Yay…You get to avoid that morning commute by working from home.
Now, where do you setup your home office?
Some people are not fortunate enough to have a den to set up that private office from the get go!
Most people will go through various work from home adjustment stages before they finally succeed at setting up their home office.
The Short-Term Plan
You may start with working on the kitchen table with your laptop, papers, and books stacked off to the side.
Moving them over to the floor in the corner each evening so you can have supper with the family.
It’s not that bad as it is only a temporary plan.
Or is it?
A few months go by and your pile of papers and books now take you 15-20 minutes to move to the floor.
In the interest of saving time, you now decide to just shove stuff just enough to set your plate in between the stacks of paper, with your laptop balancing on top.
It’s getting tight but it is only for a little longer, I’ll get that office space setup.
Or will you?
You made it through the denial phase.
Now you need to take the time to get your home office space in place.
Then you think to yourself that one of the benefits of working from home is the ability of not having to go to any specific office space.
You decide to move your work from the kitchen table to the living room sofa and coffee table.
There is nothing better than working from your sofa, feet on the coffee table and sipping coffee when you want.
Heck, why not turn on the television too.
This work from home stuff is great!
The Downward Spiral
If you are going to work from the comfort of your sofa while watching television, you may as well stay in your pajamas too.
At this point, there will be a difficult time knowing the difference from working and being on a staycation.
Continue on in this direction and you will be able to stay at home permanently…without pay!
While laying on the sofa wearing your fuzzy wussies you come to realize how far down you have gone.
If you were to accidently hit the live video link on your laptop for your colleagues or boss to see you…it would be a permanently leave from work indeed.
Every home and personality will require a custom fit.
Find an area in your home that is well lit and away from the main activity in the home.
If possible place your office in an area that you can close the door and walk away at the end of your work day.
Having a separate workspace will allow you to disconnect from your work.
Ensure you have adequate storage space so your office space does become cluttered. If you do not have a separate room for an office, then having desk that can close like the old roll top type desks or cabinet desk will
If you do not have a separate room for an office, then having a desk that can close like the old roll top type desks or cabinet desk will help you shut down quickly and hide the work clutter.
Customize for Your Comfort
Remember that working from home offer many awesome perks.
One of them is that you don’t need to commute to an office building downtown only to sit in a gray cubicle for 8 to 12 hours /day.
You can decorate and customize your office however you like.
It is your home…so have fun with home office workspace!
Show your personal style but remember to keep it functional.
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