When you’re a dad that works from home, it’s hard to really find a balance. You can read up on different techniques and tactics until your heart’s content, but sometimes, you’ll find that some of the more intense ideas just aren’t all that practical. Because it’s one thing being a freelancer when you’re a bit younger, but when you have a family to take care of, it can be a lot to juggle. It’s more to do with your time than anything else. Because you often want to give your family the attention they deserve, but still stay productive with your work. If that sounds like a struggle you tend to have, then here’s what might work out well for you.
Get Some Space
Firstly, you really do have to set yourself a designated work space. It’s completely cool to work from the couch, or to set up shop at the dining room table, but you’re not really going to be your most productive self that way. And if you do have little ones at home, they’re just going to want to get involved. So, you’re going to want to set up a home office if you have the space. And if you don’t, then why not think about converting your garage or attic to make room. It will be worth the investment if you’re able to focus more, and therefore earn more.
Set Working Hours
Another key idea that will help you to find a balance that works best for you, is to set yourself some working hours. Okay, so the main idea of you wanting to work from home is often due to the flexibility that it offers. But you still need to have some kind of structure within that. You’ll often find that setting your hours, even if they’re 6am-8am and 10am-4pm, having them in place will allow you to focus when it’s work time, and switch off when its not.
From here, you’re also going to want to learn to plan well. Because organization is going to be the key to keeping your productivity levels on track. Whether it’s marketing or admin, project work or finances, you need to know what you’re going for the day ahead, so you can get it all done. And planning well is the way to do it.
Don’t Do It Alone
You may also need a little help. Whether you need to hire IT support or a virtual assistant, do it. You will find that using contractors to help you out will allow you to get things done, enjoy your dad time, and find the perfect balance between both.
Allow Yourself To Switch Off
And don’t ever feel guilty for switching off. As a dad, you need that quality time with your family, and so it’s okay to make time for it. When the day is done, switch off. Allow yourself to separate your work from home life and just enjoy the time with your family. And then, you’ll realize how easy it is to find a balance.