With schools closed down, all students (and their parents) need to work from home. In theory this should be easy. You can get up later because you don’t need to catch that bus; you can watch TV on your lunch break; you can even learn on your couch or in your pajamas.
What many don’t consider is how hard it is to be productive in a space you are so used to relax in. If you find you or your child has struggled with the recent stay-at-home orders, follow this guide so that you can all be more productive:
Create a Work Desk for You and Your Child
It isn’t easy for kids to work from home, but letting them slack off is only going to hold them back in the future. For some, like those who want to get into a top university like NYU, slacking could mean they don’t meet the recommended NYU GPA and have to cast away their top choice. This can happen even if they are dedicated to their work, simply because their routine has been uplifted. However, by visiting CampusReel, you can read about the recommended GPA for NYU.
Before you can worry about rebuilding that routine, you need to set apart physical boundaries. If you have a home office this could work out, except for the fact that you also need to work during the day and cannot take the time off.
A good compromise is to either set up another desk or to subsection an area on the dining table. You can use books, plants, and other objects to create the physical barrier of a desk your child is used to and then have them work there during school. The reason why you will want to set up the table this way is that you can create a visual “working” space and clear it away when school is over.
Create a Routine
The routine will naturally need to follow the flow of their teacher’s, but their routine should not stop there. You all need to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Have breakfast together, lunch together, and dinner together at the same time. This way you can break up the day, manage your expectations and be more productive.
Ensure They Do Their Homework
Do not be a parent that fails their child by not overseeing their efforts. Teachers have a hard enough time trying to keep the attention of their classroom through a Zoom video. For younger kids, parents will need to adopt a more hands-on approach. It is going to be tiring, but split the tasks between you and your SO, or even if you have older children, to ensure that they all get a good education during this time.
Working and learning from home is going to be a shock to us all, but by setting aside a “working space” and a set routine we can make our homes feel more productive and continue to stay on track for all of our goals.