WAHM Tips: Excuse me, I’m trying to work!
Every week we bring you a tip to help ease the stress of working from home. It may be a technique for getting things done, avoiding interruptions or just getting through the day with your sanity intact.
This week we deal with interruptions ~
Ask any Work At Home Mum (WAHM) to name their biggest stress and you’ll invariably get: “constant interruptions from family and friends who don’t understand what I’m trying to do.”
When I first started working from home, my family and friends just didn't get that I was working. They seemed to think that because I was at home, I was available to them. I really needed to put boundaries in place early on.
My tip is to use the ‘Not Now but When’ technique – Don’t even start a conversation with them.
On opening the door say “This is a bad time, but I’ll be free after 6, see you then” or “Can’t talk now, but let’s do lunch, I’ll come to you at 12.30”
I have a friend who makes wedding invitations. When she has a large order in she can be working around the clock, but this doesn't seem to stop her family and friends from just popping in for a coffee and a chat.
She made a sign for the door that says "You can make your own coffee and talk to me while I get this order finished, but I won't be stopping to entertain you - AS I'M WORKING!!". I think they've got the message 🙂
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