3 Ways To Keep Your Home Life Separate From Work

Posted on: September 15, 2020 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage September 25, 2020

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Many of you are probably finding yourself working from home in light of our current pandemic. While it does have many rewards – such as saving on commuting costs or childcare expenses – it definitely has its downfalls too.

You may find yourself constantly struggling to get your work done while also dealing with home life issues, like loud children or messy pets. We put together a few methods to set up your work-from-home situation so you can stay organized and, most importantly, productive.

The Separation Method

Keep your work life separate from your home life, just as you would during a pre-COVID era. If you do not have a home office that you can work out of, find a suitable place in your home where you can set up a mini-office.

If you have the space to set up a small desk in the corner of your living room or bedroom, do it! If not, simply designate one area of your kitchen table to be your new “office”. Keep all your items away from where you typically sit for meals so you establish your work station from where you eat.

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The Alternation Method

Don’t have enough space to keep your office area separate from home life? Not a problem! We recommend buying a large storage box where you can place your work items outside of business hours so they’re out of the way. Best of all, you’ll have everything you need in a simple box so you can easily recreate your new “office” space again and again.

If you’re going this route, we definitely recommend making sure you always put away your office items once you stop working to prevent anything from happening to important documents or expensive equipment.

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The Cohabitation Method

This method, which cohabitates your work station with your home life, is probably the easiest to maintain, especially if your living spaces are quite tight.

Make use of every possible area in your home depending on the type of work you’re doing. Reading an important document? Print it out and read it on the couch. Need to type of an urgent proposal? Place your laptop on the kitchen table and type away. Have a phone call with a big investor? Go into your bedroom and shut the door so you don’t have any distractions.

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Alternatively: The Not-At-Home Method

If none of the above options work for you and you’re constantly struggling to adapt to working from home, try working outside the home.

Option 1. Rent a single-person office. You’ll create the illusion of going to work and stay free of distractions without worrying about catching COVID from coworkers. Looking for office spaces? Call us at 866-483-3455 to find small office spaces near you!

Option 2. Make use of free areas. This could be taking your laptop to Starbucks or going for a walk while you take a quick phone call. If you’re struggling with your children, try taking them to the pool or nearby park while you ready over some documents.

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How are you staying productive and working from home right now? Share any tips with us on social media! We’re on Instagram & Facebook: @LighthouseUnits.

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