20 Jul 7 home office problems
Home office has many perks, but also has many issues we are going to face, that’s why we want to talk about 7 problems that most home office workers have to deal with at some point, whether you are just starting or you are a veteran, these thing have probably happened to you, and are probably going to happen again in the future.
- Over-working: This is a very common one, people for some reason think that working from home is just dandy, in the sense that just because you are at home, you don’t get stressed or tired, and there is no bigger lie than that. If anything, home office makes you even more tired and stresses if it’s not done correctly. Having to transform you living place into your work place will surely make you pay the cost of not having a clear line of where to start and where to end your personal and work life, but with experience, patience and some guidance, you can master it and basically nullify all the drawbacks and keep enjoying the advantages.
The main counter measure to avoid over working is, trying to separate the physical space of you place, by maybe using as a work area a very specific and conditioned room, so when work is over you can feel the work switch turning off. Also you need to be very clear that work is over with your team mates, if you were able to finish the tasks that you got stipulated on your calendar, you need to notify that you are over for the day. Usually home office workers have the habit of finish working and stay logged in in their working apps, this can lead to additional work coming to you, don’t get the wrong idea, it’s not that work is bad, or undesirable, but the fact that an employee finishes his daily tasks on time, just to give him some more to do, shows a lack of planning.
- Work priorities: One of the most difficult things to achieve is the right prioritization of work; having several thing to do throughout the day means that sometimes things can get messy, and that it takes a bit more strategy to get the best result, not only raw motivation and will power. Especially if your tasks are energy draining.
There is an old saying that goes… “The first thing to do in the morning is to eat a living frog”. It works as a metaphor to do the most demanding task, or the one you are most prone to procrastinate on first, that way you will focus more into that particular task and finish it better thanks to having more energy. You can also limit the amount of tasks you handle daily, for example you can plan your calendar with 1 big task, 3 mediums tasks and 5 small ones, using any array you know you can handle. There are several working systems that can help you to manage not only your time, but also your energy, so you can find what works the best for you.
- Avoiding interruptions: on the office there are many sources of interruptions, like coworkers that pass by, or an occasional birthday that makes everyone go to the break room to enjoy some cake. As it turn out, at home there are also distractions, not the same kind, but distractions none the less, just to mention a few, delivery person, pets that want to go outside, kids and noisy neighbors. These are just some of all the possible distractions that can happen only at home, ask anyone who works from home and they’ll tell you the same.
One of the best ways to avoid distractions at home, is firstly, organize a family meeting and tackle the subject of you working, and let them know that they can’t interrupt you for the time you are working, except of course in certain cases of emergency, try to be as clear as possible, especially if there are small children, these can be very energetic and require a lot of vigilance, which makes hiring a babysitter or a nanny a very good idea to keep the house under control while you work.
Home office is an easy thing to learn but very hard to master, just make sure you don’t give up, and one day you’ll be able to accomplish great thing without having to leave your home sweet home.