By Denise Willms
When you first decided to work from home, you might have started out like many other moms and turned your kitchen table into your work area. From this nexus point, you can easily keep an eye on the kids, plus easily manage all the household activities like phone calls and listening for the load of laundry to be done, while working on your own projects.
Or can you?
When I began working from home four years ago, my kitchen table seemed the logical place for me to work. But after several months, when I evaluated my goals and my lack of progress, I began to wonder if my kitchen table "office" was part of the problem. Since then, I've found creative ways to carve out my own "work from home" space, even in the midst of never-ending activity.
If you're having trouble finding space to work from home, you might find some of these suggestions helpful.
A Work from Home Space to Call Your Own
One of the problems with using a kitchen table, is that your work space can feel "borrowed." If your family is like mine, you can only use it until it's needed for something else, like the kids' lunches or a friend coming over for tea. Then you have to pack up your business and put it away somewhere else.
If you're serious about achieving your home business goals, it's important to treat your business seriously. If you're constantly moving it out of the way, you might be subconsciously telling yourself your business isn't is as important as the other things you do.
When you can't have a designated office space in your home, look into creating a portable office for yourself, that you can move around as needed. Purchase boxes and files where you can organize your work and store it safely, without being in anyone's way.
Staying Safe When You Work from Home
Did you know that working at the kitchen table can be dangerous for your health? If you work at a keyboard, your kitchen table is probably not an ergonomically correct set up. If you're bending over to create crafts or scrapbooks, you could be unnecessarily hard on your back. .
When you set up your work from home space, consider the ergonomics of your particular activities. You don't want to develop tendinitis or carpal tunnel because of your work. Not only are these conditions painful, they can also keep you from being productive and reaching your goals
Lights, Camera, Action! Or Not...
Good lighting is another consideration when you set up your work from home space. Bright kitchen lights may not be the best choice for you to work under. Continually working under bad lighting can cause headaches and migraines for some moms. Even if you don't get headaches, you may tire more easily because of eye strain.
Do some research to determine the best type of lighting for your needs, then plan a space that can accommodate that. If the kitchen table is still your best option, see if you can change the lighting in there.
When you create a home office space that suits your own business needs, you can feel more confident about your business. Creating an effective working space is an important for step for achieving your work from home dreams.
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