First: It’s important to remember that working home is not a suitable childcare solution. Caring for children (particularly when they are toddlers) is a full-time job in itself so if you already have another full-time job, you should not expect to do each one. While working from home does reduce the time you spend commuting, working while your children are asleep really isn’t effective or efficient. When your kids are awake they more likely to let you work in silence (well near silence) if you make time in your work schedule to offer them your full attention in between bursts of work activity. Be entirely present for playtime for 20 minutes, and then ask them to cooperate with you when you return to work. When you’re done, reward them (and yourself-playtime can be a good way to leave the stress of work) with another scheduled play time.
Second: Make a dedicated office space. If you’re working from home full or part-time, it is best to have a dedicated work space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money extended your house to accommodate you’re your office, but you should have some sort of desk space. This space should be in a place where you can concentrate, whether for work or phone calls. However, you should see this as an opportunity to make an office you could actually work at. You can do quite cost effectively by combining sites like eBay and Craigslist with online transportation marketplaces, like uShip, who always have reliable transporters looking for courier jobs.
Third: Set boundaries about when you are working and when you aren’t and stick to it. One of the major benefits of working from home is that should a situation arise you can be flexible. That said, it is best to set up a schedule and timetable, just like you would do in the office. One of the greatest difficulties of working from home is telling yourself to stop working. Therefore, it is best to define when the work day starts and finishes. This will give you, your work colleagues and your family structure to your day and ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to both work and play.
Fourth: Always be reachable, maintain communication with your work colleagues Frequent communication back to your office should not underestimated. It is easy to get into a routine and forget to report in, but this is a vital aspect of working remotely. Be active about communicating what you’re working on, asking for feedback and engaging in relevant team discussions. Always avoid replying exclusively on email and IM. Simply by picking up the phone you can work out an issue or answer a question in a fraction of the time it would take via email. Using a range of communication methods also ensures that you keep relationships current.
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