Working from a Home Office either as a Solo Worker or Small Business can be very isolating. You need to have systems and boundaries in place so you don’t create unnecessary stress for yourself.
When working from a home office you need to have a defined office area away from living space.
If you can close the door or not see the main house area, the distinction between home and office will be clear. This allows you to be totally present when at home or at work. If you choose to take work into the kitchen or verandah then it’s a clear choice.
Working from a home office
Creating set work time routines helps set boundaries for yourself and others when you’re working from a home office.
An early morning routine to take care of daily household tasks, helps create order in your mind, enabling your mind to shift from home to office much easier.
Set yourself blocks of time to take care of work tasks, emails, calls, making sure you break for coffee and meals. Give yourself a finish time for the day. If you do an evening block of work still have set times.
Let family and friends know what hours you are unavailable. Encourage non household family and friends to “make appointments”, rather then just dropping by. This way you can arrange to sometimes meetup when you are out doing errands.
By doing this, it encourages you to get out of the house, see other people, and set time boundaries where you need to. Working from a home office need not be isolating, just well planned.
So tell me – Do you work solo? Have you got techniques for setting boundaries? Do you have any advice to share for others who work from home?
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