How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Working from Home
Running a business from your home or simply working from home can be a great way to earn an income. Many people who work 9 to 5 jobs dream of working from home so they can spend more time with their family and friends instead of in a stuffy office building or cubicle. But if you’re not careful, there are some pitfalls of working from home that you can fall into and make the dream a nightmare. Here are some common problems that people often encounter when working from home and some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of those pitfalls.
Lack of Focus
One of the biggest pitfalls of working from home is that it’s very difficult to focus on your work. There are so many distractions at home so it takes more energy to focus on the tasks at hand rather than worrying about the things around the home that need to get done. You might be thinking about the dishes that need to be put away, the laundry that needs to get folded or some other chore. Many people who work from home also get distracted by television or going places to run errands.
The best thing you can do to regain your focus when working from home is to create a schedule. You don’t have to neglect all of those things that need to get done around the house, but you need to schedule time for it. After all, if you’re working from home, you should take advantage of the flexibility that it provides. Create a schedule that allows you to work for two hours, for instance, and then schedule a half hour after that to devote to doing something around the house. It also helps to have a designated area in your home that you can devote to working. An extra bedroom, a den or even the kitchen counter can be that place as long as it is free of major distractions.
Lack of Boundaries
Another big pitfall of working from home is that you often lose your boundaries. Your friends and family think that you have all the time in the world simply because you don’t go to an office or some other place for your job. They’ll call during your work hours and expect you to be able to talk or they expect you to go places with them during the day.
You can combat this lack of boundaries, though. For one thing, have a talk with those who seem to think they can rip you away from your work during the day. Many times, they just don’t understand that you are working even though you are at home. But before you can expect others to respect your work schedule, you have to respect it yourself. It’s important to realize that your work is just as important to making a living as if you went to a job every day. Once you respect your own boundaries, others will begin to do so as well.
Lack of Company
Many people enjoy going to a job every day because of the social interaction. They can discuss things with colleagues, connect with others and feel like they are part of a social group. That’s one of the things that you miss when you work from home. Many people who work from home feel like they are isolated from the rest of the world.
You can solve this by making an effort to create social interactions with others. Look for things in your community that you can get involved with, including volunteer groups that often host events. Also, use your social media accounts to foster socialization. Having conversations online is becoming the new “water cooler” discussions that people have in the office setting. With the internet, there are many other options for socializing, too, including video chats and much more.
Recognizing the pitfalls of working from home can help you avoid them. The tips offered above will help you be more productive without isolating yourself from the rest of society.
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