Homeworking? How to Survive the Summer Holidays
It seemed like you had the perfect flexible working arrangement ΓÇô hidden away in your comfy home office. But now the summer holidays are here and suddenly juggling parenting with working has taken on a whole new meaning.
Surrounded by your adventure-seeking children, itΓÇÖs tempting just to down tools and head to a theme park. The glorious weather makes it even trickier. We look at ways to make it work.
Take a summer sabbatical
If you run your own business and can organise your schedule this option is worth considering. Of course, it requires plenty of advance planning, and the kind of company structure or business model which can survive this kind of break.
But it can work. Freelance copywriter and marketer Andy Maslen does it, shutting down his business for four whole weeks during the summer.
ItΓÇÖs preferable to locking yourself in the office, feeling like youΓÇÖre missing out on all the fun. After all, thatΓÇÖs not a productive environment for anyone.
More hours, less days
CanΓÇÖt take an extended break? May be you can condense your working hours into less days instead.
Swap your five seven-hour days for three twelve-hour days, and youΓÇÖve earned yourself two extra days off each week for day trips and fun activities.
That way, you donΓÇÖt have to be the big bad wolf ΓÇô and you can still get all your work done.
Grab a hot desking pass
CanΓÇÖt condense your hours? Then thereΓÇÖs only one thing for it ΓÇô you need to get out of the house. Thankfully, many business centres now offer hot desking facilities which give you a quiet (yes, remember what that sounds like?) and professional working environment which you can use as and when you need it.
Arm yourself with a hot-desking pass, your laptop and away you go.
Best of all, with this kind of focused working environment you might find you get through each dayΓÇÖs work that little bit quicker ΓÇô freeing up some extra time to spend with your family after all.
WhatΓÇÖs your experience of homeworking during the summer holidays? Got any tips to share?