Many of us have adjusted to working at home and to our “new normal.” Now that it’s being extended beyond the initial in-shelter executive orders, it may make sense to fine-tune your workspace and work habits to maximize your productivity. Efficiency at work may lead to additional free time to focus on the kids and to be outside to enjoy the upcoming summer season in San Diego!
Wake Up Early
Even working one solid hour before other family members rise can increase productivity and allow you to organize and prioritize your workday. If you have young children and know you will be going to bed early, take advantage of this morning time. With an opportunity to wrap up your day by the early afternoon you can head outdoors to enjoy fresh air with your family and pets.
Condense Your Workweek
Can you work four extended days as a trade-off for a three-day weekend or a Wednesday day off? Consider discussing this option with your employer. Many workers have discovered they are much more productive at home with less co-worker disruptions and office meetings. You may already be working long hours, but with an emphasis on creating a four-day workweek, the extra time with your family or downtime for yourself will be mentally and physically beneficial. A three-day weekend during the summer months may also allow for local road trips or a much needed staycation.
Create a Daily Schedule
Write out a daily schedule in collaboration with your children (if age appropriate). Summer time most likely will mean no school and limited activities for the kids. Summer camps, if open in your community, will be modified. When the kids have something to look forward to each day, their indoor cooperation will stay on target. Set a schedule that affords you two-hour blocks of time to work while the kids focus on indoor activities (reading, tv time, art projects). In between the work blocks, dedicate a period of time where your focus is on the family and stepping outdoors for an activity everyone will enjoy. A mid-day break will improve your mindset, allow for some movement and include quality time with your loved ones. While we are living through one of the most unusual times in living memory, implementing these three tips will help you stay productive at work while setting aside enough time to spend with your family this summer.