If you work from home… with kids, it can be overwhelming. However, creating a balance makes you happier, more productive, and healthier.

Sometimes, it may seem like you are not giving your family all the attention they need but remember, you also have to take care of yourself. If you’ve lately been feeling overwhelmed, have added weight, and cannot meet the family’s expectations, take a break, go out and relax. If possible, go shopping and don’t forget to get yourself a plus size activewear that will fit your body contours nicely, and be proud of the progress you’ve made so far. Afterward, strategize

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1.      Create a Workable Schedule

Without a plan, your day can get jumbled up, meaning there will be a lot of activity but little productivity. Take some time to write down everything you have to do. You need to plan your day the night before to avoid wasting time in the morning. Like you may have to wake up a little bit earlier and take care of work, then prepare the kids for school, and if you have a toddler, take a break and rest when he too is sleeping.

If everyone is in school, you may want to take care of house chores and office work before returning. If you have to pick them from school, plan to pass by a gym, work out for one hour, then be in time to pick the kids or when you don’t have a workout routine, pass by the coffee shop to relax, meet with friends or enjoy the outdoor air. When creating the schedule, think about

·         Your work responsibilities

·         The children’s age and schedule – This can change depending on each child’s activities. For instance, you may have to drop one child at the soccer event while another to piano classes after school.

·         Your day’s workout goals

As you plan the day, make sure to allocate some time to yourself and a different time to the family to share meals or catch up.

2.      Take it easy

It’s not easy taking care of work responsibilities and a family. Sometimes you may not even have the energy to wake up, but you have to. To avoid burnout, take breaks and ask for help from other family members. For instance, you can take a nap while someone else picks the kids from school or watches over the baby. Also, hire an assistant or get a cleaning service provider to take care of your home regularly.

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If the day ends and you still haven’t finished the day’s duties, don’t be disappointed. Take note of what you need to do differently. Sometimes, unavoidable circumstances, such as a sick baby, may slow you down but prepare for such eventualities.

Working from home can be fulfilling because you get to give your family more time and attention, but it’s also overwhelming if you don’t have a good plan. Understand your family needs and plan to ensure your days are smoother and productive.