School holidays and work are like a terrible mathematical equation…one will not go into the other, no matter how long you stare at the problem.
Even though there’s no magic bullet, we’ve put together a few ideas from Beam’s community and team to help get you started.
But know that it will be messy — so breathe into it, many people are in the same boat. Here are some key tactics to win/get through the school holidays:
Start prepping for the next school holiday now
Ok, so this isn’t helpful just yet, but we promise these tips will help in the future.
Negotiate a flex-up flex-down arrangement with your manager
Work more days when you can during the year…so that you can work fewer days when the holidays arrive. This type of flex really suits roles that have clear busy and quiet periods during the year: eg. Finance managers.
The pick & mix approach aka the hustle method
Let’s face it, this is most of us! Many people juggle through the hols using a combination of options. Here are some of the main ways we see people finding extra time to cover their days:
Tap into your local community (FB groups or real life!) and council for ideas about all the different care options available in your neighbourhood. If you’re looking for ways to build a community of people around you, this podcast has some excellent advice from a military mum on making new friends!
Spread your normal hours across more days
If you work part-time, set your kids up with activities so you can get a few hours’ work done from home every day. This is how Gill, Beam’s Marketplace Manager, manages the juggle. It means that clients are still looked after but she’s available for the rest of the day.
Put in catch-up hours at night
If you need to buy a little more time, login at night with any admin tasks that aren’t time sensitive. It’s not perfect but it will get you through! This is especially suited to night owls so make sure this rhythm makes sense for you. Early risers could wake up super early to get work done before the house wakes up.
Book in some time for yourself after school goes back
There’s nothing worse than starting the year tired! Make sure you pop some time in the calendar (on a weekend if your annual leave is kaput) to reset and take a breather once you’ve made it through the holidays. Phew!
All of Beam’s roles are career-worthy and part-time — and many of them have working from home options or can be done during school hours.