We are officially a week and a half in to the start of the school year. We have had good days and we have had not so good days. I don’t know all the answers, and I’m not going to pretend like I do. However, I do have a few tips for all my working parents who are also virtually schooling your children.
We are super fortunate that our third grader has been able to return to school in person for now. Our sixth grader, Preston, is doing virtual school for the first semester and we will reassess in December. He is pretty independent, but he is a middle school boy so I’m often having to make sure that he is on task and completing everything he is assigned to do. It literally feels like a part time job at the moment.
Here’s what is working for us right now…
1. Client Calls
I have been scheduling all of my client calls when Preston is not on Zoom. He has several breaks throughout the day to work on his assignments, so this tends to be the best time for me to hop on a client call.
2. Assigning Specific Tasks to my Time Blocks
I used to not get so granular when it came to my time blocks, but I’m finding that I have to get really specific during this season. Example: I like to check all of the inboxes that I manage first thing in the morning when Preston is on his first Zoom class. This enables me to add more tasks to my list depending what is in the inboxes.
3. No Extras During School Hours
This one makes me sad. I just cannot schedule a lot of my “fun things” during the school day right now. Coffee dates, hair appointments, etc can still happen- they just need to be scheduled in the afternoon when school is done. It ends up stressing me out more than anything, so it’s just not worth it right now.
4. Moving My Body
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily has always been important to me, but it’s crucial right now. I find myself sitting for long periods of time all day. Lately I have been walking my youngest to school every morning, and we are both loving it!
5. Working Later than Usual
Again, not my favorite thing in the world but sometimes I need to work later. The key for me is to not do this every night. There are really only two nights of the week that are even possible for me to do this based on sports and after school activities.
I have to remind myself that this is only for a season. I am so grateful that I have the freedom and flexibility to make this work for me and my family. I am confident that we will need to continue to make adjustments and figure things out as we go, but these 5 things have been so helpful.
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