Step Away from the Kitchen

What do you think is the biggest distraction to workers at home?  (not including children)?

Probably the kitchen.  When you were at the office, how many trips did you make to the kitchen or water cooler?  I’ve known people that spend way more time traversing back and for to the cooler than they do working!    And that’s at the office.  Imagine what that can turn into at home?

Sink full of dishes to wash


If you walk into the kitchen every few minutes for a snack or something to drink, you’ll end up washing some dishes, or turning on the t.v to see the weather or just getting some veggies ready to turn on for the dinner.  That isn’t getting your work done.  You wouldn’t be preparing veggies at the office and you shouldn’t do it during your work time at home!

They key to being successful working at home is to keep your work time sacrosanct.  If you work when you plan to work, then you will have the time off that you wanted when you decided to work from home in the fist place.

So, stay out of the kitchen.  Say away form the temptation to start dinner or just clean up a few things or maybe throw in a load of laundry.  You are at work.  Go work.

Oh, and the other obvious problem with hanging out in the kitchen too much is snacking!  Just because you CAN doesn’t mean that you SHOULD!

If possible, get a small fridge and coffee pot/tea kettle for your office.  Keep the few things there as you would in your office downtown.   This will ensure that you continue working.  It is a good idea to leave the office for lunch but set a timer and come back on time.  Be sure to get your allotted hours in each day.

Every year there’s a huge garage sale in my neighborhood.  I see mini-fridges there every year.  (I suppose as the kids grow up and come back from college, they are no longer needed)  Same with coffee pots etc.  None of this has to be extravagant or take up a lot of space.

Yes, I hear the groaning and moaning, the wail of “but I wanted to work at home so that I would have freedom to work when I want and you are trying to put me on a schedule.”  Believe me,  without a schedule, at least at first, you will get sidetracked by every distraction.  The end result will be that you will have to work into the evening and maybe even into the night after the family is asleep to complete your work.  It will definitely make that episode of Jerry Springer soooooooooo not worth it!

You will get the extra time that you wanted by guarding your work time!  Work  your 8 hours and remember, you don’t have to drive an hour there and  an hour and a half home.  You will be surprised at how much you can get done without all the distractions of the office as long as you are not a distraction to yourself!  Set yourself up for success.

Here are some office necessities that will help keep you on track!



Single Serve Coffee Makers – there’s a gazillion choices from drip to pods to travel mugs, from $$$$ to $ so I’ve included a whole page of choices!

Same is true with the electric tea kettles and the mini-fridges so I’ve liked to the pages with the various colors and prices.  Or in case you absolutely HAVE to have a mini-fridge that looks like a Rubiks Cube (of course you do!)

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9 thoughts on “Step Away from the Kitchen

  1. Joon says:

    For me, I have to go to the kitchen a little more haha. Sometimes I get so caught up with work that I tend to leave dirty dishes and not wash them on time. I’ll snack on something but usually just put dishes in the sink and leave it there for a long time. However, working online, as many have already mentioned, the biggest distraction is browsing and spending unproductive time watching videos or on social medias. My biggest enemy’s been youtube. But I think I’ve been getting better.

    1. Patt says:

      Yes, you are right. The internet can be a huge distraction. I have made a rule for myself that I can’t check FB until after I’m done working. I’ve worked in offices where it was not allowed to go on social media sites, or on your phone unless you were out on your lunch break and I lived! I survived! So I am pretty good at just not going on until I’ve gotten my work done! Thanks for stopping in.

  2. Gloria says:

    I agree, it’s very easy to get distracted when you work at home. It’s a great idea for those who snack a lot to bring snacks with them into their office. also a coffee pot with sugar and creamer would save a lot of time from having to get up and go to the kitchen to refill that cup.

    1. Patt says:

      Thanks Gloria! It is. There are so many distractions. Sometimes is the expectations that others put on us like “you were home all day, why couldn’t you go grocery shopping?!” People think that we have all the time in the world to cook and clean and shop and do other people’s errands “because we are home.” That’s why I stress boundaries. I find that if I brings snacks to my office, I often don’t eat them. But if I don’t, I want to go down and get something. Mind games!

  3. stefan says:

    Hi there. Interesting article. I think it is really challenging to keep focus when working from home. The kitchen is my worst enemy, I am sure about that! I try to keep all the things that I need within reach, on top of my desk. These include water and snacks.

    As there is no boss to ask for results, I also find myself procrastinating a lot on the social media and youtube videos. Temptations are everywhere.

    I must keep motivated and focused on our work. Always! So a schedule is really important indeed. Thanks for your advice!


    1. Patt says:

      HI Stefan! Couldn’t agree more. A schedule is imperative. But you know what else? Sometimes, we just can’t work all the way through. I have some 1/2 hour t.v. shows recorded. I go downstairs to have lunch and I “allow” myself one 1/2 hour show when I am eating. You could plan some social media time into your day as a break as long as you are sure to shut if off when it’s time. Set a timer if you have to! If we plan a little down time and make sure to celebrate, give yourself a pat on the back or some sort of reward for sticking to the task and getting it done – we are our own bosses. We shouldn’t be slave drivers, right?!

  4. Neil says:

    I do tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially pot washing as I have no dishwasher. 🙁 I also agree with you when it comes to snacking because it can be highly addictive but bad at the same time depending on whether it’s a sugary snack.

    As for mini-fridges, they’re great for one person but if 2 or more are drinking, there will be a “lack of chilled beer” problem. My dad keeps his mini-fridge and a case of beer hidden locked away in the garden shed. LOL.

    Thanks for the recommendations, and I’m certainly in need of a single service coffee maker as I live alone.


  5. Netta says:

    Hey Patt:

    Your post made me smile. Step away from the kitchen indeed!

    As a writer, I can chime in with absolute certainty that it is very important to be able to block out the time to do the work, apply seat to chair, and do it. Setting a definite start time and a definite end-time is a help. Having all the stuff you need to do your work handy is a help. Setting up assorted rituals help. Training the other people in your life to respect your time is a help.

    Or you can get up really early and do your work before anybody is up and whale away at it. Whatever it takes….

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for chiming in, Netta! Working at home does take some discipline but it makes all the difference. It could easily turn into a nightmare. Speaking of … if we are working at an office, we don’t usually have our bedroom saying, “just a short nap, just 10 minutes …”

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