If you have to get work done while your toddlers are home from daycare or preschool, put on some educational toddler TV shows for an hour so they can learn something new and you can get some quiet time to get work done
Audiobooks are great for quiet time! Kids get the benefits of reading aloud without you going hoarse; my kids listen to one every day after lunch for a rest time when I can get work done. Here are some tips for using audiobooks with kids.
I am a blogger and homeschool. With 3 kids under 7, my best work from home tip is to know exactly what tasks I’m going to work on before I open my computer or phone to keep from getting distracted. I work during the 1 hour quiet time we have in the afternoons, and while they watch TV after quiet time. Those two times are *mostly* free from disruptions so I can focus.
For rote tasks that don't require too much brain power (like updating spreadsheets or editing photos), turn on some uplifting music or listen to a podcast. It will make the time fly by. When you're working on more demanding tasks (like writing), turn off the music so you can focus on the job at hand without any distractions.
Get your head around the fact that this isn’t homeschooling. You didn’t chose to homeschool your kids. We are all working in new and different circumstances. It’s ok to use Netflix as a babysitter while you work; your goal here is a happy child and as much economic stability as possible. Try setting up a work/play area (Lego, tablet, crayons etc) for them close to your desk so you’re at least in the same room some of the time.
Trying to work from home with kids? It's all about rotating activities. Bust out the forgotten toys, print some free coloring sheets off the internet, dust off the puzzles, and get ready to "surprise" them with something they forgot they had whenever they start to get bored.
We've been working home for 6 years now and we know there are so many challenges to overcome. Give it a couple of months and you'll actually love it. The first important tip is to get ready for work in the morning. Use the time reserved for commuting to actually drink your coffee, have breakfast and read the news. Shower and put on pants and dress as if you'd go to work. This will really help separate your work/home time.
The second most important tip is to create a space dedicated to your office. Small flat? No problem, get an Ikea foldable table and work in a small corner. When 5pm strikes, fold it away and convert your living room into a relaxing space once again.
Create a block schedule! That way you know you will have time to fit in everything you need. Blocks for work, cleaning, play, and more. I find my kids are more willing to let me work when they know they will get their fair share of time, and I can be more present for them when I know my work will get done.