When it comes to many aspects of your health, there is a lot to balance, and if you are someone who feels like there is a lot to juggle, especially with young kids, trying to get any work done at home can be quite overwhelming. If you have a job where there are meetings about meetings or you need to concentrate for extended periods of time, having a child in your periphery attempting to distract you can be extremely challenging. But there are a number of strategies that can help, especially if you are struggling with working at home in general. Here are a few ways to manage working from home and make it a less stressful situation:

Keeping Yourself Warm

Many people over the last couple of years have been doing their best to keep their energy bills down, and this has meant not switching the heating on at home. If you are someone who has been trying to do work but it’s in an incredibly cold environment, the best thing you can do is to keep your blood flowing by ensuring your core body temperature stays up.

If you are someone who needs to do a lot of typing but you can feel your hands locking up, there are other solutions available, such as thermal gloves for men. But if you do a bit of exercising to keep yourself warm, you will feel the benefits in other ways as well. Many people feel they cannot get up and perform jogging on the spot when they’re busy working, but it’s essential to have breaks away from the computer as well.

So once an hour, do something that gets your blood flowing and that you enjoy. Whether it’s swinging a kettlebell, doing some press-ups, some desk isometrics, or just going for a brisk walk around the block quickly, you will feel the benefits.

Set Work and Home Boundaries

Many people struggle to differentiate between what is work and home, and partly this can be due to the job in question because if it is an intense job or it is a very reactive job that involves answering lots of emails, it’s hard to differentiate between work and home life because they are constantly blurred.

Many people work from home, but they still haven’t got the boundaries right. The solution is very simple: work your allocated hours and then do what you can to avoid the temptation to check emails or to do a little bit of work in the evenings or the weekends. For many parents, it’s easier enough to not work because of the kids, but when we have our emails on our phones or our laptops are within reach, we’ve got to get rid of our work emails from our phones and find somewhere to hide your computer.

This is one of the most effective solutions because if it is out of sight then, over time, it can be out of mind. It’s very tough to do at the outset, but this is where learning how to increase your willpower can be an asset for you.

Work on Your Well-being

If there’s one benefit to working in an office, it is the fact that there is a designated location for us to do our work, and therefore we can get into work mode and home mode. But for people who are working at home constantly, we can slowly over time start to associate the home with fleeting feelings of stress.

While you can benefit from physically separating your work environment from your homework, for example, by setting up a garden office, you still need to work on your well-being. That sense of mental clarity can make a big difference when we are having to stay at home and potentially not leave the house for days at a time.

A lunchtime walk is an excellent solution here because it will give you that sense of mental clarity, but you also need to address your stress triggers. There are an abundance of tools out there to help you reduce stress, but it can be just as much about working more effectively and not sticking to a predetermined process. If you can increase your mental clarity by creating a routine that includes breaks and exercise, you can maintain the balance and reduce stress in every aspect of your life.

Learn to Work Smarter

Sometimes it’s just as much about having the right tools and learning to work more effectively so you don’t feel like you are constantly overwhelmed when working at home. This is particularly important when you have young children at home. While lots of guides talk about having to work in the evening when the kids are asleep so you can catch up on the important tasks, this can result in a self-perpetuating feeling of being overwhelmed.

Learning to work smarter is partly about finding the right tools to streamline your working processes but also recognizing where your weaknesses lie. An excellent example is if you are not the quickest of typists. Not everybody has the ability to type 120 words per minute, and this is why speech-to-text software is an excellent investment, especially when you are doing long-form documents.

Additionally, tools like the Pomodoro Technique and other time management strategies can give you a sense of freedom over your workload; the Eisenhower Decision Matrix is another tool that can help you determine the urgency and importance of a task.

Learn to Be Patient

Trying to spin so many plates is overwhelming because if you’re trying to work and keep the kids happy, it’s so important to be patient not just with your children but with yourself.
The situation is challenging for everyone involved, and if you are constantly trying to get work done with children hanging off you, you might feel that pressure cooker rising. Learning how to be patient is definitely a fine art when it comes to working with kids, but we have to look at the big picture and remember that it won’t be like this forever.


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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