School’s out for summer! For kids across Metro Detroit, that means easy days of play, relaxation, and time with friends. But for work-from-home parents, having the kids home every day can take a big toll on their productivity. If chaos has descended on your home office, you can get away from distractions with our summer membership sale.
Summer Vacation Spells Trouble for Home-Based Workers
Successful work-from-home parents depend on the quiet time they have during school hours to be productive and get work done. Those precious hours between dropping the kids off in the morning and picking them up after school are prime time for meeting with clients, finishing projects, and sending out invoices. Many remote workers even break up their day, spending most of their time on the clock while the kids are away at school.
But when summer vacation rolls around, all of that changes. The kids are home all day, bored, and looking for distraction. That means you, as the work-from-home parent become the target of their attention. Suddenly, your working hours are interrupted with snack requests, sibling disputes, and the ever-irksome “I’m bored!”
That can be disastrous for your business. The distractions that come with kids home from school can make you miss deadlines, and keep you from living up to your own standards. Together with the constant struggle to keep your children entertained, these distractions can put your business into a summertime slump.
Distraction and the Value of a Space Away from Home
Distractions can turn a relaxing work day into a race to beat the clock. According to a study by the University of California, Irving, it can take up to 23 minutes to recover your productivity after a single interruption. The same study shows that the average worker is distracted every three minutes. And that’s the average worker. Home-based workers with children at home need to answer to their children as well as their emails. And that can seriously affect their workday.
That same study shows that when workers are constantly interrupted, they hurry to catch up. That hurried work brings with it stress, frustration, and time pressure. It also makes the same work harder to do. What would be a relaxing few hours of heads-down work during the school year could become a stressful slog as you try to work around your kids needs, and their noise.
That is, unless you have a place you can go to get away from those distractions and find some peace and quiet to get work done. Coworking spaces like the PatchWork Collective are a cost-effective way to give home-based workers an option to avoid household distractions and get work done. By taking your most important work to a coworking space, you can get away from the kids, turn off the notifications, and push through your work quicker, and with less stress.
Different Spaces, Different Focuses
Using a coworking space part-time is also a great way to enforce time blocking. By removing yourself from the distractions of home, and your other work, you can force yourself to focus on the task at hand, giving it your undivided attention.
Before I opened the PatchWork Collective, I did this using my local coffee shop. I had two main income streams: as a lawyer, and a writer. But when I tried to write at my law office, the client files and their demands distracted me and pulled at my attention. It was difficult for me to finish a writing client’s blog post when I knew I had to respond to law clients’ emails or finish writing their legal pleadings.
So I took my writing on the road. The coffee shop in question had lots of downsides — from the sound of the espresso machine to the lack of outlets — but what it did allow me to do was to focus my attention on what was making me money that day. I could go to the coffee shop and knock out a few blog posts, then head back to the office and focus on my other obligations.
Parents are even more familiar with being pulled in different directions while they are trying to work. By getting some distance from their children, even for just a few hours a day, they can put their focus on their money-making tasks, get done quickly and efficiently, and then come home to give their children the same high-quality attention they gave to their clients.
PatchWork Collective Summer Membership Sale
At the PatchWork Collective, we understand what distractions can do to your ToDo list, and your bottom line. We want to help home-based workers be productive and profitable. That’s why we are offering 25% off the cost of a monthly membership during our Summer Membership Sale. New members can receive 25% off their first three months if they join in June, July, or August. At the end of those three months, your membership will revert to full price, and of course, you can cancel at any time.
Membership at the PatchWork Collective means that home-based workers have 24/7 access to:
- Unlimited Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
- Reliable internet connectivity
- Print/Scan/Fax services
- Up to 6 hours per month in small office space
- Phone booths for confidential sales calls
- Comfortable seating options to suit their needs
Signing up is easy. Just use this link to become a Monthly Member at the PatchWork Collective and enter the discount code QUIETTIME to get your 25% off. Then come in, get comfortable, and get your work done without the distractions of kids, pets, and other summertime interruptions. Need more information? Feel free to contact us or use this link to schedule a tour of the PatchWork Collective.