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Work at Home Tip: Dealing with Interruptions

Handling Interruptions when Working from Home


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Working from home is certainly celebrated, but it isn’t always completely understood or even respected by those who don’t have the privilege of working from home.

When you’re trying to get some work done from home, you can find that your friends and family will call you during the day, just to check in. While you want to be a good friend, you might notice that these interruptions only continue when you’re willing to entertain them.

Instead, try creating clear business hours for your week and let friends and family know what they are. Just as if you were at any other job, they need to keep in mind that just because you’re working from home, you’re not available to them during those times. Of course, if there’s any emergency, you can be available, but other than that, they know to wait until quitting time.

You can also add a second phone line for work use only, which will help you keep your personal and work calls separate. Do the same with email and avoid checking your personal email account during your work hours or check it only during breaks.

Working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds to most. In fact, it can be much harder than working at an office since you have to be accountable to yourself. But when you can limit interruptions, you can increase your productivity.

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