Working from home is in many ways a luxury. Your commute is non-existent and you avoid many of the nuisances and distractions of the office. But it comes with its own set of challenges, especially for working parents. You can avoid some common work-at-home issues by employing our tips, below.
Set a Schedule
It’s a priority to set a schedule for yourself, since it is easy to become a bit undisciplined when you’re working from a home office. Making sure to block off time to return calls and emails, work on projects, or take care of any administrative tasks, will keep you focused and will ensure you tackle everything on your to-do list.
Line Up Outside Childcare
Some work-at-home-parents hire a babysitter or nanny to watch the kids while they work, but having your children attend a daycare center or preschool during the week ensures a quiet home without interruptions. Even the best of nannies has trouble keeping kids out of mom or dad’s office, and just the sound of toddler meltdowns or your infant giggling may become constant distractions. Plus, at a childcare center, your little one will socialize, learn, and become better prepared for school.
Separate Your Roles
It’s easy to fall into the trap of allowing your worlds to collide when you work from home. You might get up from a conference call and decide that it’s a great time to put away some laundry. The next thing you know, you may find yourself decluttering the linen cabinet as a means of procrastinating. Keep your work and your household duties separate.
Maintain a Private Office Area
If you have a spare bedroom or a den, create an office space that feels comfortable to work in, and functional as well. Even if you don’t have a separate room, you can carve out a nook in the living room or bedroom by installing a desk, shelves, and filing cabinets. It doesn’t have to be a large space, but it does need to make you feel as if you are in a separate zone from the refrigerator that needs to be cleaned or the toys that need to be put away.
It’s incredibly easy to stay in your pajamas each day when you work from home. But showering, getting dressed, and looking your best can make you feel more energetic and more productive. It also makes impromptu client visits and last minute Skype calls a bit easier to manage!
Do you work at home? What are some strategies you’ve employed to keep your days on track? Let us know in the comments section!