Tips for Creating a Home Office
Working from home many times means that you are subject to lots of confusion. This does not mean that you can’t get things done however. There are a few helpful changes you can make around your home to help you get more work done with fewer distractions. Creating your home office should be a priority. Here are some simple tips to get you started:
- Pick the right location – The first thing you should do when setting up a home office is to pick a good location. You should not try to work in the middle of the kitchen or the living room or any area with high traffic. Try to pick a room or location that is out of the way and preferably had a door to shut or some other way of keeping distractions out.
- Stay organized – Another thing you should do is to keep everything related to your work in one location. This office space should be yours only. Do not share your space or things can become confusing. Try to set up a good location that will not be disturbed for any paperwork or other work related materials. File cabinets and desk drawers can often become junk drawers. Periodically go through your files and make sure everything is up to date.
- Set your hours – Last but not least, make sure you have set office hours. Once you get used to a routine it is easier to get things done. You can also make sure friends and family know your work hours so they do not disturb you. With kids it is very important to have the same times every day so that it becomes routine to them. Preferably work hours should not be during peak ‘kid hours’ like just before or after school.
These are just a few of the tips that will help you to create a home office that you can actually get work done in. It is not easy to work from home, but it is worthwhile and can be done. Just stay organized and try to minimize distractions and you will be better off.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.
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