The pros and cons of working from home
Writers, designers, and other web professionals know that one of life’s little pleasures is the ability to work from home. This means no hectic commute, bad office coffee, or an uncomfortable desk chair from the strict hours of nine to five. Instead, a work-from-home schedule means working at a more relaxed pace and under your own conditions—which, for some, is pajamas. It also, however, means many added distractions—and lots of them. Despite being committed to the work, people often hit roadblocks throughout the day when confined within the four walls of their own home. Clare Evans, a time management and productivity coach, admits that its not just the surrounding environment that causes distractions. Other difficulties include finding the discipline to sit down and work, dealing with the idea of not being able to “get away from the office”, and a lack of human interaction. On top of this, it’s the chores (“that pile of laundry isn’t going to fold itself”), the kitchen (“I can use another cup of tea”), and the television (“Just one more episode…) that are major culprits of distraction. Ahead, Evans offers simple solutions for the very difficult task of how to work from home. First, you’ll want to make yourself aware of these reasons you can’t focus and what to do about it.
Have a designated work space
Whether you have a dedicated office or a small table for your work, make sure that this zone is for work only. It will make it much easier to leave work at the end of the day and not let it trickle into your home life. Pick a spot that’s away from most of the commotion in the house or consider making space in part of your garage or quiet corner of the basement just for your office. If you must work from the sofa or a cushy chair, invest in a rolling laptop stand that gives you a definitive work station. We like the one from LEVO—it’s sturdy and adjustable, so you can use it sitting down, lying down, or any position in between.