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?
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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