Set at-home office hours

“Working from home can be a way to get more time with the family but you have to make sure you structure the day to ensure the work is done also. I work from home two days a week. For that to succeed, though, I have to structure my time. For example, I like to take the children to school in the morning but then I work between say 8.30 and 10.30 a.m. During that time I am not available for just free-flowing interaction with the children. I arrange conference calls for that time and answer emails, etc. After 10.30 I go with my youngest to Panda Time (a kind of kindy gym) for about one and a half hours and then between about 1.00 and 3.00 I work again, when again I am not available to the kids. After 3 p.m. I pick up the children from school and hang out with them. I then go back to my study to do more work.” – Daniel Petre, entrepreneur and philanthropist

  • If you are able to work from home boundaries are important. It’s ok to set ‘office hours’ in your home
  • Schedule what part of your day will be for work and what part will be for family
  • Create some kind of signal to let everyone know when it is work time and when it is family time.

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