When you work in an office environment, sometimes summer brings a fun treat: summer work hours. But don’t worry, work-at-home-moms. You can have summer hours too. Here’s how.
Work how you want this summer, mama
The first time I heard about summer work hours, I was intrigued and excited. I was an associate editor at a children’s publisher and our company allowed us to condense our five-day, 40-hour workweek into four-and-a-half days. Unfortunately, at the time I had a young son at daycare over an hour away and there was just no way to transfer those four hours from Friday to the other days of the week.
Once I became a work-at-home mom though everything changed — including my ability to have summer hours. Here are some ways that you can set summer hours as a WAHM and reap the benefits.
Work four days
The strategy: Condense your work day into four packed business days. The key is do more with the time you have.
The plan: Streamline your work, adding an hour or two to each of the other days to compensate for the day off.
The benefit: Having a three-day weekend all summer will leave you time to travel, plan fun excursions with the kids and more.
Work half days
The strategy: Work only mornings or only afternoons so that you have the rest of the day for fun with the kids.
The plan: Cut back on work if you are currently working full days and condensing all work into a few hours each day.
The benefit: You only need part-time childcare (if any). And you will have lots of time to enjoy the zoo, the beach and lots of laughs with your kids.
Work nights only
The strategy: Fit a four- to eight-hour work day into the evening hours (and perhaps the morning too, if necessary).
The plan: Move your working hours to evenings and nights, (perhaps some early mornings too). You’ll have to be really focused during your work hours.
The benefit: Your days are free to spend with your kids. You don’t need any childcare, since you are essentially working when they are asleep only.