Working from home comes with many distractions. The dishes are screaming for attention. The laundry begs to be thrown in the washing machine. The TV beckons parents to take a break. Being a work-from-home parent can be rewarding, but, it also requires lots of self-control and organization to stay productive. And, if the kids are on summer break, it can prove more difficult.
Thankfully, technology makes it easier! Take a look at these seven tools to help parents ensure they’re working their best while at home.
Work-at-home parents need a solid way of keeping track of all the tasks they need to accomplish. Enter Evernote. The great thing about Evernote is that it’s so versatile. Its primary function is a catch-all for notes and ideas, but Evernote becomes a seriously robust organizational tool because it allows users to create notebooks and tag notes within those notebooks.
Staying on top of news and favorite blogs can get a bit cumbersome. But there’s no need to jump around from website to website and blog to blog. Feedly pulls stories and blog posts from user’s favorite reading holes into one spot. Users can even categorize feeds to help stay organized.
Parents can save time and money by planning out lunches (and other meals as well) with Menu Planner. Menu Planner lets users pick from included recipes and input their meals. It even lets them record what they already have in stock. Then users can choose from meal items to build a meal plan for the entire week.
Music and natural sounds are a great way to help stay focused while working. Relax Melodies comes with over 100 sounds and melodies that users can combine to create a unique, auditory mix. Combine rain and a crackling fire to recreate the sounds of camping. Combine seagulls and crashing waves to simulate being on a beach. The app also comes with meditation exercises and brainwave frequencies to help put parents in a productive frame of mind.
And, consider keeping the kids busy with a couple of others.
ChoreMonster and Landra
Epic is a subscription-based book app for children and young adults. Subscribers have access to thousands of magazines, picture books, and chapter books.
Are you a work-from-home parent? What tools couldn’t you live without?
Sara Woodard-Ortiz, owner of The HeartFull Journey, is an ally for heartbroken moms who are going through separation and divorce. Her goal is to help moms love themselves during and after divorce as a way to build a foundation to attract a new, satisfying relationship. Sara lives in Danville, IL with her daughter, Olivia, and their cats, Bianca and Katniss. When Sara is not working on her business, you can find her playing Minecraft or drinking coffee at a local cafè.