Working from home is a mixed bag of good and bad. The freedom it loans us is glorious, especially when we write our own schedule. However, the draw of distraction when the boss isn’t going to walk in at any minute is overwhelming. People who successfully work from home have figured out a few ways to make it work, especially as the amount of home workers continues to rise. Find out their secrets and use a few to start your own work-from-home venture.
Get Out of the Cave
When you work from home, your home turns into your cave. You can find yourself working non-stop, never giving yourself a real break. In the beginning, you imagine yourself taking glorious breaks outside every hour. The reality quickly becomes a constant working schedule. Force yourself to get out of the house, take a break, and structure projects for that life/work balance you’ve always wanted.
It’s not a good idea to stay in pajamas all day, even though you can. There’s something about getting dressed that makes us feel ready for our day. Make it part of the schedule and you’ll find that you transition easier from bed to work mode. Besides, you want to be ready for impromptu video chats, if a client requests it. Even though you’re working from home, you’ll want to switch the brain between home and work.
Be Careful About Wandering
Cyber-wandering is a term coined by the work-at-home set. While you’re sitting there, filling out surveys or completing other work-at-home projects, it’s easy to get distracted. Stay focused and promise yourself you’ll look up that awesome new television show after your work day is over. This takes practice, but it is possible with enough determination. You’ve worked hard to stay at home, don’t ruin it by losing money to your wandering browser.
It’s easy to completely devote yourself to a project, but you must stay balanced. Create a schedule where you get breaks, you take walks, and you get away from the computer. Balance your physical and mental health with your need to make money. Make time for family. Socialize with friends. If you feel yourself losing concentration too often, give yourself permission to take a break. Remember that work productivity improves when a person balances him or herself between work and life. Work hard, but play just as hard, and you’ll have better overall productivity in the end.