It Sounds Great in Theory
Many people dream about being able to work at home. They imagine themselves in their immaculate home office zipping through tasks while sipping a cappuccino (or herbal tea), savoring their new unparalleled efficiency.
After all, compared to the standard office, a home office is an oasis, and who wouldn‘t get more done if they didn’t have to work surrounded by noise and constant interruption, and have to waste time attending useless meetings?
The good news is that the number of meetings a person who works at home has to attend goes way down. The bad news is that there are still plenty of distractions and time wasters to contend with when you work at home.
Work Life vs Family Life
60% of respondents reported that children or family demanding attention was the number one issue when working at home. If you have a family it is important to let them know when you are working and therefore unavailable.
Having a fully equipped office in a separate room in the house (so you can shut the door when necessary) is vital.
Difficulty concentrating on work issues was the second biggest problem, reported by 45% of those surveyed. Concentration killers include everything from noise from family or neighborhood activities to just observing that beautiful view of your backyard from your home office window.
Business Phone Interruptions （40%）
Lack of Office Equipment（33%）
Household Noise （30%）
Access to Documents（25%）
Lack of a proper work surfaces was reported by 25% of those surveyed, and bad posture was reported by 23%. Neither of these should be an issue with a properly equipped home office. Without a proper desk and decent office chair your back, neck and shoulders will eventually suffer.
Don't Take the Work Out of Working From Home
The results of the survey are self evident: if you're going to work at home, rather than just be at home, you need to create an environment that will allow you to operate in a businesslike manner. This includes having a properly equipped home office and organizing your work schedule in ways that will discourage others from interrupting you and keep you motivated when you're working at home.