Online education is a great way to provide for you and your family. The increase in pay from many new jobs you can get often mean moving away from living paycheck to paycheck. Of course, you have to be able to get there without losing your mind. That goes double for your family, who may not realize that you're doing schoolwork on the computer, and not Sudoku. Here's how to keep (as much as you can) everyone on the same page:
The Big talk
If you have children, they may understand the idea of schoolwork and computers. Combining the two is a bit of a difference. Your spouse may have even less of an idea. So, you need to explain to them when you need to be able to study for tests and other tasks. Also, ask them if there are any specific needs that they can't delegate, like making lunches for school, or similar things. You may need to adjust as things come up, but this gets everyone seeing things the same way to start.
Setting and Setting Up
You may not be able to get yourself your own space. For example, if you have toddlers or younger children, you need to be able to keep an eye on them. You do need to be able to set up a space that is yours, even if it's a corner of the couch. Make sure that you have some way of signaling your loved ones that you're doing work. An open spiral notebook is one, even if you don't actually need to use it.
If Something Comes Up
If you get enough uninterrupted hours each week to get your work done without yelling children or stove fires, you're not alone. It is, though, pretty rare. You're going to need to come up with plans if something comes up, like if there's a medical emergency right before a test, or if you have to take over watching the kids the night a paper is do. Part of this can be done using tactics from our other articles. Whatever you choose, you need to have them in place.
Unfortunately, this article didn't actually touch on the point of the title. That's because the best things you can do are the ones before anything bad happens. If you got here and need immediate help? Write down the next three to five thoughts you wanted to get down on paper. See what you can do for your child. If it's nothing, get in a space where you can watch him or her, and throw on some headphones. If not, throw in one earbud. Then it's time to get back to work.
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