So, you want to work from home…

Well, who could blame you? Telecommuting seems to be the thing just now and it’s easy to see why. Employers see cost savings, a more engaged workforce, and recruitment that isn’t limited by geography, so the best people can be hired for a job rather than the closest. Employees love the less stressful environment, an improved work/life balance, and not sitting in traffic for a couple of hours a day. The rise of the entrepreneur has also driven the shift in perception of what constitutes the working environment.

But home working brings challenges too – so many potential distractions. The phone ringing with the inevitable sales call from someone claiming to represent your broadband provider;  family members making sure you’re ok, not too lonely, or in need of a 30-minute disquisition on Ben and Holly’s latest adventures; and, the big one (for me, anyway), easy access to your TV that awaits with the box set that you’re currently binge watching and the last episode you watched ended with the cliff hanger to beat all cliff hangers and you really need to know if your favourite character really is dead, an evil traitor, or capable of being less bossy and rude to suspected elderly witches and in need of rescue by a fairy princess and her elf friend. Sigh!

So, how do you overcome these distractions and have a productive day of extra-office working?

There is some great advice out there for those who want to make a success out of working from home. It seems that there will need to be rules, if you’ll pardon my use of so awful a word. These are self-imposed rules, rules that you tailor to your needs, your strengths, and your weaknesses. My rule would have to be a padlock on the TV cabinet where I only get the key on completion of the day’s tasks, somewhat like Crystal Maze but without the unflattering jumpsuits.

And, where to plonk yourself so you can get your head down and get working? The general advice seems to centre around creating an environment that you can work well in. Somewhere you can relax and still feel motivated. The sofa might be it for you. Or it might be the local coffee shop. Or for those with a garden, a purpose-built garden room might be it, perhaps one with a glass wall giving you a hopefully tranquil, green and pleasant backdrop to your working day, where you won’t be disturbed by the distractions of your life. The way I see it, you can make it all of the above. Pop in a sofa, a coffee maker and a window to sit by and you have the perfect place to get some serious work done!

Good luck in your domestically located endeavours!

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