The best part about working at home? Working at home!
The worst part? Working at home.
Creating the opportunity to work out of your home is probably a dream come true for many of you. Most people gladly give up a time clock, office attire, and work environment drama.
However, working from home has it’s own world of challenges. The distractions can be overwhelming if you don’t set boundaries from the get-go.
Here’s a few tips you might find helpful:
- Isolate your work area. This could be an entire room or just a small area of your bedroom. Wherever it is, you need a place to call your own.
- Keep your supplies readily handy. In my case, I use alot of paper – in the copier and while I’m doing my tasks. These papers tend to pile up, so I have folders and a file box to keep that organized. I know. You are wondering why it’s not all on my computer. It could be. I’m old school. OK?
- Remember to keep distractions to a minimum. When you’re working, you are working. Let your family, friends and neighbors know that certain hours are off-limits. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you have time to stop and chat with that stay-at-home Mom next door!
Now, having said these things, I must tell you that in reality I work all over my house! But in an organized manner. I have a specified room with a desk that I call my office but I also have a small table that works great for my laptop, writing pad, and cell phone. I move that little desk all over my home when I’m working to give myself a change of scenery. I like to work in front of a window, so that might be in the bedroom, office, kitchen, dining room, or even the back porch!
This only works if you are home alone. We became empty-nesters last year, so it works for me. Carve out your special space and make it work for you too.
That’s the beauty of working at home!