When you work from home, you are faced with a multitude of distractions that can make it hard to be productive. While you have to deal with distractions in a traditional office, too, you’ll have a difficult time being productive at home if you do not set up a routine that limits your distractions. Here are some tips to help you establish boundaries for working from home.
First, set up a dedicated work area. This is where you will do your work every day. When you know that you have a particular space to work in, you are more likely to be able to concentrate and get work done. You will be away from the television and other areas of the house with distractions, such as play areas where your kids can distract you if they are at home and awake when you work. It is best if you can close the door to the room in which you work so that you are not interrupted by others in your household seeking your attention.
Additionally, set up rules for whether, how, and when you can be interrupted during your work day. If someone needs you, they might be able to text message you, or you can possibly be available via a chat program, such as Skype or Google chat. If people are constantly knocking on your door, wanting you to do something else, you’re less likely to be productive.
Finally, set up a routine so that you are not distracted by household tasks like laundry, running errands, etc. Set aside a specific time for work every day. This will help you focus on your work while you are supposed to be concentrating on work tasks. You can do other household-related chores at other times of the day. If you have a tendency to be distracted when you are tired, set up your routine so that you work during the hours when you are the most awake.
When you set up boundaries and limits for distractions, be consistent in how you apply them. Consistency is key to being able to work successfully and productively from home.