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A beginner's guide to working from home without driving yourself and your family crazy

For some people, working from home is a dream. For others, it’s a circle of hell. For a lot of us right now, it’s a reality, whether we like it or not.


I can attest that a lot of people really fear the lack of boundaries that working from home can imply.


Let’s turn to an “expert” for advice — someone who has worked at home, by choice, for years!


Geoffrey James, contributing editor at Inc., has a few boundary-setting rules to share:


1. Create a dedicated work area that you don’t use for anything else. If you have an office or guest room available, great. But a lot of folks have to make due with a corner of the bedroom or kitchen. Carve out a space. Make it yours.


2. Train people to leave you alone. You have to be vigilant to do this successfully. And that will mean being consistent yourself. When you’re working, don’t seek out other members of your family for “a quick chat.” Hopefully, they’ll learn to pay you the same respect.


3. Keep a schedule. Start with the one you use in the office. The bonus is you get a little time back you used to spend commuting. How are you going to use it?

Love to hear any of your own tips in the comments below.


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