How to balance your work tasks with working from home during the holidays

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 4:30 PM

If you work from home and live with other people you know that it can often be difficult to avoid distractions during the day. That struggle is amplified during the holidays. Here are some tips on how to balance working from home with the holidays.

  1. Plan and agree your working schedule

    Create and agree a working schedule with your family. Decide the hours you will work at home - when you start, when you finish, when you break for lunch. Set these boundaries, explain them to your family or roommates and then stick to them. This sets the expectation that you will be working on this day and at this time, which makes it much easier to implement.

  2. Work when you are working

    The early morning is your friend. If you can, set your alarm early and use the quiet time before the house stirs to get some work done. Once you have your time chosen to start work, discipline yourself and focus. Do not be tempted to put a load of washing on or quickly do the vacuuming. If you were working in an office, you wouldn’t do this.

  3. Stay off social media

    This can be very hard. Especially if social media is part of your job. But around the holidays, it seems between the gift guides, the holiday recipes, and the party pictures your friends are posting, it’s easy to get sucked into a holiday circle of distraction. Do not let yourself get distracted in the first place. Avoid looking at your Facebook or Instagram newsfeed.

  4. Work ahead

    If you finish your daily to-do list and find that you have more time, look at your master list and do something that will help you and give you more free time during the holidays if you have it done. Working ahead will make your day less stressful and you will be able to actually enjoy the holidays and the time you spend with your family and friends.