So much has changed overnight. And while working from home with children may be on the cards for a while, be kind to yourself as you get used to the process. It may feel like it's been a long time, but in the scheme of your career and life these changes are still really recent.
"We're not working in a normal kind of paradigm and neither are your kids, so there's going to be a lot of uncertainty. So you're going to have to go with the flow a fair bit on this," says Kate. "Be flexible. And be kind. Things like some of your more stringent rules, think about relaxing them. You know, if you're very anti having your kids watching TV or playing on a device or whatever, but you know, you have to get this, be in a meeting with your boss for 40 minutes, relax the rules a little bit and just allow that, still as a treat, so that your kids are quiet and they enjoy that TV time, but you have to kind of have a bit of a reward system going at the moment."
Kindness is also important to keep in mind when batching your work day. If you have the morning scheduled for Zoom calls, remember to batch in time to take the kids or dog for a walk, go outside and get fresh air too. It's all about balance — and you want to reap the positives from working alongside your children just as much as managing the negatives.
The good news is that so many people are experiencing these new work challenges alongside you, so there is lots of room for empathy and understanding. Let your colleagues know the challenges you're facing and share your tips with one another. Building community and sharing resources is a great way to build connection and thrive in new ways of working (that's why we love our community-based livestreams and Circles groups). Be open, be kind, and be realistic about your time.