Work From Home? How Do You Cope With The Long Summer Holidays?

Work From Home? How Do You Cope With The Long Summer Holidays?

As the summer holidays crept up, talk at networking events amongst mothers turned to child care over the summer holidays. Main breadwinner or not, I know this is an issue that we can feel daunted about. Business doesn’t stop just because the mercury rises and the schools shut. Our need for a secure income flow doesn’t dissipate either! Yet we can feel torn, especially if we work from home. We may actually prefer to spend more time with the children, having fun, taking off on great day adventures. And if we do that, we feel guilty about not working. But if we lock ourselves away in our works space, we can feel guilty that we aren’t spending time with our kids in the glorious weather, bonding with them at some great family activity. So how do we make it work? Make work, work, when our nearest and dearest crave attention, a schedule of activity and an escape from boredom? Over the years, I have tried many solutions. Full time nannies – great but expensive. Live in au pairs, also great, more cost effective but often need more shepherding. Holiday camps, can be wonderful but you chew through the cash. Of course, there are always grand parents and relatives, but being a foreigner in the UK, meant my family was half a world away. Eventually, I decided to treat the school holidays as my project! Like any project I approach, there is always a system I step through. I’ll share mine with you, so you can use it to ensure you make the holiday season work for you! Step 1:...
Working from home – are you really cut out for it?

Working from home – are you really cut out for it?

When I researched 300 Corporate Crossovers, the biggest thing that they missed about their previous jobs wasn’t the money but it was the social connection. They missed having workmates, having someone down the corridor that they could bounce ideas off or even to catch up with last night’s TV show. Not having the social connection can lead them to feel isolated and disconnected. The can easily spiral downwards into lowering self-confidence and forgetting how to put yourself forward. If you need that social connection, then are you really cut out for working from home by yourself? It may be that you need to work from home for financial reasons or a lifestyle choice but if you feel that you will need that social connection, then you might want to consider some different ways to connect with people and still get your work done! Here’s a list to get you started:  find a local coffee shop you love with good wifi 5 star hotels have fabulous lobbies and usually great coffee – good for meetings as well  join jelly – a new shared working space for people to hang out with http://www.uk-jelly.org.uk shared office space, there are many of these around now, and you can rent by the day you need them, I love Third Door in London Consider joining a members club – you can combine business with pleasure, again visit many to see which one you feel a closest fit with I find that some days I relish a day in my home office all by myself, especially when I need to write, plan or create new courses....
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