How to Make the Most of the Hours Your Children are in School
As a single parent, you don’t have the luxury of asking the other parent to take care of the kids on Saturday afternoons while you work in the home office.
That parent also won’t be there to sit down with the children to do their homework while you call a client.
If you are a single parent working from home, you need to make the most of the hours when your children are in school.
Motivate yourself to do most of your work during the hours while your kids are in school.
Give yourself a pep talk each morning so that you stay motivated to get a lot done over the next few hours.
At the beginning of each day, picture yourself submitting projects to clients moments before your children arrive home on the bus.
If you stay motivated, you are more likely to accomplish your daily goals.
Eat your breakfast and gather the materials you need for the day before taking your kids to school.
Once you drop off the kids, it’s time to get down to business and get as much done as you can before school lets out for the day.
If you arrive home after dropping off your children at 9am, there isn’t any time to spare.
Keep in mind that you need to leave again in just 5 or 6 hours to pick up your children from school.
You can’t waste a moment of time once you sit down at your desk.
Make Organization a Priority
Being organized can help you make the most of your time when your kids are in school.
Start out by organizing your work area. Place a table or desk where you can work. Your work area should also have any files you need. Keep a pen, pencil, paper, printer paper and any other items you use on a regular basis in this work area.
Use file folders to keep your projects separated. Find a layout that works well for you and then maintain it in an organized fashion.
Keep a list of the names and phone numbers of clients and business associates on hand.
Devote the Hours Your Children Are in School to Work Only
Avoid making personal calls during work hours unless absolutely necessary. Don’t run personal errands while your children are in school unless it’s impossible to run them at any other time.
Ask friends and family members not to call or visit during your primary work hours. Do what it takes to make those hours a time to conduct business only.
If you run a home-based business, make the most of the times your children are in school. It’s important not to delay the start of your workday.
Determine what you want to get done each day before you begin your work hours. Maintain an organized area where you can work so that you don’t waste time looking for supplies and “tools” you use regularly.
You can accomplish a large amount of your work while your kids are in school learning.