time and encourage them to engage in other activities, like reading or playing with quiet toys. Too much screen time can lead to health problems and behavioral issues, so it’s essential to establish healthy boundaries.

7 – Find time for self-care: 

Self-care is crucial, especially when you’re juggling work and kids. Make time to indulge in activities that nourish your body and soul. Think exercise, reading, or taking a bubble bath. Self-care can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being, making you more effective at work and more present for your family.

8 – Rise early and enjoy the quiet morning

Rising early can give you much-needed quiet time before the day’s chaos begins. Use this time to sip coffee, meditate, or tackle a few quick work tasks before the kids wake up. It can help you feel the most confident and control of your day. It also reduces stress, especially if you have a busy schedule.

9 – Pay attention to your family when they really need you

Work is important, but family always comes first. If your child is sick or needs your attention, give them your undivided attention. It’s important to remember that your job can wait. But your family’s needs sometimes cannot. By prioritizing your family, you can create a healthier work-life balance and reduce stress and guilt.

10 – Declutter your home and workspace

Clutter can significantly cause stress, so take some time to declutter your home and workspace. This effort can help you feel more organized and focused, leading to increased productivity. Get rid of anything you don’t need, organize your space, and make sure everything has a designated place. A clutter-free environment can help you think more clearly and reduce distractions, allowing you to focus on your work and family.

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Summing It Up: Working From Home Can Be Equal Parts Chaotic and Rewarding

Balancing work and kids can feel like a never-ending circus act, but with these tips, you can become the master juggler. Remember that it’s okay to drop one of those bowling pins you’re occasionally juggling–watch your toes!

These tips can reduce stress, increase productivity, and create a healthier work-life balance. Working from home can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding. Embrace the chaos, enjoy the quiet moments, and remember–you’re doing your best. The show must go on! Just do us a favor (despite your busy day); please connect with Word Innovations on Facebook.

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