Here are some tips that will help me get more done while working from home and home schooling my children.
Do you know what you need to achieve in the day, and create a plan. It may be free plan with large blocks of time for ordinary shares (eg morning to schooling, afternoons for business work, evening the family) or it may be more accurate estimate of hourly plans (breakfast at 8am, mathematics at 9, spelling at 10 am, Mom checks email while the children take a break at 10:30, etc). This depends on your personality. Try different techniques to find what works best for you and your family.
2. programs and files.
I keep lists and plans. Weekly menu on my fridge. My purchase list is also there and as soon as we run out of something, it goes on the list. I’m going to use the crock pot often, especially when I know the day will be busy. I choose a home school curriculum that comes with the plans have already been set out so that it is easy to “open and go” then just check the box to complete the part. I’m a big fan of these things that work and do not try to re-invent the wheel.
my diary continued on my desk and when I have a specific project or components that need to be done, they go on the calendar. I keep an eye on what is due and what is coming up soon. I also use Basecamp online for client work and some of my own projects.
Find types of lists and plans that suit you. Keep planning tools in the most convenient locations so you are advised to use them and follow them.
3. Have a support.
Surround yourself with people and systems that support you in what you’ve got to achieve. We have chosen to home school through the Charter school program that gives us a teacher who I can call or email when I need help. I business friends who I know I can go for support and warranty as well. Makes a world of difference to know that’s there if I need it.
4. Challenge yourself.
If you think it will take 30 minutes to clean the kitchen or speed through email, set the timer for 15 and just see if you can get it done faster. You may be surprised at how often it works!