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There are many conveniences to working out of a home office; but there can also be many distractions. Take your telephone, for example. It is our lifeline to the outside world and these days it is a necessity. But it can also be your most major distraction when you're working in a home office. Make sure you have a separate line and only answer that one during office hours.

So what do you do with your personal phone during office hours?  Here are few tips to handle personal calls and calls in general are:

  • Let your friends and family know what your working hours are and ask them not to call during those hours. If they do call, tell them you are working and will call them back later.
  • Turn on your answer machine while you are working. Check your messages during breaks and return the calls ASAP.
  • It's a bit more expensive but you could secure an answering service to give a more personal response to callers and take messages.
  • To save time on the phone group calls. Set up a block of time to make all your phone calls.
  • If possible, consider leaving and receiving messages instead of always making direct contact. This is a great way to eliminate all the time that is wasted playing phone tag.
  • Use fax or email as one of your main means of correspondence. It often shortens lengthy calls and can reduce errands. (Email must also be managed or it will take up too much time in your day. Resolve to check it only twice a day. To help keep your resolve, turn off the sound of new emails coming in.
  • Tell family members they may call your office phone in the event of an emergency. · Let everyone know that you will return their calls the day they are left or ASAP.

You know best how things work around your office. These are just a few tips; use whatever you feel will save you the most time.

Next week we'll cover how household duties can be distractions. Have a great now that you're phone is under control!

posted on: 4/22/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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