If you’re running your business out of your home, you may face challenges separating your work life from your home life. It may be difficult concentrating on work when you’re looking at a stack of dirty dishes or a pile of laundry waiting to be washed.
Furthermore, since you don’t have a “real job,” you may be the victim of friends and neighbors who think they can impose on your time just because you are at home. While there are more businesses run from the home today than ever before, for some people, it can be difficult to believe that one is actually working when they are at home.
It won’t throw your whole day off if you throw a load of laundry into the washer or load the dishwasher but if you find yourself tempted to scrub the floor or mow the lawn, it might be a good idea to refrain from doing any household duties during working hours.
You may find that even though you work at home, you’re more productive by sticking to a regular work schedule and doing household chores after hours, just as you would if you worked away from the home.
Friends and Neighbors
Whether you’re a beginning or seasoned Internet marketer, you’ll have to establish ground rules from the start when you work from home. If not, you’ll find that you are dodging almost constant interruptions from people who want to visit or want you to sign for their packages or watch their children after school.
You’ll most likely find, though, that if you treat your business like the business it is that others will too. Time management skills are just as important whether you are working from home or from an office away from the home.
Don’t be afraid to accept a lunch date now and then. After all, if you were working outside the home, you would probably have lunch with a friend at least part of the time.
You’ll be much more productive though, if you purposely schedule lunch dates instead of stopping your work every time someone wants your company. While you don’t have to be obsessed with time management, adhering to a regular schedule as often as possible will boost your productivity.
Of course, you can’t control everything. Sometimes there will be interruptions that you have to deal with immediately or at least sooner than you thought. You may be waiting on a service person who has a scheduled appointment to perform routine maintenance or repairs.
When this happens, try to stay focused on your work until the person actually arrives, take the necessary time needed to handle the situation, and then get back to work.
It takes incredible discipline to work from home and stay focused and productive without giving in to every distraction that comes alone. The first order of business is to treat your business like the business it is and diligently guard against unnecessary distractions and interruptions. Then, when the necessary ones come along, you’ll be able to handle them without throwing your entire day or week off.