There are many advantages of having a home office. Just off the top of my head:
– You don’t have to struggle with traffic.
– You will never forget anything at the office.
– You can wear your slippers all – day – long!
I know there are many other positive things about having a home office, but there are also some drawbacks to having a home office:
– There are many distractions.
– You may have children at home all day long.
– You could potentially work all the time!
So how do you manage it all? How do you figure out what the best balance is for you and your home office?
In this three-part series, we’ll be taking a look all the things to consider when you have a home office.
Cutting Out The Distractions
Ready? Set? I want you to think of all the things that need to get done in your home today. Here is what’s going on in my head:
– I have to throw in a load of laundry.
– I have to run to get hockey skates sharpened.
– The dishwasher needs to be emptied.
– The house really could use a vacuum.
– I should check my Facebook page (business and personal)
– While I’m at it, I should check my Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google + pages too.
And on…and on…and on!
If I were to stop writing this article to go do what is listed above, this article would not have been written. I would have filled in my day with items that needed to get done around the house – instead of working.
So how does one cut out those distractions? Obviously the laundry is not going to get washed by its self. The dishes are not going to walk themselves into the cupboards. Those are real jobs in my house that need to get done.
I believe that cutting out the distractions involves a simple shift in thinking. The thinking is that I am going to carve out a chunk of time for work. Not housework – business work! More importantly, during that chunk of time, I am going to limit my distractions.
– Cell phone reminders (the bells that continue to go off) with a new message or text? Turn them off!
– A reminder that just popped up on my screen that I have new emails? Change your setting on your desktop or laptop and turn those notifications off!
– A notification that someone ‘liked’ your post or made a comment on your Facebook page? Turn all of that off!
By limiting your distractions, I guarantee that you will become more productive!
Part 2: Planning Your Day