I know it’s tough to set boundaries when working from home. A lot of times family and friends can think you can just drop everything to talk or help them. Of course, right now we can’t do that as is, but there’s still so many other things to distract us, phones, social media, and family. I want to share how to set boundaries as a lot of people are working from home for the first time.
- Set a schedule and stick to it every day. Make hours that will work with your family. Making these hours will also let your co-workers know when you’re in the office, and when it’s best to get in touch with you. At the end of your workday turn off devices you use for work off.
- Have a dedicated workspace. Don’t pick a new place each day. Find one that will work for you and stick with it. This way family will know when your there that your working. Make the area as tidy as you would if you were driving to work every day. Add flowers and or decorations to your desk to make it pretty.
- Schedule your lunches, so your not tempted to work all day with no breaks. You wouldn’t go without a lunch break at work, so don’t when working from home. This also gives you a chance to stretch and have a mental break from what you’ve been busy working on.
- Say no. Practice saying no to things you don’t need to do during your work hours. It will help you create a routine and making your work time is precious. You won’t feel overwhelmed like you’ve put too much on yourself
- Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable for getting your work done. It’s easier to put things off when working from home or to get distracted. They can also give you a nudge to close down for the day if your working way past the hours you set.
What are some tips you have for working at home?
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife, and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and her family. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.