Virtually all industries now have avenues for workers to work remotely.
Whatever industry you’re in, there’s bound to be some work-from-home opportunities for you to tap into.
If you choose to go down this path, you must already know the loads of perks that come with it.
Basically, you’ll be able to work at your pace, set your own rules, spend less time commuting, incur lesser expenses, and probably get more productive with your life.
However, need I remind you that with remote work situations come a few challenges, too? And one of those is the challenge of “dealing with a pet that wouldn’t let you rest or focus on the task at hand.”
If you find yourself confronted with such, what will you do to ensure your productivity isn’t inhibited?
Read on to find out!
Distract Your Pet With Something To Play With
Ever heard the saying, “a bored dog is a mischievous dog” before?
For somebody working from home, mischief can come in the form of chewed cables, video conference intrusion, workspace mess up, noise distraction, or paper/documents damage.
I know you don’t want any of that.
Luckily for you, almost all pets like to play.
If you give little matty something to play with, he won’t come to pawn at your feet when you’re on a video call.
Don’t know what to distract your pet with? Feel free to use ropes, bones, toys, or anything else you think your pet likes to play with!
To begin with, if you know you can’t make time for your pet, then you shouldn’t get a pet at all.
Like it or not, all pets will demand a playtime, as this is the only way they get to release some of their pent-up energies. If you deny them the opportunity to go out and play, they’ll come and disturb you wherever you are.
With so many tasks at hand, I’m sure you can’t allow that to happen.
Therefore, you need to have designated ‘playtime.’ This can be specific time periods in the day where you get to feed them, exercise them, walk them, and bond with them.
Separate Your Workspace
You’ll be making a terrible mistake if you think you can always chase your pet away from a readily accessible workspace.
The best way to ensure neither your pets nor anyone else in the house interrupts your work session is to create a dedicated workspace separated from the rest of the house.
This can be a separate room, a demarcated corner in your corridor, or a secluded space in the house.
By and large, any area you’re choosing should not only be inaccessible to your pets, but it should also boast soundproof features to prevent against unwanted barking and growling.
Keep Workspace Sounds To A Minimum
Another reason why you need a soundproofed workspace area is so that you can prevent work noises from getting out. Telephone ringtones, desktop beeps, gadget vibrations, and other forms of noise can sometimes make your pet nervous.
When this happens, your pet might go berserk on you and respond with a never-ending barking or growling cycle.
As much as you want to keep them away from your work area, you also don’t want to be the reason they go crazy when speaking to a colleague on the phone.
Get all the necessary workspace accessories before allowing pets inside your work area.
It’s not uncommon to see pet owners wanting to have their pets close to them while working. This is most common with owners of kitties and dogs like Mini f1 Goldendoodles (those breeds are too cute to ignore).
If you’re one such person, feel free to bring your kitty or pup into your work area.
However, before you do, ensure you’ve gotten all the necessary workspace accessories needed to protect your gadgets and documents.
For example, accessories like hard keyboard cover ensure that pet paws don’t damage the keyboard, and pet hairs don’t creep into keyboard crevices.
Ensure Your Pet Is Healthy At All Times
Caring for a sick pet is just the same as caring for a sick child.
Can you imagine yourself focusing 100% on your work when you have a kid in the room lying in pain?
In the same vein, if you have a pup or a kitty that’s suffering from one disease or another, it can be hard staying focused on your job.
Therefore, you need to stay up-to-date on your pet’s vaccinations and vet checkups.
Even if he’s showing no signs of falling sick, you should still visit the vet occasionally.