The Kids Are Home Too
This week we’ve been sharing our WFH tips and having a nosy look at our Aspin colleagues’ home-working setups. Today we’re visiting our Sales & Marketing team.We hope these little insights have provided some nuggets of useful information for you.
Nathan Aspin (he’s in the main image)
“Thankfully, the sun has shone to ease us into this new way of life and working. I’ve been up early every day to exercise – sometimes running in the forest or doing a HIIT workout on YouTube. I conduct all my meetings and communications via Teams which has been really great and productive. My toddler does like to come and visit my workspace often and sometimes I have to be strict and shut the door for phone calls but it is lovely to see her regularly throughout the day and have lunch with my family.”
“Start the day as you normally would, get up, shower, get dressed and have a coffee. Start work at the usual time and talk about the weather to your family at home. This is to ensure you still have the relevant small talk as you would with colleagues in the office.”
“We’re protecting Grandma, so our toddler care has come to a halt for now. Working from home mostly takes place during nap time. If I’m required on a call at any other time, it’s a case of keeping little fingers away from the keyboard! We’re using Microsoft Teams to work together and it’s great for meetings. I recommend working in your kitchen…close to the kettle [and toaster!].”
Katie Forman Hopkins
“I’m a single parent working at home alongside two home-schooling children and a crazy cockapoo. To say life’s equilibrium has been upturned would be an understatement.”
Gleaned through a process of trial and error (which remains ongoing), here are Katie’s ‘Top Tips’ for combining home-working and home-schooling:
- Get out of bed. This is not a holiday.
- Start work as early as possible (I’ve found the later it gets, the louder and more annoying the children become).
- Don’t be afraid to utilise the power of tablets/telly/Nintendo switch in order to keep. children quiet. (Think of this as a lesson in resilience; you’re showing your children how to succeed at failing).
- Try to segment your hours so you’re not multitasking (which is rarely successful).
- Use your daily ‘outside’ allowance to mark the end of your working day.
- Get out into the garden with the children as much as possible. Picnics, outdoor lessons, gardening.
- When it’s your bedtime, read a book or have a bath and listen to music. Anything that doesn’t involve picking up your phone. Seeing a stream of social media posts about other people’s crafty home-schooling projects isn’t helpful right now.
We hope you’re all settling into your own home-working routines and finding some positives in the craziness that we all now face. No twice-daily commute is certainly a bonus.