We’re more than halfway through half term but even so I’m determined to get this post up and out, which is kind of the whole point of the message. Yes it is entirely possible to watch as the kids chase each other through fields, while you send those important documents and order new printer paper. Possible, but not always fun. In our house there’s just one teenager so WFH is easier, but we still need a plan:
• Carve the day into three: morning, afternoon, evening. Promise one of those sections to work.
• Drop off at the cinema then take your computer to a nearby cafe.
• Make sure the holiday home has WiFi.
• Does the park cafe have WiFi? Get your coats on, kids…
• Work on the plane. Work on the train. Work on the boat. Lunchtime! Back to the park.
• Limit the week to work that can be done ad-hoc, saving the office calls for the week after.
• Organise your week like a KonMari wardrobe so you know just what’s happening and when.
• Say ‘not yet’ to all the heavy jobs and ‘that’s fine’ to the manageable ones.
• Schedule in sleep – you can’t do this on half-power.
• Biscuit jar full, coffee permanently brewing, snack lunches and at least one takeout dinner.
• Send the kids to the grandparents.
• Send the teens to the shops, forget something and send them out again.
• More coffee.