Balancing a busy family life along with your work from home job is always a juggle, but especially so during the holidays, when it seems like work and home come crashing together more than ever. But you can successfully navigate through the holiday waters while still being productive at work. Here are five ways to work from home during the holidays.
1. Prioritize Your Workload
Ideally you would like to complete the 25 things on your to-do list, but prepping the turkey is going to cut into that time. So take a good look at your list to determine what really needs to get done—and what can wait for another day when you’ll have more time and energy to focus on completing those tasks.
2. Work When You Can
Even though you can customize your calendar when you work from home, your flexible schedule is going to take a holiday hit come Thanksgiving. It’s a good idea to look through your entire day to find pockets of time where you can fit in work. That way, you’ll still be able to finish all your work—and take full advantage of your flexible schedule.
3. Expect the Unexpected
Your child coming home from school with his bookbag, a half-eaten sandwich—and a stomach virus. It can be hard to keep working when you have so many demands—holiday and otherwise—on your time. But it’s important to keep an open mind—and a sense of humor—when things go awry during your day. You’ll be able to refocus faster and accomplish more.
4. Score Some Perspective
Sure, working from home while trying to balance family life and your work duties can be tricky. But it’s important to remember that not everyone has this same work flexibility. Currently, only 1 in 5 Americans works from home full-time, but the good news is that this number is slowly increasing. Until everyone can enjoy workplace flexibility, just remember how lucky you are that you can work remotely, enjoying the best of both worlds.
Working from home during the holidays can be tricky, but it’s totally doable. Being flexible with your time and with a positive attitude, you’ll be able to accomplish all your work—just in time to carve the turkey.