Updated: Mar 17
Running a business is hard enough. Throw school closures into the mix and it can be incredibly challenging for small business owners who have school-aged kids at home. You’re juggling the roles of teacher, principal, business leader, and parent all at once.
Let’s be real - there’s no such thing as work-life balance right now, and all we can do is try to stay sane. Here are some tips to help you make it through:
Establish a schedule - with breaks included
The Draugiem Group, a software company based in Latvia conducted a study as cited by Inc on their employees and found they were most productive when focused on tasks for shorter periods with frequent rest breaks. Results show the ideal ratio was 52 minutes of intense work followed by a 17-minute break.
This principle applies to all ages. Frequent breaks helps promote focus.
Give your kid(s) structure with a schedule for completing school work, spending time reading, or doing crafts so that they can fill their day and give you space to work, but reward with scheduled “off” time they can look forward to to recharge their batteries.
Take an opportunity to share your work ethic
Make it clear you both have responsibilities to fulfill throughout the day. Talk about what you have to do and how you’re tackling it, and let them share with you how they’re going to work hard at their tasks that day. And you can both talk about what breaks and play or downtime you’re looking forward to as a reward.
Create an office for your kids
You both benefit from a clean and organized workspace. Make sure their space is clear of distractions and stocked with the essentials - notebooks, pens, pencils, assignment sheets, a desk, etc.
Don’t forget to make it welcoming and personalized. Give them the opportunity to decorate their work space, with the items that they love and inspiring artwork to help get the creative juices flowing.
Even if it’s just a corner of a table - having “their” space for their work will emphasize how important it is.
Give yourself a break
Your kids are going to come out of this okay. They're going to learn from being around you and they’re going to emerge resilient, smart, and stronger for this experience. Give yourself, and your kids, a break and don’t try to be the best home-school teacher in the world.
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