Ask Donna Vail: How can I balance working from home and homeschooling?

Donna Answers This Week’s Question:

Q: I work from home with my husband and this is our first year to homeschool. Can you make any recommendations on how I can balance working from home and homeschooling? Do you have any particular resources or tools that you use?

A: The first thing I would address is implementing self-education in the home rather than standing in front of your children teaching. This will reduce many of your struggles and free up more time. Other key factors are creating a schedule that honors everyone in the home and allows you time to focus on work. Also the work needs to be batched so you can streamline the workload and be more effective in less time. Create time that you can work uninterrupted and time to do tasks that can survive interruptions. Find ways you and your husband can help each other with the workload. If you have a seminar or phone call can he be with the children and visa versa? And finally, determine a cut off time so you are not working “all” of the time. When children know you have off all day Thursdays or you’re done at 5 they look forward to this time and it becomes higher quality time to share as a family as you are fully present. Get creative and make it work for your unique situation.

You may be interested in joining the free call I am giving to my Inner Circle this next week:

Have you been working hard? Working from home can be tricky when balancing work and family activity. Add homeschooling to the mix and you’re in a whole new ball game. I run into snafus at times myself, opportunities to learn how to work smarter rather than harder. I’ll be hosting another free call on June 9th : How to Homeschool and Work from Home. I’m especially excited about this call as I’ll be sharing my secrets on schedules, managing work and balancing child rearing all day every day. None of which would be complete without my list of resources and tools. I will also include Q&A time on the call to answer your important questions. This is a free bonus call for all Inner Circle members so if you haven’t joined yet, please be sure to connect with us before then. Once you join the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle you will receive all the call in details, resources and recording after the call. I’d love to have you on the call.

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