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Being Successful Working At Home (Part 2 of 2)

There are ways to combat this common problem, though. Make sure to bring up what your working hours will be in your family meeting. Stress to them that between those hours you are not to be disturbed except in the case of an emergency. If you have a separate office with a door that can be closed– use it as a visual cue that you are at work and should not be interrupted.

It’s also a good idea to locate your home office as far from family life and activities as possible. A back bedroom is a good option, so is a workable portion of your garage. Try to make your office comfortable while maintaining a professional working atmosphere. If possible steer clear of the kitchen, den, and living room and try not to spend social time in your office. This takes away from the healthy separation between your home life and your working hours that will allow you to function effectively in both roles.

Some parents that work in the home say that they often find themselves distracted by housework and other family needs. Having set work hours are helpful in this situation as well. Another way to reinforce the feeling of an “away” job and the increase in work responsibility it tends to illicit is by treating your home office just like any other office you’ve worked in. Each work day, shower, shave, put on work appropriate clothing, and be in your office ready to work at your set time.

Working at home is many people’s dream environment. This year alone thousands of people will open up a home office in hopes of success. Unfortunately, at lease 25% will fail within the course of the year and have to return to the conventional work force outside of the home.

Your personal level of commitment to your job and your ability to properly manage your time will be the determining factor of whether of not you will be able to succeed. Your family will also be depending on you and learning from your experiences. Don’t forget to balance that with the equally important amount of time that you set aside to spend with them. Work and family can thrive together with the proper planning, communication, and dedication. Good luck!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Getting Organized: The Mailbox (Part 2 of 2)

Now, without further ado, here the three, simple steps that will lead you straight to mailbox nirvana…

1. Toss the Junk– Instead of carrying it in the house only to toss it in the spot it’s accustomed to accumulating dust, sift the junk mail in a waste basket strategically located inside your door. A removable “shredder top” for your waste basket comes in really handy for credit card offers or other pieces of mail that you don’t want but may contain personal information you don’t want falling in to the wrong hands. You’ll probably lighten your load by half during this first Toss/Shred step alone.

2. Bills in the Bill Box– This box can hang on the wall beside your door, a tray on your bill-paying desk, or whatever spot will ensure it stays highly visible. The Bill Box is the “A” or “Action” in the FAST method and the spot where all bills should immediately come to rest. I keep a cheat sheet on top of the Bill Box that lets me know the due dates of all my recurring bills. When one is about to come due, I grab yon Bill Box and be done with it.

3. Inbox Important Items– You’ve entered the home stretch– and you’ve probably only had mail in your hands for two minutes or less. The mail that remains now should be items that will require some form of further action. Maybe it’s a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon that you want to use this weekend or a bank statement that you’ll use when balancing your checkbook. Regardless of your motivation to keep these leftover pieces of mail, you’ll want an Inbox of some sorts where you can “F” for “File” them for later whatevering.

*Side effects may include paying bills on time and looking majorly organized.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.