Home-based Business Organizing Tip #6: Mastering the Art of the Shared Space

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Sooo, grasshopper… you want to know what it takes to stay organized while sharing your domain with a not-so-worthy ally?  Discovering that your spouse, roommate, children, or business partner is a double-agent… they may be for you and against you at the same time?  I see your elephant foe has managed to cause discord in your relationships as well.  Wisdom teaches that “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  My my, what ever will you do?  If you so choose to accept the challenge set before you, you’ll need six key tips to stake claim of your victory and obtain harmony among the brethren:

  1. Set and post a business schedule or sign by the room you’ll be working in.  Choose the time of day when it is most quiet.
  2. Remove distractions during business hours.  This includes your family, friends, the pets, your personal phone, television, etc.  Explain to your loved-ones how important the business is to you and them.  Tell them specifically what they can do to offer their cooperation and support.
  3. When sharing a space with a roommate or business partner, work together to develop a system of organization and maintenance plan that will provide a happy medium for everyone.  Refer back to the previous organizing tips to assist you.
  4. Zone off an area or areas within a shared space in order to create a personal barrier specifically for your business.
  5. Label, label, label!  Label your business items to inform others that they are off limits.
  6. Stay disciplined and committed!  Don’t rob yourself of the time needed to complete each task you have throughout your business day for the sake of hanging out with friends… {clearing my throat} and, yes, this includes online, too.  Never compromise quality work!  Clients/customers notice those things.  Stay on you’re A-game.  You’ll appreciate it much more in the end… and so will your friends when you pick up the tab at the next hangout from that fat check you earned.  Uh, huh!  So discipline and commitment sounds preeeetty good right about now.  Totally worth the sacrifice.

Now that you have the tools you need to overcome the unrest in your territory, go forth, my pupil.  Go forth, peaceably and enjoy the fruits of your labor… together.

– Sy

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