High-Functioning Autism and Working From Home

Working from home has become much easier these days with high-speed internet and reliable phone service being readily available almost everywhere. That being said, there are several things to consider when setting up an office space in your own house that will make sure you are able to work productively without distractions or too many interruptions from family members or significant others who simply don’t understand why “going into work” means staying holed up in the spare bedroom for hours on end, which doesn’t sound so bad if you’re on the spectrum like me! ADHD and OCPD here we go!

You don’t have to work from a home office to benefit from a bit of space that you can call your own. A spare bedroom, a corner of the dining room, or even a part of the laundry room will do nicely. Having an area for yourself where you can get away from distractions and focus on what needs to be done is vital for staying productive at home. If you already have an office in your home but are not getting any work done there, try giving these tips a try:

1) Get Rid of Distractions

To stay focused on whatever task is at hand, the surrounding area needs to be distraction-free. This means removing all family photos and knickknacks that might draw your attention away from what you need to accomplish. If this is not doable, try covering the distracting items with an attractive piece of fabric or creating a “do not disturb” sign for your eye level.

2) Buy Yourself Some Focal Points

One of the biggest reasons people can’t focus on their work is that there are too many distractions in the background. When working at home, it can be tempting to spend time folding laundry or watching television instead of doing what needs to be done by way of work. To prevent this, make sure that plenty of things around you will act as focal points and help you concentrate on your work by drawing your immediate attention. Try adding some houseplants, fresh flowers, or other decorative items to the area where you will be working.

3) Add Some Privacy

One of the best ways to make sure you stay productive when working at home is by adding some privacy to your new space. Having an office that is also used as a guest room or playroom might lead to unwanted distractions. All you need to achieve this on a budget are simple white floating shelves on either side of the work area, and voila! Instant partitions create some much-needed privacy without taking up too much space or money. Even better? Use curtains instead of shelves so you can close them when necessary.

4) Light It Up

To keep your mind fresh and alert while working, it is essential to make sure your office is well lit and has plenty of ventilation. If working in a poorly lit area will cause you to feel tired and unfocused, try adding more lighting or opening a window to let in some fresh air.

5) Create Comfortable Working Spaces

Another way to improve the quality of work done at home is by ensuring that wherever you set up shop is as comfortable as possible. It can be tempting to sit on the couch with your laptop while watching television, but if this isn’t conducive to working, don’t do it! Get yourself an ergonomic desk chair or find another place where you can work comfortably without feeling restless and tired. Please make sure there are enough electrical outlets nearby, not constantly to move the cord around every time you need it.

These are just a few ways that can help enhance your home office experience. After my failed suicide due to autistic burnout, and a just over a year getting used to my new reality, these steps worked for me. Once you have all the necessary tools for creating the perfect environment, it will be easy to stay productive whenever you set up shop at home!

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