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4 Ways to Avoid Home Office Stress


A few months ago, a friend of mine who has worked from home for years considered renting outside space. The fact that he didn’t have a daily commute didn’t outweigh the stress he felt every day.

When he finally made a list of his home office frustrations and realized he could fix them, he decided against renting outside space and stayed home. His family and his wallet were happy with his decision.

Working from home can be challenging and filled with stress. The key to reducing home office stress is to identify any issues you may have and then change what isn’t working. Start by avoiding these four stress-filled challenges.

Getting sidetracked by personal tasks.

It’s easy to throw in a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, vacuum the family room and take care of anything other than the projects that need your attention and can improve your bottom line. There’s nothing wrong with handling personal tasks, but schedule them before you go to your home office in the morning or at the end of the day. A short personal task may turn into a long list of tasks that take you away from your business all day.

Committing to more projects than you can realistically accomplish.

When a client wants you to handle one more task or take on one more project, figure out how much time the new task or project is going to take and how much time it will take away from your personal life and family. A good way to respond to a client is to let him or her know that you would like to help, but you won’t be able to give the project or task the time and attention it deserves.

Renewing every print subscription you have.

Before you renew another subscription to a magazine you haven’t read in over a year, decide whether it would be better to subscribe online or get the information you need online. There are thousands of websites that provide detailed articles about any subject you can imagine. You’ll be able to get the news and information you want, when you want it.

Letting clients set your schedule.

One of the most powerful words you can learn to use is “no.” Whether you have clients who wait until the evening to call you when they could call you during the day, or other clients who continue to ask for “one more thing” and an unrealistic deadline, you need to be able to call the shots. Your clients deserve quality customer service, but that doesn’t mean you have to meet their (sometimes unrealistic) demands at the risk of being stressed day and night.

Working from home may always be challenging, but conquering stress doesn’t have to be one of those challenges.

What do you avoid doing so you can reduce your stress level?

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