Same routine as yesterday only that I stayed logged on 1 hour longer, 6:30am-5pm. Girls started eating breakfast at 8am, they did some activities, watched YouTube, and then we went over to the school to pick up lunch at 11am.
The school breakfast and lunch is federally funded during periods of national emergency and available to all schoolchildren for free. One of my biggest worries as a working parent needing to stay home during COVID-19 was how to make sure my kids get a good lunch without taking more time away from work during the lunch hour. School lunch solves that. Huge time saver for mom, healthy for kids, and everyone’s happy for the rest of the afternoon. When kids are fed, they don’t get in bad moods and disrupt you while working. Go to your school district’s website to find out more about this program during school dismissal.
5:30pm I had personal trainer come over. Generally on Tuesday’s he comes at 6:30pm but being home this week, I asked him to come one hour earlier. I’ve been working with my trainer for over a year, I only exercise 2x week for 30 minutes on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. The workouts are intense so sometimes I’m done in 15 minutes. I honestly don’t have time to exercise more than that per week as a working parent. My trainer over the time we’ve been working together, has shown how we can get effective workouts in the comfort of our own homes without needing to go to the gym. It’s also a huge time saver, not needing to get dressed, haul kids in car and then go to the gym. More info on personal training here https://www.thumbtack.com/ut/salt-lake-city/personal-trainers/lionstrong-fitness-llc-salt-lake-city-trainer/service/272584301285934328
I stayed online a bit longer going over some written procedures to train a colleague in the next few days and it has to be done online instead of at the office.
I am a huge advocate of detailed, step by step written procedures. Procedures are very important for audit and business continuity purposes. Most workplaces, you sit and watch someone prepare a process but often that is not effective, especially during times like this where people have to stay home, or worse quarantined and can’t make it to work at all for 2 weeks. 2 weeks is half of the work month!
Having step by step procedures may seem redundant and I would say a lot of people hate writing them. I cannot emphasize enough about having good written procedures, especially in a pandemic where things must be completed regardless. Please have procedures for crucial tasks because you don’t know if you will have half of your team show up or not. Good writing with good screen shots please. Your procedures need to ensure no steps are missed and that a person can successfully complete the task on their own even without having done the procedure before. Procedures should be reviewed annually and when someone new is working on the procedure.
Anyhow, that’s all what I have on my mind today. Think about business continuity during COVID-19 at your jobs.