|Written by Dawne P|
Whether it's by choice or an inopportune time of unemployment, working from home is a great option...if you can keep your mind focused and avoid the distractions, and comforts, of the luxury of being home.
Step 1: Keep a regular 'work' schedule and stick to it. Keep personal telephone calls, computer usage and friends/family at bay. If you're planning on working six or sixteen hours a day, keep it strict. Be hard on yourself. After all, you are the boss.
Step 2: Set aside your household chores for the evenings or weekends just as if you held a normal nine-to-five job. If you're on the telephone sure you can fold the laundry, but leave the scrubbing of the toilet, washing of the dishes and, obviously, vacuuming for 'away from work' time. TooĀ much of a distraction and noisy when trying to conduct business.
Step 3: Leave the background noise to a minimum or silent. Leave the television and radio off. Nothing distracts the mind more than daytime talk shows, 'surfing' the channel guide or having music or talkative radio DJ's to make your mind wander from your task.
Step 4: Learn to say no. Once friends, school employees and family find out you're home, they'll think you're free game for errands, endless chats or volunteering time. Yes you can attend your daughter's class party or whatever errand your mother needs help with but keep it to a minimum. Let everyone know that, yes, you are working.
Step 5: Keep your 'office' area separate from family life and routines. Let your family members know this is your area and to please respect it and your time when there.
Tips: Keep a chart near your office area with work schedule and times you're available for family and home life. Stick to it.
Warnings: If work life interferes with family life, keep focused but remember, family first.