Remember those six glorious, uninterrupted, Johnny Test-less hours you had to work at home peacefully, time spent with the television actually turned off or tuned to “Mommy and Daddy” shows? Ah, I remember those days well, as if they were only last week… (They were.) If it’s spring break in your neck of the woods, your quiet, little haven has been invaded by hordes of little people with loud, argumentative voices and seemingly insatiable appetites. How on earth are you supposed to get work done?
Here’s what I’ve had to relearn this week, having been spoiled by full-day-school-age children:
- Plan on not working around any of the following times: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Children’s bellies rumble like clockwork.
- Plan on doing most of your work before the kids get up and after they go to bed. Nap, if you can, whenever you can.
- Schedule time to hang out with your kids. Play board games in the bad weather, go for walks in the sunshine. Or else the guilt will eat you alive.
- Don’t pick up your business line unless you are 100 percent ready to work. People may be more accepting of working from home, but, still, nothing says distracted like a child crying in the background, so let the call roll to voicemail and return it later. Or send an email. It’s far safer.
- Use bribery, if you have to. There’s no shame in doling out a few Skinny Cows in exchange for a half hour of silence.
- Two words: “Ask Daddy.”