Summer vacation is on its way. It can be a welcome change: no school lunches to prepare, no after school activities, and no homework or projects to participate in. However, it also means your children are at home more often than not, and if you’re used to having five or six hours alone during the day to work, it can be a direct hit on your productivity.
How to prepare now so that your summer will be productive business-wise as well as family and relaxation-wise:
Put your tweets on auto-pilot
Start now by scheduling promotional tweets using hootsuite or tweetdeck throughout each week in July and August.
Schedule your content marketing
Pull out your editorial calendar and write out your content ideas now, for all of July and August and batch your writing into a few solid ‘writing days’ before the end of June so you can just schedule the posts.
Batch tasks to save time
Batch your time in chunks this next month. A few hours of writing, a few hours of sales tasks, and be sure to schedule a few days of just networking and coffee meetings this month so that you’re not losing touch with your most important contacts over the summer months.
Summer camps are your friend
Scheduling a few summer camps for your kids helps get some extra work hours. You’ll want to pick camps that are at the same location and where your kids can all attend at the same time to maximize your work time. Churches and Recreation Centres have great camp programs that are inexpensive and allow for a broad age range.
Ask a friend to swap kids each week. This is by far the most inexpensive form of childcare: you take her kids for day or afternoon this week, and she takes your kids one day or afternoon next week. Alternate each week for the summer.
We all do it already, but during the summer it’s even easier to utilize our longer days to get a few hours in in the evening after the kids are in bed, or head out to a coffee shop for a few hours while your partner takes over when they arrive home from their workday. It becomes even more important during the summer months if you’re missing the daytime work hours.
Ask a fellow mom if she would like to split childcare for the summer. Split a full or part-time babysitter between the two homes. There are plenty of University and High School students looking for this type of work for their summer breaks too.
It takes a bit of creativity to schedule a full day’s work throughout the summer months, but it can be done with some careful planning. Let us know how you plan your work day around your child’s schedule.
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