Working from home has several advantages, such as allowing you to be your own boss, having a flexible time schedule and being able to spend more quality time with your family. There is, however, one disadvantage and that is that there are some things (and people) that can often become disruptions, making it hard for you to concentrate on doing your job.
Kids running around the house, arguing, talking loud and interrupting you can cause you to lose your focus. If you have toddlers, you may want to see if you can get a trustworthy adult to come sit with them during your work hours, to prevent them from disrupting you. If you have school-age children, plan your working hours for when they are in school, so you’ll have free time to spend with them once they get home. Another option may be to get up in the wee hours, when everybody is still asleep and everything is quiet, to work. That way you can stop or take a break in the mornings to eat breakfast with your kids, fix lunch or handle any household chores that need to be done.
Your husband or wife may think it’s perfectly okay to just walk in your home office at any time and start a discussion, launch a complaint or demand attention when you are at your busiest with your work-at-home job. Explain to him or her that you are working now, but that you want to be able to fully focus on what they have to say. It’s probably a good thing to set aside a specific time of day to spend with your spouse and let him or her address any issues they have, so that they don’t feel ignored or slighted.
Friends can be a big disruption as well. If they are used to telephoning you whenever the mood strikes, it may be a difficult habit for them to break. They may even be insulted when you won’t make the time to talk to them when they call. Like your family, your friends also may not understand that what you are doing is as legitimate a job as if you were going to work in an outside office. Share with them what you’re doing and give them your work schedule, so they will know when you will have time open to talk.
Working from home can be a good experience, once you help those you care about adjust to your new situation.
It’s really just a matter of using diplomacy, setting the appropriate boundaries and standing your ground.