As a homeschooling mother who also works from home, I often find myself struggling to get everything done and truly make the time my son needs for education. Lets’ face it – it is never easy to “do it all”, and we all have to realize and accept we don’t have to. For our family that has meant unschooling more than schooling, keeping a chore chart to keep us all on track and sticking to a daily routine so we get the basics covered. Here is what I feel is a great start on How To Work From Home & Homeschool Easily that will hopefully make this a reality rather than a dream for your family. While it seems impossible, it can be done with enough organization and practice. Remember no two families are the same, so adapt for your family as needed.
HOW TO WORK FROM HOME & HOMESCHOOL EASILY
CREATE A DESIGNATED OFFICE AND/OR SCHOOL SPACE: Some people are able to focus and stick to a routine in their living room or kitchen, but I find myself struggling with distractions like dishes, laundry and the television. Creating a designated space for my own work plus a school space in that area has increased our productivity by at least 100%. Not only is it quieter and easier to focus on my work, it helps our son stay focused on his school or chores. While we still unschool a lot, there are some things that still need that desk and chair method to complete.
CHOOSE YOUR CALENDAR WISELY: There are several things to consider when deciding if you want to school year round or on a traditional calendar. Check out our tips for making that choice and determine if your education and work goals are going to be best if you work in a traditional school year or year round. We find that a slower paced and longer year round school year is much better for our busy lifestyle and frequent travels for work. Our son maintains momentum with his education while we are able to enjoy tons of family time no matter what time of year it is.
CREATE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT: This doesn’t mean you will work every single day from 9am-5pm then close the office door. It does, however mean that you will have a general schedule for when things need to be done. It can be as loose as listing that Monday is email correspondence for work and English sentence structures for the child, or could be as complex as nailing out every hour activity around the clock. The important part is that you get everyone on board and you stick to your schedule/routine as closely as possible.
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO EVERYONE ELSE: I honestly think this is the most important advice I have to give. When I stopped worrying about how others did it and focused on what worked best for me and my family I became a ton more productive and way happier. Creating your own curriculum can be cost effective, but also time consuming. That 2 hours a week may be worth the $100 a year in packaged school curriculum. There is no shame or guilt in that. If you do your best most focused work mid-day or later then don’t worry about getting up at the crack of dawn each day. Start your work day at noon or later, but make sure to always allow for family time, proper sleep and regular meals and exercise.
These simple steps for how to work from home & homeschool easily may seem to be very basic but they are by far the most important factors in my own personal success. Not only is my work thriving this year, but my son is growing and learning more each day and excelling far past his proposed grade level. We school for only 2-3 hours per day, then we both have other work or chores to do. He has daily household chores, play time, independent reading, crafts and projects and as a reward some TV time for selected shows in the afternoons. We spend our evenings together as a family over dinner and occasionally a movie before bedtime. We have become a much happier and healthier family unit while seeing success in all the areas of importance in the meantime.