Please accept these pictures as a counterpoint to the words that follow. In them, you will see Maia sauntering around Boston like a boss. Because she is the boss, of all of us...
Ladies and gentlemen, please tell me how it's possible to work with the children at home. Obviously, I was well-aware that I would need to shut up shop while we
were physically away but expected that I'd be up and running (albeit at a
slower pace) now that we have returned. Sporadic blog silence and my semi-closed shop suggest I'm finding it harder than I imagined.
Topically, this post on Design*Sponge popped up in my feed this week about how to work with / around your kids over the summer holidays. Through a wily combination of bribes and clearly separating work and play the author purports it's possible to get stuff done.
This has loosely been my tactic: a fun non-work activity outside the house every day to buy me some good will and time for work inside the house. Which should work in terms of bribery, but also in teaching the lesson that in order to do fun things I need to be able to pay for them by, you know, working.
So far, this is working beautifully on paper and in my own mind but unfortunately not in actual practise. Constant interruptions mean that everything is taking me at least double the amount of time to complete; one particularly bad day this week saw an order* that would normally take me two hours to complete take five. Mostly because someone required half a dozen time outs**.
One of my children is from the school of thought that any attention is better than no attention. If I'm working, she's constantly bothering her brother. He in turn is constantly complaining to me. The only way to end the cycle is to get out of the house, which was the ultimate plan anyway but I've accomplished nothing other than angina. Normally I'd work in the wee small hours but I've had to do incredibly sexy things like tax credit renewals / income tax submissions / VAT returns at night as they're impossible to complete with constant interruptions. And also without constant interruptions.
So fellow work-at-homers, how do you manage it? Any tips to share? Commiserations? Also- twelve sleeps til school!
*Although my shop is technically closed to clothing orders I am accepting orders via email. Makes me happier when I can confirm that an extra day or two longer than normal is okay with the customer.
** Time outs are only administered for extreeeeeemely bad behaviour. And don't make an iota of difference.