Falling into the Pit of Working from Home? Climb Out Here.

One of the hardest aspects of working from home is creating the discipline or motivation to work regular hours each day. It is so easy to get distracted and put off the essential tasks that need to get done.  So an easy solution is keeping your work place separate from the rest of your life.  [...]


One of the hardest aspects of working from home is creating the discipline or motivation to work regular hours each day. It is so easy to get distracted and put off the essential tasks that need to get done.  So an easy solution is keeping your work place separate from the rest of your life.  When working at home, you’re surrounded by all the signs of your personal life (and all its toys) that, initially, it’s hard to apply the discipline of work to your personal ‘castle’.    Conversely, if business and its components are spread all over your home, you’ll lose the ’sanctuary’ aspect a home can have and may also restrict family members from enjoying what is their shared space.    Having a separate business space helps you to know: ‘When I step into that room, I’m working, when I want to take a break, I step out’.  In that way, you not only maintain a separation between working and home life, you don’t feel continuously confronted by business and the sense that you should be working all the time.

Another important feature about your workspace is its need to provide you with an environment conducive to running your business in an effective way.  If you’ve just commandeered some available space have you thought about how it can be used to best working advantage?  You’ll probably spend many, many hours there; how can you set it up with personal, pleasing elements that will help you want to be there as often as you will?  That will encourage your energy and creativity?

Another pitfall of working from home is called ‘pajamas’ – we just can’t get out of them.  So make it a point to get out to business, educational or networking events; practice your pitch, your relationship-building skills, make appointments to meet with people.  Remember people?  They’re the beings attached to the fingers at the other keyboard creating all those emailed or texted messages bombarding you.  Get back into the habit of communing with whole people, not just their messages, and you’ll keep your perspective fresh and your ideas diverse.  And that’s a great way to grow a new home-based business

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