The home office has many advantages: the commute is great, getting laundry done and dinner on the table is much easier. However, it isn’t always easy to handle the distractions of home — the attention-seeking spouse and children, the cat that insists on sitting on your keyboard, the telemarketers, and the neighbours at the door. Then there are the distractions that come from ready access to procrastination of all kinds. These are the distractions that come from within: the dirty windows that must be washed, the favourite TV show that you must catch up on, friends on Facebook you’ve not heard from in ages, email, and so on. It’s enough to make any home office worker long for an isolated cabin in the woods, a place without kids, or pets, or the Internet: a place where one can get some real work done. The good news is that managing distractions at home is quite possible with common sense and a little creativity.
- Set firm boundaries: Create a place that minimizes distractions – have a door on your office, with a lock. Add a Do Not Disturb sign to indicate to others in the household when you unavailable.