Prioritize your tasks. Figure out what projects have deadlines, which tasks are most likely to generate income, or what needs to be accomplished to meet your basic job functions. If you can delegate tasks to other staff working remotely, do it. Now is not the time be picky about how your assistant signs the emails or indents the margins. Let it go, it is a waste of precious time.
3. MODIFY YOUR SCHEDULE
Do you want to know when your most productive hours are with children at home? When they are sleeping. I am usually able to accomplish about 80% of my work during my child’s 2.5 hour nap, purely out of necessity. Now that I am full time at home, I am also working for the 2 hours after my child falls asleep and sometimes even those glorious morning moments before he runs screaming through my house with bounding energy and hanger.
4. TAKE BREAKS FOR 100% KID TIME
My little blessing wants my attention most when he can’t have it. So, I started putting the phone down, stepping away from the computer, and playing with my kid for 15-20 minutes at a time. Even those little moments help relieve so much parent guilt about focusing on work otherwise, and 15 minutes is about all that my kid needs to grow bored with me and return to his mom-free activities.
5. MAKE TOYS EXCITING AGAIN
Remember those toys you packed away? Swap them out for the toys they are currently playing with. Then they are just like new toys! Rotate in a new (old) toy once a day. I got a solid hour of work time out of one toy today, and when he becomes bored with it tomorrow, it will disappear for a week or so.