The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
Ahh.. the summer! We look forward to it and yet we dread it. We want the season to be filled with fun for the kids, but we also know that we need to get work done in the midst of it all.
How does one juggle everything and stay sane as well?
Here are 5 super-effective ways to cool down the heat this summer for fun and work:
1. Plan NOW.
That’s right. Planning ahead of time will help you be prepared when school is actually out. Jot down a routine that you’d follow. Outline activities to keep the kids busy while you knock off email or other tasks. Talk to other parents for play date swaps. Find a camp close to home for the kids to go to for a few hours every day. Planning now will go a LONG way in saving your sanity then.
2. Focus on essentials.
The slow summer season is NOT the time for you to be worrying about add-on projects or activities that can wait. Focus only on what really needs to be done from a work point-of-view. Everything else can wait. It can. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that.
3. Tackle productivity slumps.
The long, lazy summer days and the kids at home can all put you in a “holiday” mood with your productivity slumping every now and then. Tackling productivity slumps and getting your mojo back will ensure that you bounce back with ease.
4. Get support.
The summer is the perfect time to seek support. The best part is that you don’t have to shell out a lot or sign up for daycare. Think out-of-the box. How about a tween who’s home from school and who’ll be happy to earn a few dollars every week? Or how about a day summer camp where the kids can learn life skills while you knock off work for a few hours? Or how about asking your spouse if he or she can come home early a few days in the week so that you can escape to the coffee shop for work? Yes, you may need to use a combination of support systems to keep things running smoothly. That is why planning right now is so important.
5. Go easy.
Finally, remember that the summer is not going to last forever. School is going to start. Kids will go back to a routine. Your work will pick up. So, for now, go easy on yourself and everyone else. Savor the season and enjoy it.
What tips do YOU have for chilling out this summer as a work-at-home parent?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|