Let’s face it: When you’re working from home, there can be a lot more distractions that can get in the way of your productivity—especially if you have children. Whether you’re struggling to maintain focus, motivation or energy, a busy household can really get in the way of a solid day’s work.
Anna Peters, a member of the Sam Villa ArTeam, experienced this juggling act first-hand when she (like many other salon owners) was forced to close her own California-based salon as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through trial and error, Peters quickly discovered a few tips and techniques that help her get through each day. “It’s a challenge for me to work at home, but my girls Charly (eight), Bennett (19 months) and Kaliana (five) are so inspiring and I’m really enjoying this newfound time with them,” she says. “I’m also trying to get caught up on all the amazing digital education happening out there! Our businesses may be closed, but we are only getting stronger.”
Here are a few tips that help her work from home as a busy mom:
1. Maximize Nap Time
When your kids are asleep, take advantage of that hour or two to get as much done as possible! Peters says it’s best to look at your to-do list and pick out your highest priority tasks that require your full attention. This way, even if you don’t manage to get as much work done after they wake up, you’ll have at least crossed off a few of your goals.
2. Keep Them Entertained!
Makeovers are always a crowd-pleaser, especially when you’re dealing with kids. If you need to keep them busy for a while, Peters recommends letting them play around with a mannequin head. With a few brushes, pins and even a curling iron (if they’re old enough and responsible to do so) they will be entertained for hours!
3. Keep Them on a Schedule
It’s important that kids still maintain some sort of structure when they’re at home—for your sake and their own. Peters says the best way to achieve that is by mapping out a portion of the day when they need to be productive and follow direction. Whether it’s designated time for homework or a calm activity like a puzzle, this part of the day will help you gain some more time to focus on your own work, as well.
Another tip Peters shares is that this time at home is also a good opportunity to teach your older kids about responsibility by asking them to lead an activity with their younger siblings. By doing this it will help them feel more important and less restless in the long run.