Every Monday, I share my thoughts on Working @ Home.
While I haven't read the book yet, CNN has a great article today featuring tips from the newly released Working Mom Survival Guide. I'd contend that the suggestions offered in CNN's excerpt Working from Home -- and Getting Things Done are relevant for all of us, not just moms.
The excerpt shares five common pitfalls faced by those who work @ home, and offers some great suggestions for avoiding these traps. This one has great relevance for me personally:
You may find yourself constantly checking your gadgets to stay in the loop. The problem is, that urge can spill into family time, leaving you less connected with the ones who matter most.
What to do: Take e-mail breaks. Let colleagues know that you won't be checking your inbox while you work on a project and that they can call you if something comes up.
I've been working over the past few months to carve out more "protected time" for my faith life, my family, and frankly for fun too. I still find that having my office in the heart of my home tempts me all too frequently to not keep healthy work/life boundaries. I love the fact that my commute is nil and that I can completely set my own schedule, but I do find that sometimes being my own boss means that my supervisor all too often has "issues"!
Take a look at Working from Home -- and Getting Things Done - what challenges on this list can you relate to and what would you add to the list? Also, be sure to check out Working Mom Survival Guide and find more information on the book here.