Your Living room, the friendly place to work at home
As the technological era is advancing, more and more people opt to work from home. This is especially convenient for mothers of small children who prefer not to spend 10 hours away from home.
Working at home also has its negative aspects. The main disadvantage of this kind of work arrangement is occasional difficulty to focus on work due to inappropriate “office” conditions, either because house members intrude and can’t remember their parent is working there, or because the furniture is not exactly work friendly.
How to Turn Home into Office
There are ways to take care of this problem. The very first step before starting work from home is to choose a room that will be your office every work day for a certain amount of time. Since many people don’t actually have that many rooms in their apartment to be able to turn one into a study room, the living room is usually the most obvious choice for an office.
The next step is talking to your partner and reaching an agreement that the living room will be “off limits” to other members of the family during work hours. Children are more problematic here; if they are small, they won’t really understand the concept of “off limits”. That is why you need to find a person who will take care of them each day, take them outside, entertain them in some other room and leave you focused on work for at least 4-5 hours a day. If your partner is also working from home, you can take turns watching your children.
Some Important Living Room Decoration Tips
If you are serious about work, you need to accommodate your living room so that it really feels like an office, but still functions as the living room after work hours.
1) Choose a spot in your living room that will be your work corner. It can either be a chair at a dining table where you will place your laptop, a small computer desk in a corner, or even a sofa or a recliner chair where you’ll curl up with a laptop on your knees every day. This last choice is not a very good one, because sitting in that position every day is detrimental to your spine.
2) Once you’ve chosen your working spot, try not to change it, at least not often. When a place of work has become part of your routine, interrupting it and getting used to a new spot will slow you down with work. You can mark your place of work in some way: with a name tag, a pillow with your name on it or similar.
3) Try to choose a spot in such a way that your back is turned to the TV. Don’t ever work with a TV on, even if you think it doesn’t bother you. The sounds and images coming from TV cannot be anything but distracting.
4) Avoid recliner chairs at work. Even if you have a very comfortable one in your living room, pretend it doesn’t exist, as it will surely keep you away from work if you submit to its comfy charms.
5) Keep the doors of the living room closed and make it a rule that no one enters while you work.
Once you get into the right mindset, you’ll start viewing your living room differently when you’re “at work” and after work hours. The same room will become two different spaces in your mind. That’s when you’ll be the most successful at what you do.