six tips to consider when you’re working from home
Earlier this year I shared with you how I benefitted from having my own dedicated workspace. If you have checked that out click here to do so. With the same sentiments shared in that post, I’m going to sharing with you some tips when working from home. It’s great to be able to work from home whether you’re running your own business or teleworking but it gets very lonely. It’s also hard to stay on track because you’re easily distracted.
list your daily tasks
This can be done the night before or the first thing in the morning before you get started with your workday. It can be your daily work tasks or personal tasks as long as it’s something you’ll like to accomplish for that day. It can be challenging to keep up with your daily tasks when working from home because you don’t have someone breathing down your neck.
And because it’s easy to lose sight of your daily responsibilities that is why it helps if you write down all the things that need to get done for the day. If you have lengthy tasks try to break them down into categories or set goals and time limits for each. Crossing things off your daily to-do list can be effective and a fulfilling feeling.
Yes, we all love the idea of getting out of the bed still in PJs and get started with work. It works great on some days but for a more productive workday, it’s best if you get dressed. Wake up, shower and get ready like you would if you had a corporate job to go to but you can skip the makeup.
create a comfortable work space
This can be a separate room or corner in your house/apartment. It’s also a good idea to invest in making yourself more comfortable, after all, you’ll be working in that space every day. If you have a chair that just isn’t cutting it and giving you back problems it’s time to switch to one that will be more suitable for you and your space.
Depending on the type of business you have you might need to also make space for bookshelves, storage units, extra plugs and special lighting. If you have the space for it you can also invest in a large desk as well. Keep in mind that since you’ll be working in this new space every day it’s and investment in YOU. So you’ll want to make sure that you have comfortable and functional furniture and the equipment if needed.
have set working hours
If you’re a designer or any business owner that offers online services make sure you set your office hours for your clients and also for yourself. The beauty of working from home is that you can be flexible with your hours and take longer breaks. For example, you may choose to work from 9-3 each day and on Fridays end at 12.
Whatever schedule you set be sure you stick to it and your clients respect it as well. Don’t keep doing work for your clients outside of your business hours because they will expect you to keep doing so and slowly take advantage of you. If any surprise arises in your schedule don’t forget to communicate with your clients or your staff if you’re working with one or a few.
stay away from the tv & social media
Don’t treat yourself working from home as a constant “day off” where you spend most of your time on the couch watching Netflix. You get less work done when you’re working in front of the TV because you’ll always be distracted. It’s ok to this once in a while but making this a habit won’t get you far. Treat your workday as such, so avoid watching TV and other distractions such as Instagram and Facebook.
This way you can 100% focus on the task at hand and getting things done. If you use the TV for some background noise it’s best to have a song playlist where you can listen to music instead. You can use Spotify, Apple Music whichever you prefer. Listening to music also helps boost your productivity levels and enhance your creativity.
enjoy your benefits
All work and no fun is so dull. Working from home means you’re not confined to your office cubical for 8+ hrs with a lunch break. Take breaks to places you won’t be able to go if you working your corporate job. That can be going for a walk or swim, watching an episode or two of your current favorite show or going in the kitchen and preparing your lunch. Whatever it is you like doing take a break to do so. Also, don’t forget to take the occasional 10-minute breaks throughout your day as well.
Until next time