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Being Successful Working At Home (Part 1 of 2)

There are many different reasons men and women decide to work from home. One of the most common of these motivators, is being able to spend more time close to their family. However, finding a healthy and effective way to balance work and family, from home or otherwise, isn’t always easy. Still, with some responsible planning and some understanding from the other members of your family, working at home can be just as rewarding as it is profitable.

The first step to success is to formulate a clear idea of how your personal business goals and the needs of your family can effectively intertwine. Before ever opening up shop, you should hold a family meeting. This group sit-down is a time for you to share your plans and goals and for the other family members to communicate their thoughts and expectations. This type of family discussion will encourage cooperation and make sure everyone is on the same page before the changes even occur.

Before your first day of work arrives, you should decide on office hours. Almost every job will require a certain amount of time to be put in during each working day, and a particular amount of work that will need to be completed during that time. Think about whether you will set your hours of operation around the daily schedule your family follows in your home or whether you will have set hours in which your family should not interrupt your work efforts. Regardless of which way you decide to go, you should prepare yourself for the occasional interruption– it pretty much comes with the territory. According to one home office survey, the most frequent problem with working at home reported was the family’s lack of respect for working hours.

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Getting Organized: The Mailbox (Part 1 of 2)

I recently read an article that contained some really useful tips concerning the issue of keeping your mail organized (and a whole lot of really painful writing). The method it recommended is called “FAST”; this nifty little acronym stands for File, Act, Shred, Toss and it represents the four categories you should be sifting the contents of your mailbox into.

In addition to providing direction when it comes to sorting mail, there were also two principles put forth by the author:

Principle One: Managing Paper while in hand is most efficient.
Principle Two: A place for every type of paper

Principle One, (aka “Principal one” if you happened to be reading the same article I did), definitely meets my criteria for a logical statement. Once I read it, it seemed like I should have known to deal with my mail while I had it in my hand all along. But it’s overwhelming obviousness never stopped me from throwing the whole wad, junk mail and all, onto my desk for later review. In my defense, I guess I hadn’t ever given much thought to the efficacy of my personal mail-handling techniques regardless of how large and daunting the pile o’ mail grew to be.

Principle Two, on the other hand, really only reiterates the need for implementing the aforementioned FAST method of mail sorting. So, in case you didn’t completely understand the fundamental purpose behind the this new mail-management-methodology I’m prepared to bestow upon you– whoop, there it is.

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A Daily Routine Can Make Children Feel More Secure (Part 2 of 2)

A good place to start is with a morning routine that includes daily tasks required to get ready for each new day. Have a set time to be out of bed and a list of activities that need to be accomplished, including getting dressed, brushing teeth, combing hair, eating breakfast, and taking daily vitamins. Give a reasonable time frame to complete these activities, and, if possible, allow for a little down-time so that they don’t feel too rushed and as back-up minutes for those days when things don’t go quite according to schedule for one reason or another.

After breakfast, have your kids check their backpacks to ensure all necessary school supplies and homework are accounted for. This is also the time to grab gloves, jackets, etc. that might be in order depending on the weather.

Once you have set a workable morning regime, it is time to move on to evening plans that specifies when certain tasks should be started and finished by. This will likely include activities such as homework, dinner, showers, chores, and any other activities that need to take place on a daily basis. A consistent bedtime should also be established. Children should never be deprived of sleep.

Posting your family’s daily schedule for your children to reference and follow provides consistency and a foundation from which they can build on. It will also help you to keep your own day organized because you will now have a structure and schedule to manage your time effectively and efficiently as well and you will be able to easily stay tuned into what the rest of the family should be and is doing.

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A Daily Routine Can Make Children Feel More Secure (Part 1 of 2)

Establishing consistency and structure is often one of the biggest challenges that parents face. It’s also time consuming because these types of life skills are best learned by example and repetition, meaning consistency is key. However, a solid understanding of prioritizing and following through with routine tasks is absolutely imperative for children that will have to grow up and function in today’s fast-paced society.

While imposing a daily home schedule may seem restrictive, the opposite is actually true. Children function closer to their potential when they know that they can count on the adults in their lives to feel safe and secure and provide them with structure and some sort of a routine that they can grow accustomed to. Children, almost by definition, haven’t lived long enough nor experienced enough to have gained the maturity level required understand how to structure their time on their own (think Home Alone, and that kid did better than most unsupervised little ones would). These skills are learned from institutions such as schools, activities, clubs, and from the adults that they look up to.

For parents, establishing a family schedule provides much needed consistency and routines that keep everyone’s needs met on a daily basis, even in the busiest of households. If you look at American society in general, you’ll find time schedules regulating most everything we do. Companies have standard hours that fit into standard work weeks, schools offer classes with a clearly defined beginning and end, and mass transportation runs on a tight schedule in order to be dependable and therefore useful.

By creating and posting a daily schedule in your home including chores with specific times that tasks are expected to be performed and completed by, you are providing the structure and consistency that your children need in order to grow, mature, and feel comfortable within their lives. Schedules at home help regulate your children’s lives and give them a model to learn from that they can carry with them into their adult lives.

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