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Pros and cons of working from home

Jul 26 2012 09:58

Before making arrangements to work from home, however, people should make sure they have certain basics, including a room to work in and a good desk chair.

Life coaches and other counsellors who assist freelancers in managing their time say loss of motivation is the most obvious problem affecting people who work from home.

"You have to ask how you can discipline yourself," said Wahl, who runs a coaching agency in Germany. A fixed structure for the day can help people who are undisciplined and lack motivation.

"The setting of boundaries doesn't happen on its own any longer. You have to actively set them," she said.

Not everyone has a room available to convert to a home office. If that is the case, clear communication with one's partner and family members becomes all the more important.

Even when you have to sit at a desk in the middle of the living room, the rest of the family must consider it work, said Esther Kimmel, a career coach in Berlin.

Discipline is not the only factor that determines how well someone gets along working from home. People who are very social need to build bridges, said Wahl. Otherwise, they could become lonesome.

The same goes for people who need assurance about their work before they can continue. They can exchange ideas with like-minded people in a professional organisation.

"Many people who work from home have the feeling that they never are able to completely switch off," Kimmel said. There are a number of little tricks that can help avoid being overworked.

The experts also have a tip for people who have just started working from home: at the beginning it's helpful to keep a diary.

"It can be used to reflect when and how you worked best and what the conditions were," said Grote. "That's how I find a good way of working for myself." 

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