The ever turbulent and unpredictable business environments have forced many organizations to rethink their budgets. Hence people are being laid off in large numbers across the globe.
This has significantly increased entrepreneurial activities.
The benefits of being your own boss are obvious. You can plan your own schedule, decide which projects you want to tackle and remain in charge of your financial situation.
A challenge for work-from-home entrepreneurs, who are also parents, is being productive. Here are a few tips that can help you boost your productivity while balancing work and family tasks.
1. Wake up before dawn to work.
The most obvious benefit here is that you have more time to work. Waking up early directly translates to having more time on your hands. Set an alarm two to three hours before your kids wake up for school.
Use this time to accomplish your tasks that require the utmost concentration. Several studies agree that early risers have an overall higher productivity at work.
Once the children are awake and demand your attention, you will be glad you woke up earlier.
2. Put your kids to good use.
They say cleanliness is close to godliness. Just because you’re an entrepreneur and a parent doesn’t give you an excuse for keeping your house untidy.
Teach your children everything you know about cleaning and maintaining a clean home. By assigning this responsibility, it automatically frees up more time to focus on your business.
3. Separate your work environment from living environment.
Distractions typically occur when your children interrupt you while you’re busy; especially, when you are under pressure to meet a deadline. This is why you must create an office space that’s closed off from other rooms in your house.
You should make your children understand that your workplace is not accessible to them. By doing this, you have saved yourself from incessant distractions and loss of vital documents.
4. Prepare for vacations ahead of time.
When you plan a family vacation in advance, it can be easy to forget about it once you get bogged down in work.
This is why you should pack everything ahead of time. If it’s not a financial drain for you, I recommend keeping two sets of family essentials packed in the house and in your vehicle.
When you pack the essential items ahead of time, the rest can be handled by the kids. This way you won’t lose time spent on your business.
5. Separate work time and family time.
As much as it’s possible, make sure you are not thinking of your family when you are working and vice versa. You can tackle this problem by creating a schedule that helps you to allocate equal time to both.
Ensure that the bulk of your work time falls when your kids are not around, such as when they’re at school or the playground. This will provide you with a distraction-free, serene environment for you to get work done.
6. Outsource when necessary
One of the ways you can do this is by hiring virtual assistants (VAs). VAs can take care of your administrative tasks while you focus on your business.
Outsourcing is necessary especially when your business starts growing.
Being a stay-at-home entrepreneur and a parent is demanding. The ability to find a balance between the two roles will not only enhance your workplace productivity, but it will also improve your relationship with your family.