Working at home is a dream for many who works routine office work hours from 8 to 5 during weekdays. It is not easy to work from home full time as we think. There are a lot of distractions for us to work at home. I would say the progress of working in a office is much better compared to home workers. We can’t dedicate full 6-8 hours a day for the work. Most working from home individuals are freelancers or business owners that works odd hours or late night. Most of us claims that we have better Internet connection at night when everyone else sleeps. It depends on when we can work fully without any distractions. For example, below is the list of distractions that can slow down your work:
Listening to radio can help us not fall sleepy or keeping us fresh. The songs played will also keep us awake. Not all songs are suitable for us to work. I prefer slow and soft musics that don’t interrupt my work. Listening to some popular songs will drag my attention away from work and end up listening to the songs or news instead of working. I still think radio as a distraction to work. I would choose my favorite songs or music that actually does not take interfere my work.
It is nice to have TV and lazy couch near computer. But, it is also a distraction to our works. I prefer to take rest while watching TV instead using computer. I guess, I will be lazy in front of TV and I won’t use the computer. TV is a must avoid item in list of distraction. Probably, the ability to change multiple channels and interesting programs that interest us will make us spend more time on TV. Who wants to work if we have the comfort in front of TV watching our favorite programs. Reduce you TV addiction to enable you work from home full time with less distraction.
Having children is great for a family. They complete us as a parent and we learn a lot about our responsibilities and enable us to think for better future. But, they are also part of our distraction that slows down our work. We can’t avoid spending time with children. However, they sleep more than 8 hours a day. So, it is good if you make use of their sleeping hours (evening nap, late night, early morning, school or nursery period, etc). Save some time by cooking simple dishes.
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If your hubby or wife is also work from home, then it would be easier to understand your burden. If they are not, then you may need to spend some extra time whenever they are at home. During weekends, it is wise to go for walk or shopping with family members. This can’t be considered as distraction but I am sure during World Cup Soccer 2010 season, you should face this a lot.
If you spend most of your time online, then you must have come across many shopping sites that interest you. Most of us spend a lot of time surfing products and services that interest us online and offline. Shopping takes huge time and this is not good for work from home mums. If you are a shopaholic, spending time hunting for promotion places, queuing, choosing, window shopping, driving, parking, etc takes a lot of time. This is not healthy for a work at home mum. Controlling our desire towards shopping will be the best way in order to survive as a full time work from home mum.
All of us want to be a good neighbor and keep good communication with all my neighbors. Neighbors is the first helping hand in case of emergency. Sometimes, this can go over the border. Inviting neighbors to our house during weekends or once in a month for a get-together party sounds good. But, hanging out daily will need you to entertain them. Of course, you will have tons of topics to chit-chat about but this will not be helpful if you work form home.
Working from home is not as easy as we think. There are several other problems which we don’t face it in actual day job work at office. You need to be strict in allocating specific amount of time each day to support your job at home. Of course, the flexibility of choosing your working hours is in your hand.