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Is Your Home Office Full of Distractions?

Jun 8, 2008
Do you work from home? Do you find it difficult to stay focused and on task? Do you waste time and get sidetracked easily?

Most people that work from home will answer yes to the above questions. Why? Because a home is filled with distractions. And without strict discipline time will just fade away.

Getting organized is a long and constant process. But the first step towards that goal is to arrange your physical space in such a way that distractions are minimized.

What does this mean? Well, a home office is often much more than that. It is a place where personal work and business work converge. And sometimes a home office doesn't even really exist - unless you call the kitchen table the office. This is a formula for disaster. It is imperative that you carve out a bit of space for your business. You don't have to have a dedicated room for the "office" but you should separate your work space from your personal space.

This can be done in several different ways. If you are fortunate enough to have a separate room then your work is done, figuratively speaking. But if you must use a portion of another room for your work space then you have to be a bit creative.

Often you can section off a part of a room just by positioning furniture strategically. A corner can be blocked off by a sofa or a credenza. A free standing screen can offer some much needed privacy. And don't forget about lighting. By illuminating your workspace when you are working and the rest of the room when you are "off" you have created a visual sectioning of your room.

Once you have determined what area you will use for your home office you need to establish certain rules for that space. If other family members will be using the same space then you must make sure that their personal items don't encroach on your productivity. Children may use your office space to do homework or use the computer, but if they leave a trail of folders, books, and toys behind then that will distract you when you sit down to work the next day.

Also, watch out for your own personal clutter. Photographs, bills, and coffee cups have a way of stealing desk space. Train yourself to put these things away when not in use and you will become much more focused in your home office.
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