WFH Boundaries

by Bethany Kelsey | July 14, 2020, 09:42 AM

Home Office Mindset

Your home office is unarguably a different environment than an onsite work office.  This interesting dual home:work space comes with unique features. Think about your home office for a moment.  Does it come with the whirl of a washing machine, the bark of a dog, or the silent beckon of perpetual snacks? 

While working at home comes with different challenges, they are not impossible to overcome!  Last time we chatted about your office space and how to build it in a way that supports your physical body.  This time, let’s “build” your office space in a way that it guards your mental space, fostering production.  

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Physical Boundaries 

One way to help guard your mental space and focus is with physical boundaries.  Physical boundaries will help subdue the washing machine whirl, quiet the dog’s bark, and lesson the beckon of snacks.  Putting these physical boundaries in place will help you concentrate on the work in front of you. We share three physical boundary ideas; however, we encourage you to think of and implement what works best for you. 

(1) If your home office is in a room with a door, close the door.  Simple! You are not being rude. You are creating a space where you are able to thrive at work.   

(2) Strongly resist any urge to snuggle up in bed with your laptop. Your bedroom is for sleeping.  If work is done in the bedroom, your sleep patterns will be disrupted. At the same token, If your home office is in your bedroom, consider moving it to a different room.    

(3) Protect your time.  Set clear begin and end times to your work day.  Once the end time rolls around, resist the urge to check email one more time.  Protecting your time helps you to find routine, to be more productive at work, and to truly enjoy your off time.    

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Final Thoughts

Your mind is sacred space.  We know some of the above ideas may involve tricky conversations with your spouse, your partner or children.  State clearly what you need, as these conversations will help establish structure for you and your household. 

Until next time,

Jordan and Bethany


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