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How to commute from work to family life

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How to commute from work to family life while working from home

Welcome to the seventh blog of our family survival kit for creating a better work/life balance while working from home. In our last blog, we talked about how to deal with the morning family rush hour before work. In this blog, we would like to talk to you about how to commute from work to family life, while working from home.

Welcome to the seventh blog of our family survival kit for creating a better work/life balance while working from home. In our last blog, we talked about how to deal with the morning family rush hour before work. In this blog, we would like to talk to you about how to commute from work to family life, while working from home.

Usually when our workdays end there is some time in between before arriving at home and starting family life because of commuting. These moments in between can give us time to unwind, to shift our focus from work to family life or to just have a minute to ourselves. When working from home there is often no time in between and this can cause stress for parents and can create confusion for children. So we would like to stimulate you to also take some time to “commute” while working from home.

Separate work and family time

Separate work and family time

The first step is to separate work and family time as much as possible. For instance by working in a separate room and communicating with family members about what your work hours are. For tips on how to make a working plan, we would like to refer you to our first blog “having a family plan of action”.

Develop a routine

Develop a routine

The next step is to develop a routine when you switch from work to family time.
So how to create “commuting” time while working from home. First, try to figure out what helps you unwind and would also be something that you could do at home. The key is to create a step in between, a moment of pause when making a switch from work to family time. At that moment do something that helps you relax even if it is just for a few minutes. It also helps to complete difficult tasks earlier in your work hours then just before you are about to start family time.

For instance, when you have been working in a separate room for a period of time and you are about to start family time. Start by getting a cup of coffee or tea and go back to the separate room. Take a few minutes to drink your tea or coffee and make sure you keep your laptop closed and put your phone away. Try to have positive thoughts about what you have accomplished in your work hours and then start thinking about family time. Notice that during these few minutes your mindset has already started to shift and you will feel more relaxed starting family time.

“Commuting” with children

“Commuting” with children

When you are a single parent it can be even more challenging to take some “commuting” time in between work and family time. It is likely that work and family time will overlap more often. Try to think about ways to “commute” together with your children. Taking time to commute is about taking a moment of pause to unwind and to shift focus. So how can you do this together with children?

For instance: do something that your children like and don’t ask a lot of you as a parent. Things like making drawings with your children or build a tower with blocks together. Make sure you participate in the activity. While participating in the activity try to focus only on the activity, on the beautiful drawing you are making or amazing tower you are building ;). This gives your mind a break from work thoughts and will help to make the shift to family time.

 

Take a break

Take a break

Last but not least we would like to stimulate you to take holiday breaks while working from home like you would have done working in the office. All parents need holiday breaks to relax and reload and this also goes for the time in which we are working from home.

Remember, working parents you are amazing!

If you have any questions; please feel free to contact us for an online parenting coaching session.