If you are a creative entrepreneur that works from home and you have school age children, this time of year is like a mad rush! If you are like me, you are probably trying to get as much done as possible before the kids are out of school for summer. For the past several years, I’ve struggled to get everything done during the fun summer months. But, I’ve learned a few things that have made my summers go more smoothly. The following few tips will make you more productive this summer.
Set Work Hours
It can be difficult to work while your kids are at home. The mommy guilt can set in quickly and it can feel like you are ignoring your kids. However, I’ve learned that my kids are much happier if I tell them in advance that I’ll be working for a set amount of time during the day. Let them know that for the next 2-3 hours you’ll be working, then they know that you are not choosing to ignore them. It will also give them an ending time to your work day. Plan a little something fun, whether it be taking them swimming, watching a movie or reading them a book, with them after your work hours, so they have something to look forward to after the work time.
In an earlier post, I wrote about batch working. It definitely has changed the way I work and made me so much more productive. And, during the summer any shortcuts that will help save time can be life savers. Basically, batch working means that you take a set amount of time and do only one thing during that time so you can get more of it done. For example, during a work period, you might be able to crank out 3-4 blog posts. Ignore other items like email and social media during that time so that you are not switching back and forth between tasks. You will quickly find that if you focus on just one task at a time, you’ll be able to accomplish more tasks in a shorter amount of time.
Ask for Help
In the end, the best thing you can do to have a more productive summer is simply ask for a little help. Gather your support system and tell them what you need. For example, you might need ask your spouse if he or she can take over childcare for a few hours on Saturday morning so you have another chance to get everything done. Or you may want to hire the high school kid who lives on your street to come take your kids to the pool one afternoon per week. Or if you kids are older, ask them to be responsible for dinner preparations one night while you are finishing working. As women, we often choose to take on all the responsibilities of our household, but sometimes it is more than okay to ask for a little help!