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Some home truths about working from home

Some home truths about working from home

Working from home is slowly becoming the trend of the millennium. More women than men seem to be taking it up but numbers are increasing all the time.

Most of us are totally aware of the benefits from working at home but may not have considered some of the risks and what to do about them.

Lack of discipline in time management.

This is something that you likely did not face at the office because you were ‘on the office clock’. Now you’re home, with all the interruptions that go with it. Neighbours come by to chat or to ask favors, or invite you to go shopping. Hard to resist, and you might even be tempted. But, you are at your job, even though it is at home so….

Solution: Set your boundaries both with yourself and with your neighbours. Commit to working specific hours and inform neighbours that you are in fact working and they can contact you when off the home clock.

No separate workspace.

You might think that working from the kitchen table or dining room is a cool idea. However, unless you live alone, there will be others around who will be noisy and distracting.

Solution: Ban everyone from the house, unplug the TV and Stereo, unplug the phone OR….make a dedicated space in your home that is your personal workspace keeping it private and off limits.

Isolation.

When you worked at the office, there were lots of people around and while they may have been a pain in the neck, “you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone.” You might start talking out loud to yourself. You might even begin to feel lonely.

Solution: Take breaks during the day as you would if you were at your old job. Call a friend or relative and touch base. Make the time to go to lunch with a friend. That’s something you probably could never have done before. Don’t become a recluse.

Loss of Motivation.

Let’s face it. When you have the boss hanging over your shoulder it’s easy to stay motivated. You really look forward to working alone but then you sit in your chair, staring at your computer wondering what to do next. You lose interest and may feel lost.

Solution: Make a list of all the reasons why you wanted to work from home and review it often. Keep focused on the end results and if necessary, make a to-do list or list of goals and cross them off when completed. Keep your eye on the ball and remember the goal!

Lack of Exercise.

If you work at the computer all day, it is easy to have your rear glued to the office chair. Time gets away from you and before you know it, it’s time to get dinner. Being sedentary isn’t good for the waistline or the rear.

Solution: Make a point of getting out of the chair every hour. Walk around the house, go up and down the stairs a couple of times. Or….join a gym since you make your own schedule. No one says you have to work 9-5. Make sure you schedule some ‘Me time’.

Working from home certainly has its benefits but if you’re not prepared to take a few actions, you may find yourself feeling alone, isolated and even depressed. Take care and make working from home a fun experience. After all, isn’t this why you left the mainstream workforce in the first place?

About the author: Deb Marsden is an experienced Internet training customer support manager.
Deb and her good friend and equally experienced customer support gal, Lee Ann, have joined forces and offer their services to computer newbies and not so newbies, solve issues they may have in learning how to use their computer.Also, for those Internet entrepreneurs who want help with their personal branding…this team has lots to offer.Too much to do and too little time? OutMouseit! and let this dynamic duo work their magic with your personal online branding and more.

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6 comments

  1. This is so true – I get easily distracted with the laundry, Facebook, Twitter, my two sons (grown up and still at home!) and tidying the desk! Or I suppose you would call that putting off what needs to be done. I am just trying out a new daily planner from Simon Jordan – only started it at lunchtime as that was when I received it and am pleased with progress so far on my ‘calls’ list and my daily priorities list. He says to plan your day before you go to bed so you are focused from first thing!
    Distraction over – back to work!

  2. I agree Gillian – a daily planner is a great idea – I’m always MUCH more productive when I write things down… but then I quite often don’t miss the things that I don’t do, if I don’t write them down.

  3. This is a great article as it rings so true! To get myself out of the traps mentioned, I would also take my son to school, go and have coffee and plan my day then when I came back to the house, I felt like I had ‘arrived’ at the office.
    I also made sure I was in ‘work’ clothes….that had a big impact on my mindset too.

  4. Hi Gillan,
    I agree with Julie. And Motivation for every work is very important.

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