Work­ing it out:

Tips and tricks for tak­ing care of busi­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

There’s a lot of talk about work/life bal­ance but for peo­ple who work from home, the lines can be­come blurred. Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have en­abled in­creas­ing num­bers of us to work from home — whether for an em­ployer or for our­selves — so a well-de­signed home of­fice is key.

Di­rec­tor of Arm­chair Psy­chol­ogy Amanda Gordon says it can be dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to cre­ate a true bal­ance, so that they’re not al­ways tempted to be work­ing or, al­ter­na­tively that they’re not pro­cras­ti­nat­ing when there’s some­thing that needs their at­ten­tion.

“If you are a highly dis­ci­plined per­son who can make the dis­tinc­tion between home and work, then work­ing from the com­fort of your own home can be quite ef­fec­tive,” she says.

“But with­out the sep­a­ra­tion between home and work, you of­ten keep think­ing about work when your mind should be else­where.”

The key is work­ing out ways to men­tally switch between home and work.

“By con­sciously com­plet­ing your day’s work and clos­ing the door, you can move to that other space which is home — but it’s harder to do it when it’s just be­hind the door.”

CRE­AT­ING THE PER­FECT SPACE

It might seem like a good use of space but Amanda says set­ting up a desk in your bed­room may not be the best idea.

“Don’t just make it a cor­ner of the bed­room, make it a proper ded­i­cated workspace you can go into and leave, so there is a sep­a­ra­tion — but it’s still con­ducive to work,” she says.

“Give it some bright colour and put some thought into dec­o­rat­ing it as well, so it’s com­fort­able to be in.”

In­vest in the workspace you’re cre­at­ing, with a good chair, desk and fil­ing cab­i­net, plus a few key ac­ces­sories.

“It’s very easy to do that load of wash­ing or have an­other cup of cof­fee or even turn on the TV,” Amanda says.

“Have a clock in there and work to the clock as if you were at an of­fice, be­cause this is your work time.” You should also dress the part. “It’s use­ful to get dressed as if you are go­ing to work,” she says.

“When you’re dressed you’re ready for work.”

But also re­mem­ber to take breaks from your of­fice rather than feel­ing tied to the desk all day.

“Don’t take your lunch and your cof­fee in there,” Amanda says.

“Go out and have a break, the way you would at work.”

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