We can no longer count the reasons that favor teleworking at the moment . Among them, we can cite the absence of transport to get to work, the possibility of respecting confinement or the possibility of working wherever one is.
This way of working has clear advantages, but also cruel flaws depending on each person’s context: children, the need to have a dedicated room, quality of the internet connection, etc.
The observation is as follows: Teleworking is making a place for itself in our lifestyles. It is up to us to make it more practical, more pleasant, more harmonious with our respective constraints.
This is the aim of this article: “How to hack teleworking and make it more pleasant, more productive?”
How To Better Telework With Children?
The presence of children in the telework place (therefore at home) is undoubtedly the most difficult element to overcome. However, there are some ways to deal with your cherubs without giving up all productivity.
Work At Dawn And In The Evening
Getting up a few hours earlier than your children (let’s cross our fingers so that it is possible!), Will allow you to secure a few precious hours of work while being fully concentrated.
Bring the alarm clock forward an hour … and a half? And take the opportunity to work a little more in the evening after they are gone to bed.
Shared And Alternate Custody
When both parents live under the same roof as the children, it is possible to set up joint custody: In the morning, dad looks after the children, in the afternoon, it is mum!
Thus, at least one of the two parents can fully devote himself to his work without being disturbed. It is up to you to adapt the duration of the bearings to your liking.
Give A Little Attention, Regularly
A frequently chosen solution is to devote yourself fully to your children for a period of time , then to work by leaving them in semi-autonomy in front of a game, film or entertainment of your choice, for another period of time. By devoting time entirely to your children, they will be less frustrated when you are (partially) unavailable afterwards.
Prepare a “healthy” piece where nothing can happen to them if you leave them unattended for 20 minutes, with background music. For the little ones, you can even try to prepare a simple toy course that can create a “discovery” effect .
Do not hesitate to take out objects that they like, even if they are not toys: wooden spoons, kitchen whisk etc… All means are good!
Can You Babysit Your Children?
If you can look after your children, at home or elsewhere, your job will be greatly simplified! Here are the options available to you then.
Isolate yourself at home: In a dedicated and closed room if possible. If your children are looked after at your home, you should (try to) explain to them that “mum” or “dad” is at work and that you are unavailable during this time. Do not hesitate to set regular breaks with them: They will wait a few hours more easily than a half day.
Go to a coworking space or rent an office. Some workspaces are always open and will welcome you with the strictest respect for sanitary conditions.
You can then rent a closed, secure and disinfected office , with certain additional services and equipment.
You can also rent a space in a common coworking space, but this could not be the best solution, due to the proximity to other people.
So think about making a derogation by your boss, or by yourself if you are independent / entrepreneur.
Among all the solutions proposed, none will be “perfect”, especially if your children are at home with you. You have to get used to the idea that it will be harder to find the same level of productivity as usual.
In our research, we found a great article that explains how to prepare your children psychologically for telework. Indeed, this situation can be confusing for them: You will be with them, but unavailable!…