Keeping your home a home when working from it
When you work from home, sometimes your home becomes the office, and your family becomes the sacrifice. The following are some great tips for keeping your home a home, even when you work from it.
Don't let work things physically encroach on your living space-
Determine where you business will be conducted, where you will work, and set up a space dedicated to just that. Do not let yourself work in your family spaces, or put products in rooms they don't belong in. Instead, set up a home office, and keep your work confined to that space so that when your family wants to be in the house, they can without interfering with your work or business. Your child should not have to be concerned about spilling in the kitchen, etc. because it might get on some work papers. Those work papers should be in your home office.
Don't let your work determine the way your home has to be-
If you find yourself telling children to be quiet, or asking your family not to make food in the blender, or watch television because the noise will interfere with your work, then chances are you are letting work determine the mood and environment of your home. It is time to put a stop to that. How? One of the best ways is to simply change your work hours. If you need quiet, or need to be able to make phone calls without interruption, etc. you should set your hours for when your family is away from home. Such as when kids are in school, or the family has commitments that take them out of the house. On the rare occasions that you have to work other times as well, do not let it be a punishment for your family, instead find a fun, constructive way to get the environment you need, without making it seem like work matters most. For example, send your kids to the movies for the night, or order dinner in so no one has to make a mess in the kitchen, etc.
Try to work consistent hours, and have time off-
If you are going to work from home, you have to be able to "get off" from work sometimes. You don't want to end up feeling like you are always at work. So, set hours that you will dedicate to work, and other hours that you will dedicate to your family, your home, and other commitments. It is really helpful to give yourself a day off each week where you do not think about, talk about, or do any of your home business stuff. It helps keep you balanced, and gives your family the sense that they are as important as your business. Spend quality time with your family and do stuff for yourself each day.