I hope you are staying safe and adapting to these trying times? Fourteen years ago I made the transition to work from home and it was quite an adjustment. A few years ago my wife retired from her full time employed job and began to work from home and that was another adjustment. You can do it as we both have managed to work together from the same place for years but you have to get into a routine. Structure your days so that they are as similar to the way your day was structured when you went out to to work or the kids went to school. If you normally lined up at Tim Hortons have the family line up in the kitchen for similarity.
It will be important to keep the kids in some type of routine while at home. Structure their day like a school day and use the internet for searching new ways to do things. You may have to get a little creative to make lessons but even a board game can offer a lesson. Use Monopoly to help learn about money like math class, use laundry to help improve organization. Remember Home Economics Class in the 70s? That’s right have them make dinner.
At home Art Ideas
Myself and many of my artist friends are offering online classes, I have been doing a free cartoon class Monday afternoons for the months of March and April, the next one is April 27th at 3:00pm.
If you want additional lessons then have the kids draw along with me on my online art class page.
I have a creative fun guide that may offer some art projects for the family, click the link below for some fun art projects for the kids.
Podcasts and videos are great ways to learn and keep positive messages going on while at home. If you don’t have kids and are trying to find structure for your own productivity then I have a couple of references that may help you. My podcast for creative entrepreneurs talks about how to improve your productivity and I have an article on my website that may help you learn how to organize your day. The links are below and I hope they help.
I wish you luck as we all get into a unique pattern for the next little while. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit and it may take 21 days to return to a former habit. It is best to organize your day as close to what it is normal for you so when you get back to normal it won’t be too much of a radical change. Good luck!
About the Artist
Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and caricature artist from Burlington Ontario Canada. His career started in landscapes and animal portraits however and he teaches classes on Pen & Ink, Watercolour, Acrylic, and digital art. You can learn more about Bruce at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com