The last thing you need when youre working is somebody badgering you about chores, telling you about their date last night, or recounting what happened on last nights episode of Modern Family, even if you do happen to like Modern Family. But this is unfortunately a sad reality of working from home. So heres how to make sure you won’t be disturbed any longer!
1 Find your space
If you find your usual work space constantly being infested by your roomies or partner, then its time to set up an office or at least a space you can call your very own. If you usually work in the kitchen for example then your cohabiter is well within his or her rights to make a cuppa every once in a while. And this is exactly why you need to find your own separate workspace.
If youre lucky enough to have a spare room then yay for you because it can be turned into an office! Alternatively you could partition off some space in your bedroom. Or you could even be a little more creative and turn a shed or that particularly large cupboard under the stairs into an office – at the risk of feeling a bit like Harry Potter. Here are some nicely transformed nooks and crannies to inspire you.
2 Be assertive
Some narrow-minded people still dont see working from home as a real job. They dont know theyre silly but we know theyre silly and its probably not the best idea to tell them that theyre being silly. But nevertheless you have to say something. Reinforce the idea that this is how youre bringing home the bacon now. Tell them that youve got some important work to do over the next few hours and youll chat to them later.
Maybe consider putting up a dont disturb sign when youre very busy. Or even telling everyone your office hours so they know when not to disturb you.
3 Turn off your phone and other devices
…as long as you dont need them to work of course. A distraction is a distraction. Your phone means that you cant get work at home privacy even when you live alone. So do yourself a favour and switch it off.
4 Change up your working hours
One of the nice things about working from home is getting to be your own boss! This means you can decide when you work. So if you really cant get work at home privacy then work when everyone else is out. Hopefully, your roomies or beloved work a 9-5 so you can have regular hours. And if youre something of a night owl then you could even work while they sleep!
The key here is getting the people who you live with to respect your work and your working space. Dont let them think you have an easy ride just because you go to work in your pjs and watch episodes of Breaking Bad in between tasks!
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