Working at home often means working around children, spouses, roommates, family, or even pets, and that means: interruptions!
Even those who live alone are not exempt. Little things called cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, email, or your favorite TV show can cause interruptions.
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EXPECT to be interrupted. ACCEPT being interrupted.
That is advice given to us by Samantha Howard of Bobaloo! Samantha is a work-at-home mom whose shop was named one of Babble.com's 50 best Etsy shops for babies. I interviewed Samantha last year as part of my Making it Work series, and asked:
What one piece of advice would you give to a mother who wants to start her own business, and work at home?
Samantha: Anticipate being interrupted often, and just accept it as part of running your business from home. I know when I set deadlines for myself, like cut 20 bibs before dinner, I get twice as stressed when one of my kids needs something from me. If I just plan to get as much done as I reasonably can, it leaves me the option of joining in the Yo Gabba Gabba dance party reasonably guilt-free.
You can read the entire interview from the Making it Work series with Samantha here.
I know from my own personal experience that it is a lot less frustrating when expectations are low. Especially when I am the only adult home with the kids, I plan on getting very little accomplished, and that is something I've learned to accept.
If you live in an environment with frequent interruptions, it may be necessary to expect to be interrupted. Plan ahead. Leave the house to do urgent work, if necessary. Accept your situation, and adjust your work load accordingly.