Don’t feel you always have to be on when working from home! Lot’s of offices have funky breakout areas with table tennis or other sociable games. These are there to help with mental health and wellbeing, why should this be any different at home? Burnout is prevented by the odd session of Loonacy, Exploding Kittens or Throw Throw Burrito. Not all games need to be as involved (or lengthy!) as Monopoly, or Game of Life, so stick to short, speedy games to help with your routine.
Create a dedicated workspace
A dedicated workspace can do wonders for your productivity. Whether it's a home office or a corner in your living room, having a space that signals 'work mode' to your family can help minimise interruptions and help you focus better.
Setting up in an area that is away from daily household distractions is an even better option. If you have a separate room for your workspace, make it clear to your family that this is an off-limits area. Either way, make sure it's as quiet and comfortable as possible!
One of the biggest challenges of working from home, especially when children are involved, is maintaining boundaries. It's important that your family understands when you are "at work" and when you are available for family activities. Communicating your work hours to your family and asking them to respect this time can help reduce interruptions.
Additionally, teaching children to respect your workspace is pivotal. Make it clear that your work area is not a play area, and set rules for when and how they can interact with you while you are working. With clear boundaries and expectations, balancing remote work and family life can be a manageable task.