How to Create Boundaries with Family While Working from Home

Working from home is a dream come true for most people, allowing them the flexibility and convenience to earn money on their own terms. As more people continue to look for ways to work from home, many are turning their focus to the Arise® Platform. The virtual platform allows people like you to earn extra income, on a flexible basis, by providing customer support for Fortune 500 companies.

Once you begin working from home though, it’s important to keep an eye out for challenges that may come up when you’re living and working under the same roof. One of the toughest obstacles is creating and maintaining boundaries with family while working.

Not sure how to create a distraction-free zone? Here are four manageable steps to take right now.

Step 1: Have an honest conversation

Whether you live with family, a significant other, and/or children, now is the time to engage in an honest conversation about boundaries while you work from home. Discuss what you need (a secluded space, quiet hours), as well as how your family can help ease your transition into working from home.

Step 2: Set ground rules

Does your teenager blast music while you’re working? Does your partner have a tendency to distract you during the day? Make sure to set ground rules from the start.

Be specific when it comes to the behavior you expect from those in your household while you work from home. Request that anyone who’s in the house while you’re working be as respectful as possible. Not to worry though: They can still enjoy music or television during the day without distracting you! Headphones should do the trick.

Step 3: Compromise

Working from home is definitely an adjustment for both you and those around you. Instead of locking yourself in a room all day while you’re working, make sure you take a few coffee breaks or enjoy lunch with family and friends. This way they’ll feel connected and you’ll get some much-needed, real-life social time as you work from home.

And, since you may have family or friends who aren’t working from home –  or working at all, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with them not wanting to adhere to your work-from-home schedule. If your significant other prefers to sleep in on a Wednesday morning, consider moving your workspace to a different area of the home instead of forcing them to wake up. Alternatively, if everyone in your home is either working from home or completing online school, consider dividing the total space into specific office areas, with the kitchen and living room serving as pseudo “breakrooms.”

When you use the Arise® Platform, you are your own boss, which means you set your schedule and earn money, all on your terms. You never have to ask for permission to take a break. You’re in complete control of your work-from-home schedule.

Step 4: Flexibility is key

Sometimes accidents happen. It’s OK if a family member distracts you for a few minutes. The Arise® Platform allows you to take charge of your schedule and work when it’s most convenient for you.

Try your best to remain as focused as possible when you’re working from home. However, take comfort in knowing that there is no perfect solution to remaining completely distraction-free with others, especially children. Taking breaks is a necessary part of productivity. Instead of viewing family or friends as unwanted distractions, use them as a way to destress, clear your head, and avoid burnout while working from home.

Ready to Work on Your Own Terms?

The Arise® Platform connects you with the technology and support that allows you to do the work you want to do – on your terms. No office, no boss, your schedule.

Set your own hours and enjoy a flexible schedule while working from home with Arise. You’ll provide inbound support, customer service, or technical support for brands you know and love through a virtual platform. Arise provides the clients, your company provides the service.

Sign up to use the Arise Platform today and you’ll be working from home in no time!