Myra Faye Turner, Writer
I admit it. Working from home during the summer months when my son is also home from school is a challenge. My normal routine is interrupted because I don't have to get up early to take him to school and I don't have those precious, quiet and uninterrupted hours to work during the day. Instead, invariably, I end of staying up late at night and sleeping late the next morning. The time in between is spent trying to cram as much work as I can into my day. I previous talked about getting my email under control, which was previously a big time waster and left me often less productive during the day. I've found other ways to get more out of my day during the summer months.
First, I plan my day the night before. Now, I'm not necessarily one of those people who thrive on making lists but I have found that at least have a plan in place before I sit down to work, helps me to better make it through the hot summer months, when I don't have as much uninterrupted time to work. I try to plan at least 3-5 tasks that I need to accomplish and then when I finish them, time permitting. I can go on and work on something else. Or if I feel like knocking off, that's okay to. Which brings me to another point. I make sure I don't plan too much during the summer because, heck, I know I'm not going to finish it probably, which only leads to frustration. So , as I said, I plan maybe 3-5 tasks a day.
Finally, I like to take a day "off" each week. This off day is a day where I don't plan any tasks and I try to keep my workload to a minimum on that day...maybe just check my email once or twice. I like to use this day to catch up my reading or simply to chill out and relax. I also make sure to take some summer vacation time...generally two weeks off. Let's face it, if I was working a "regular" job, I would have vacation time, so why should working for yourself be any different? During my vacation, I don't do any work, except check email. I usually take one week, instead of the entire two weeks together.
Following these steps, I have found that I can still get some work done during the summer, but also have some time off.