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Blogging 101 | Tips to Set Boundaries with Family when You Work From Home

July 16, 2019

When you start working from home it’s all about learning a different way of life. Not only are you within the house that you call home all day and all night, but you now have to figure out how to balance work as well as life all under the same roof. This can be quite a difficult challenge in the beginning but you can succeed with setting boundaries during your work from home hours.

Today I’m going to share some tips that will help you get family to be more respectful of your work from home hours. These tips will help you become more productive with all of your work from home tasks.

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Create a Space

Many people who work from home don’t have the luxury of a home office, so if you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily have a full office to use for your work from home duties, you can simply create a dedicated space for working hours. This space could be a corner in your bedroom, the living room or some other place in the home free of distractions.

Your work from home space should be set up in a way that inspires you to get work done, such as inspirational wall art or a house plant nearby to help keep your mind in a positive, relaxed state during your work from home hours.

Set Office Hours

Just like when you venture outside of the home to get work done, you have hours that you must work. Whether it’s 9 am to 5 pm or 5 pm to 12 am, it doesn’t really matter. The key point here is that you need to establish office hours so that your family understands that during those times of each day you’re getting work done. It’s important to have office hours to set some boundaries with family when you work from home as well as to keep yourself on track with work from home job requirements.

Schedule Breaks

When it comes to working from home many people forget to squeeze break times in. It’s good to schedule a lunch break and at least two 15 minute breaks during your work from home office hours. These breaks will not only give you a chance to decompress from the busy workload, but it will allow your family to have some time in between your office hours to update you on anything that’s going on in the house, with other family members, or simply to have a little bit of quality time with you.

These are just a few basic ways to set boundaries with family when you work from home. When you first start to establish these boundaries it’s going to be a learning process for your entire family. It’s best to figure out what you’re going to do for work from home hours, and to establish your own plan for a work from home schedule and then sit down with family to let them know what you expect during your office hours so that they can accommodate you and not disturb your work in progress.

  • Hayley July 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I found it really good to have a proper desk when I was working from home, that was a big help.

  • Angela Milnes July 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    These are good tips. We often take breaks when working to do little physical tasks like dishes/ laundry etc and it is a good break I tend to do most of my set work in the evenings.

  • Rebecca Smith July 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    It is so important to have boundaries – I do struggle when working from home with my family.

  • Valerie July 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    My desk is in the living room so it’s decorated like the living room. I don’t really have a problem with family not acknowledging work time, rather outsiders but I just ignore it after all these years..

  • Rhian Westbury July 16, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t work from home full time, only part time but even then know how frustrating it can be with family and working from home so boundaries are definitely a must. Great tips.

  • Kara July 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Great tips, I always end up doing more when working from home than I do at work

  • Kirsty July 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    These are some really good tips. I only do my blog part time but struggle due to Mia wanting to know what I am doing so having a set space is a good idea

  • Charli Bruce July 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I really enjoyed this post and you had some great tips! I’ve been really worried about the Summer Holidays coming up and how I am going to get anything done as my Stepchildren are staying for a little while during them and they are younger than my teenager who just stays out of my way – So these tips will come in handy. Luckily I already have an office so I can lock myself away x

  • Lee-Anne Weise April 24, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Great post! I am quarantining alone, but some many of my friends and family are finding it difficult

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