As schools shut down and offices clear out indefinitely, we’re left with the reality that we may be working from home for awhile. Or if you have little at home, you may be helping them finish out the remainder of the school year at the kitchen table. If you’re feeling like your world has been turned upside down, you’re not alone. We’re right there with you.

To make your time spent quarantined at home feel a little more normal, our number one recommendation is to implement a daily schedule and stick to it. Focusing on things that you can control will go a long way in making these next few weeks feel productive, fulfilled, and organized.

As most of the CS team members are now working mamas, we’ve found that having one schedule to structure our work days and another for our kids and family works best during these long days at home. That way, everyone in the family is on the same page for working and school hours, play time, chores, etc. and all can go to bed feeling they had a day filled with some sense of normalcy (even if you don’t hit everything on the schedule perfectly. Or at all.)

Scroll on for a peek at how we’re structuring our days working from home and teaching our kids during the COVID-19 quarantine. Print it out and stick it on the fridge, write it on your family chalkboard, screenshot it, pin it, and share with friends.

And remember, these are just examples of what works for us — every family is different, and it’s important to be flexible and open to figuring out a system that works well for everyone during this time. Give yourself some grace, and know that you’re doing the best you can in an extremely difficult situation that none of us were prepared for.

We are here to help you and your family any way we can during this time. Have an idea or schedule that’s working well for you and your family? We’d love to hear it in the comments! And be sure to check back next week as we will be sharing insight from one of Camille’s besties who is a former teacher. She’s spilling how to best help your kids learn the rest of their curriculum outside the classroom (and no, it does not have to be all up to you to teach them!) There are so many great digital resources out there, and we will be sharing them all next week. Hang in there, mamas — we’ve got this.

Quarantine Work From Home Schedule

Quarantine Family / School Schedule

10 comments
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    Andrea | March 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    This schedule was so helpful, I will start my morning tomorrow like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    x, Andrea
    http://www.andreaferencz.wixsite.com/home

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    • Katherine Fluor | March 19, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      So happy to hear it, Andrea! We are taking it day by day as well…but scheduling work, chores, and self-care is a small way to try and organize the chaos… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love and light!

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    CheryceM | March 21, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you for this! My Type A is maxed from the days being complete unstructured and chaotic. This will definitely help!

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    Kaitlyn | March 21, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    I love the idea of this, but I guess I don’t understand the kid/parent one – it looks like the parents only get 4-5 hours of work in a day. I know these are hypothetical, just not very realistic.

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    LK | March 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    That’s only 2 hours of work time per parent … maybe 5 hours if they also work from 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM — to get to 40 hours, that’s a minimum of 15 hours of leave you’d be taking per week – – or 30 hours minimum in one pay period. It’s not super realistic for most families. Any other suggestions?

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    Camille Styles | March 22, 2020 at 7:08 am

    @Kaitlyn and @LK – I hear you, this has been a major struggle for me this week, as well. These suggestions are working from an assumption that your kids are at home — without any other childcare besides their parent(s) since many schools and daycares around the country are currently shut down (as ours are here in Austin.) It’s also assuming that kids are still small enough to need a lot of parental help and supervision. From where I stand, those constraints make it near-impossible to fit in a full 40 hour work week. @LK as you suggested, I’ve been getting up super early to fit in a good chunk of work before my kids get up, and working again after I put them to bed. It’s not ideal, but we’re all figuring out what is feasible for our unique situations during this time. Since I can’t speak to everyone’s experience right now, my goal was to share a sample schedule of what’s currently been working for me right now. Hugs to you both – this is a tough time and there is no such thing as doing it “perfect” — we’ve got to extend grace to ourselves and others and just do the best we can with what we have.

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    Charles | March 25, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Nice reference, but not very helpful for single parents.

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    • Camille Styles | March 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Charles, you’re right on that — since it would be impossible for me to create a schedule that applies to everyone’s unique situation, I shared a sample schedule that’s been helpful for me. The idea is that people can take bits and pieces and adapt them to their own setup in a way that works. That said, schedules are so personal, so feel free to take or leave anything that’s unhelpful here! On Instagram Stories when this post went live, I shared with this note, and I’m glad you reminded me to share it here too:

      “Everyone’s situation is different so feel free to take anything from these that’s helpful, and leave the rest. I’m very fortunate that Adam is working from hone during this time, too, so we can switch off with kid duty and get some blocks of uninterrupted work time. I have so much respect for those of you who are doing it alone, or those who aren’t able to work from home but whose kids are out of school. It takes a village and these are tough times. <3

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    Kelsee | March 25, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Wow this is amazing!!! I am working form home full-time with a 15 month old and you have saved my LIFE. thank you thank you xxx

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    Jennifer | April 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

    We are a couple of weeks ahead of you lockdown in the SF bay area and all of us who optimistically posted our schedules are now throwing them out the window. The kids are sleeping in, doing pjs, may or may not be doing their homework. Iโ€™m setting my sights lower this week. My only goal this week is to have a 6pm family dinner.

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