Five Tips to Successfully Work from Home as a New(ish) Father.

Man working from home at an organized desk, being quite productive.
Man working from home at an organized desk, being quite productive.

In 2020, it’s become pretty normal to find yourself working from home and balancing work time with family time (if you have had the luck of keeping your job through the Pandemic).

If you have a two year old with enough energy to run your local power plant from 7 AM to almost Midnight like I do, it can seem nearly impossible to keep things straight some days.

Most people have had quite the adjustment period through this situation — especially if you’ve had to set up a make shift office, find a quiet place to work, and balance the work day with child care.

I don’t want to generalize and say that all men are bad at multi-tasking — but I can state plainly that I accomplish the most when I am able to remain focused on one task at a time in an environment that is very distraction free.

That has become difficult for me since March, 2020.

I’m guessing it may be a challenge for you, too. Don’t worry, I am sending some hope and help ahead. Sometimes it’s the small changes that can make an impact in your day. This concept is actually pretty observable in almost everything we do, and in nature.

Take the sugar out of your coffee and drop twenty pounds a year later.

Wake up one hour earlier to sit at your computer alone before the rest of the house wakes up and accomplish more in that hour than you usually do the entire morning.

Whenever I think of this type of thing, The Paretto Principle (aka the 80/20 rule) comes to mind.

If it’s new to you, basically it observes that 20% of an intended result comes from 80% of a given effort, and vice versa. Meaning a whopping 80% of whatever you are after or trying to accomplish comes from only 20% of your thought, effort and output.

There is time and energy waiting to be recaptured, and some of the small changes I’ll share with you below can help you and your family do just that.

Hopefully, this will just act as a primer for the rest of the possibilities that sit before you as untapped, raw potential just waiting to be utilized.

So, what has helped me transition happily and successfully to working full time from home on my insurance business while also balancing Medium and Quora partnerships, a Quora space dedicated to self-publishing success with over 74,000 followers, a writing schedule for my fiction work and finding time to exercise/eat and stay sane?

Here are the top five changes I’ve made (roughly 20% of what I’ve tried) that made the most impact on my daily routine and productivity…

  1. Optimize your work space for flow and productivity. Prior to the stay at home orders and transition to working over the internet I had several desks set up for different purposes in different parts of the house. What I found to be best was to consolidate not the number of desks but the space in which I used them. I set up my main two-tiered desk with my computer and laptop against the back wall of my office room. To the left of that I placed my three drawer filing cabinet and printer/scanner/fax machine. To my right is a small collapsible desk with my 1950’s Royal typewriter for distraction free fiction writing. Behind me is a small L-shaped desk that sort of closes in my work space. If you can picture it, it’s like a creative cubicle at home. This allows me to sit in one place to do all of the things I enjoy and need to do throughout the day, rather than having to get up and change position to do something else (in which case I usually always lose my state of flow and get distracted).

So that’s it, those are my strategies to make sure you’re getting stuff done at home. I’m sure I’ll have more to add in the future and as we get to know one another — but hopefully this can help some of you that are currently struggling to make it work.

Cheers!

Frank

Medicare, final expense, and life insurance agency owner. Writer and fiction author. Blockchain enthusiast. Nocode programming fan. Creator of thegist.

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