Completing a report while sprawled out on your bed provides a level of comfort a cubicle with a stiff chair never could.
As a more buttoned-down, flexible work environment, working from home can seem like an exciting proposition for an employee offered the opportunity to telecommute every day or the aspiring entrepreneur thinking of running a business from his or her living room.
But blurring the lines between work and home can pose a number of challenges. Outside distractions such as children or laundry could stifle your focus. Or, days with a less structured schedule could turn into marathon shifts due to the constant presence of your work.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh this is going to be great,'” says Stewart Friedman, director of the Work/Life Integration Project at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and author of the upcoming book “Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family.” As Friedman points out, one of the hardest aspects is “creating boundaries at home that really keep you focused.”
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