Working at home might sound like a breeze to some, but for those of you who are full-time out of house professionals, you know it’s far from it. Working at home takes some serious commitment and with these seven tips, we’ll help make working at home, work for you.
Start Your Day
Some people think working at home means you roll out of bed at any time of day, walk to your computer with bedhead and pjs, and start hammering away. We say nay. Even though you’re working at home, make it a habit to set your alarm and start your day at a designated time. Treat your job like any other job that you need to get out of the house for. If the thought of a pesky ear-splitting alarm gives you a headache, pick a song you wouldn’t mind hearing on the daily and set it as your alarm sound. It’s a much more pleasant wakeup call and will put you in the right frame of mind to start the day.
Use your time to virtually network with people you want to work with in the future
Although one of the perks of working at home means you can very well wear your pajamas to work, we would like to argue against it. To effectively work from home, you need to feel sharp and ready to go. As comfy as they are, change out of those jammies and dress for the productive day ahead of you.
Create a List
At the start of each week, make a list of items you need to accomplish. You might have the best memory known to man, but sometimes, just writing things down creates a sense of urgency while simultaneously giving us something concrete to look at. Not to mention, crossing an item off of a physical list is much more satisfying than mentally checking off a task in your head.
For you workaholics out there, we know working from home means making a sandwich and eating while you work. If you have a deadline or something that is severely pressing, eating while you work is sometimes necessary. But if the task at hand can wait, take a lunch break. Whether you go out for lunch or make a nice sit-down meal at home, step away from your computer, forget work for a bit, and enjoy that scrumptious slice of margherita pizza you have in front of you.
Working out of your house means the majority of your time may be spent alone and indoors. Use this time to network. Since you are working from your computer anyways, virtually network with people you want to work with. Whether it’s with other bloggers, potential sponsors, or possible business partners, send out emails to people you want to collaborate with. While you’re at it, try and set up an in-person meeting. Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you can’t go out into the world—in fact, it probably means that you should go out more. Don’t be confined to your house and make an effort to connect and interact with people in real life as much as you do online.
One of the best perks of working at home is having everything you need for work in your house. One of the cons of working at home is…well, having everything you need for work in your house. Because you have everything readily available, it’s easy to blur the lines between work life and home life. Set designated work hours so you know when to start your day, and sometimes more importantly, when to end your day.
Take a Vacay
Working out of your house doesn’t mean you’re any less stressed than other people. At times, people who work out of house feel the need to justify themselves to others by pushing themselves 24/7. This is why taking a vacation is so important. Just like people who work out of an office have vacation time, make sure to take some time off from your job. Whether you plan a cross-country trip, take a staycation, or just mush out at home, make genuine time to decompress and de-stress. After your much needed vacation, you’ll be re-energized and ready to take on the world when you get back.
Working at home is far from easy. It takes discipline, a strong work ethic, and a whole lot of energy and dedication to do what you do. Always work hard, but also know when to take some time for yourself.