We have all struggled with interruptions to our work day. Whether we work from home or in an office. Sometimes it is children who want your time an attention, or parents or other family members. Maybe it is a coworker. Sometimes it is a ringing phone or the notification that “You have mail!” I’m sure you can relate!
Interruptions happen to everyone. It is how you plan for and handle the interruptions that can make all the difference.
How to Get Things Done With Kids
Sarah Mueller tackles this issue in her post, How to Get Things Done (Even With Young Children Underfoot), over on The Humbled Homemaker site. She provides 5 tips that help you prepare and plan for interruptions and still get the project completed.
The tip I found most helpful,
“Prep the kids beforehand. I’ll let the kids know my plans upfront. I might offer snacks or potty breaks. I’ll spend a little extra time with the littlest one.”
Kids respond much better when they know what is expected of them and how long you will be occupied. I have found my children will occupy themselves for a longer period of time if I follow this tip.
Give It a Try
I’m sure you will find her other tips helpful and you CAN complete those projects. You just have to work a little differently. It is worth it to implement her tips and give it a try. You and your children and other family members will be happier.