Don’t forget about those at home
For those of you who may be working from home, but also have family members with you, it may be tricky to navigate a new routine, particularly if there’s a few of you under a small roof! However, try not to become too focused on establishing connections online. It’s also valuable time to spend connecting with those at home as well. When things have settled down and you’re able to manage your work/life balance more efficiently, consider the below.
Schedule family time – Now you’re at home, it’s a really good time to sit down and schedule some all-important family time. A plan is key here, especially if you have to fit work in as well as sorting the kids out! Sit down as a family, and work out where you all have some free time. Even if that means clearing the table, and getting a giant planner out – if you’re all doing it together, it means you’re all starting off on the same foot. Prioritise what’s important first, such as schooling activities and work, but be sure to do this together, so that it creates a much more cohesive environment.
Top tip: Get each family member to write down something they’d like to do together, then find time in your diary to make it happen. For example, using time that you’d otherwise have spent commuting can be used for baking cookies, doing a jigsaw or helping the kids with school activities. It really is a useful time to get to know your family more!
Regularly check in – Now you’re at home, and spending more time together, this may become tricky especially if there are lots of voices to be heard. It’s important to be considerate of how others in your household may be coping too, so check in, ask how they’re doing, give space if they need it and be there to support if things get a little tough. Also be mindful of how you’re managing the new set up, and reach out if you need support.
Top tip: If someone is struggling to cope whilst self-isolating or in a new routine, reassure them that it’s only temporary, and that they have plenty to look forward to. Encourage them to write a journal if they have difficulty expressing feelings in words and remind them that these are exceptional circumstances that no-one could have predicted or been prepared for. In other words, we’re all winging it – so cut yourself and others some slack!
In summary, remote working may be tricky at first, especially if it’s not something you’re used to. However, there are many ways to stay connected, stay well and stay happy during these uncertain times.
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