I’m not just talking about your workday or tasks you have to do, but you will be staying at home for the whole time.
What most people do is jump directly into work. That is the biggest mistake you can make. At the end of the day, you will find that you weren’t productive, and all hell broke loose, now that everyone is at home.
Don’t jump right into work, but take the time to sit and discuss with your family, significant other and bring them in for those of you who have kids. Everyone should understand the situation as well as the responsibilities that everyone has.
Let’s start with those who have kids. I find that planing out their activities in advance and have beautiful handmade charts works excellent. I learned from my younger sister, a mother of four, the reward system for achieving each daily goal. I’ve never seen kids so motivated to do their homework and house chores. The reward could be anything from tasty treats to 45mins of TV time.
For the new parents, I know that your bundle of joy can be overwhelming, but now it’s planning both your activities and how you will tackle them. First thing first, you have to be honest with yourself. You will never be sitting 8 hours straight on your chair working. You will be getting up every now and then. So plan your work schedules on 20 to 30 and 30 to 45 minutes sprints with a 15 minutes break. The trick here is that one of you will have 15 minutes head start.
Like that, you have loads of time to take care of your baby and do your work. Keep the longer sprints for when the baby is sleeping.
Another thing is couples. Guys! Do not be selfish! Take turns making tea or coffee as well as snacks for each other. During your breaks, do a little chore, like doing the dishes, wipe the countertop, pass the broom, put the laundry to wash.
Before we can move the working part, you will need working space. Find a beautiful, quiet corner that you can see what is going around you, but at the same time not being distracted or in the way of the household foot traffic. This will be your work for the next few weeks, so give it a personal touch to make it feel and look comfortable.
Now that we have established our daily routine, we can now move to work planning. Of course, everyone does not have the same situation at home; some of us live alone, in couples, couples with a baby, some with toddlers. Some of us work for ourselves while others work for a company or with a remote team. So set your calendar with your available working hours and predefined breaks. It would help to share that calendar with your team, so they can plan their work accordingly or know when you are available for that conference call.