You’ve been working from home for a few years now. How do you balance work and home responsibilities?
I’m not very good at it. It’s one of my new year resolutions actually!
I try to be strict and not work when the kids are home, but in reality, when a message pops in from a client, my first reaction is I have to reply straight away. I recently installed Whatsapp on my computer and learned how to mark the messages as unread, and that has changed my life! I started treating Whatsapp messages as emails... something to do on the computer during work time.
I’ve actually just joined a club just so I can have an office that is away from home. I find that when you work from home all day on your own, it can be really monotonous and quite boring — your productivity dips. So, by combining some work time outside of my home, I create a routine that helps me be more productive and define the boundaries between work and family life a little bit more.
In honesty, I don’t have the answer, as I am sure most people who work from home will tell you. But at the beginning of the year, I set out a schedule for work, exercise, etc. and I am finding that the schedule is helping me give my weeks more structure, making everything a little easier to manage.
Do the kids ever complain about you working from home?
They do. They are kids… they have school all day and when they come home, they just want to spend some time with me. A lot of it is on me too. I need to be better at saying to myself, you know what, I can’t do that now, I just need to deal with that later. I basically work in the day during the time that they are in school and at night when they are in bed.