Figuring out a work from home routine during quarantine is anything but normal, especially if you have a growing family and business. In this episode I interview online consultant Kristin Arilus, a veteran, business owner, and mother. Working from home during quarantine is something that we are all trying to understand how to navigate the “new normal”. Kristin recommends that the best way to help your kids and your business is to create a repeatable routine, even if it’s something small at first. She recommends that finding small “sandwhich” moments will help you break up the different responsibilities you have as a parent and a business owner. During some moments you might be the role of a parent and the other moment you might put on the hat of a salesman or customer service agent. No matter what type of business you run, trying to manage these expectations is anything but easy! Kristin says a typical day for her starts at 6 or sometimes 4 am with a quick read in her Bible and then focusing on the top three things in her business before the kids wake up. While that may not always be something that all parents can apply, she created a system that worked for her.
Have Teachable Moments
For most parents running a full-time business from home and managing your children’s homework is something you’re tackling for the first time. If that’s the case, your’e not alone. According to a Gallup poll, 42% of parents worry that the pandemic will have some negative consequences to their children’s education. Kristin recommends that you create teachable moments in the midst of a hectic day. Counting numbers and creating special individual moments for each of your children will make your time at home special, even if things aren’t ideal.