I work from home while my children are roaming about the house. Most days, I have try to make this situation work for everyone, and I have to admit, the system is almost flawless…almost. It is only when the phone rings that the system breaks down.
Though my clients are aware that I work from home, and that my children are probably somewhere in the background, I try to maintain an air of professionalism. It isn’t that difficult to pull off until a child comes running into my office, loudly requesting a snack, without checking to see if I am on the phone. This is where my version of sign language has come into play…well, not really sign language. It’s more like an interpretive dance.
If I’m waiving my hand wildly in the air, they know to stop speaking and wait until I’ve finished my conversation. I know I look ridiculous, but I’ve tried other tactics – reminding them to look before talking, closing the door, etc. – nothing so far has been nearly as successful as the wild hand dance.
Do you work at home while your kids are around? How do you keep phone interruptions to a minimum?