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Creating the Perfect at Home Workspace

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Creating the Perfect at Home Workspace

According to government statistics, there are currently 4.6 million self-employed workers in the UK, i.e. 15% of the total workforce. This doesn’t include the 356,000 who work for other people as their main job but who have a self-employed second job.

 
As Athena members, many of us are juggling our businesses with childcare and other household tasks (please pardon the generalisation).

As it’s a new year, it might be time to review the efficiency of your working habits? Do you sit on the couch in sweatpants, balancing a laptop on your knees as you half-watch Game of Thrones, or do you sit in a dedicated workspace, where you are as free as possible from the distractions of everyday life?

It is true that many at-home businesses start on the kitchen table or even the couch, operating during those snatched minutes when the children are occupied.
You may not want to be the next Richard Branson but to be a success you need to stop treating your business as a hobby.

Here are 3 top tips for creating the perfect, or as near as possible, workspace in your home.

  • Set aside a dedicated space. This doesn’t need to be a fully-equipped home office; a corner in your spare bedroom, dining room or even a cupboard large enough to house a small desk or a shelf. The most important aspect is that it is somewhere you can treat as your workspace.
  • Block distracting websites. No more Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or whatever else you use as your prime procrastination tool. Download one of the free apps or browser add-ons available to prevent you from accessing certain sites and use it religiously. Try StayFocusd https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en or Simple Blocker http://simpleblocker.com/ for a start.
  • Be strict. No matter what else needs to be done, don’t let yourself procrastinate. Popping off for five minutes to do housework or anything else that isn’t work wouldn’t be acceptable in an office and should not be acceptable in your home office. Be tough and you’ll soon break that habit.

About Andrea

andrea osborne cushion the impactAndrea Osborne, www.cushiontheimpact.co.uk 020 3218 0053

For over 14 years, Andrea and her award winning team at cushion the impact have been helping entrepreneurs focus on the important and profitable aspects of their business and personal lives by taking on their to do lists and admin. Make more time for you and your business …

 


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