Setting Boundaries in Your Home Office

With the creation of the personal computer and internet (last century!) the home office was born. But years later we are still struggling to separate our work-shelves with our private-shelves since the space where we work is now, also the place where we live. It’s important to create boundaries to help you manage your time and keep these two parts of your life separate. How to?

  • Wake up at the same time each day. Get dressed to project a professional attitude.
  • Have office hours. Creating rituals around the beginning and ending of your workday.
  • Schedule work during your high-energy time of day and block any interruptions during this time.
  • Schedule social networking time, so you can have some down time in your work day.
  • Clear anything that is not related to your work out of the office to avoid distractions.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on March 24, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    These are really great tips. I think I do most of these things fairly well. What’s hardest is coming back to work after lunch. I tend to either jump back in, so my break wasn’t really long enough to benefit from it, or I get caught up in personal emails, Facebook, etc., and lose track of time. But only sometimes!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      After lunch is hard for me too. I am much more efficient before I eat lunch.

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