Many individuals find that working from home allows them to achieve the perfect work-life balance. The ability to work from home, formerly reserved only for the self-employed, has now spread across a wide range of occupations, from accounting to management to real estate and beyond. Is there a way to ensure that you are as effective as possible when working from home, however, as this is what some people are concerned about? The answer is yes; many ways, in fact. Read on to find out more.
Comfortable Space Just for You
If you’re working in a corner of the living room while the kids are watching TV, it’s impossible to be productive and effective. When someone is cooking, the kitchen table is the same way. Come to think of it, any place that isn’t being utilised for its intended function is going to make working from home much harder than it needs to be.
If you want to be as productive as possible when working from home, you’ll need a private, well-lit location dedicated completely to that purpose. Ideally, you’ll have a spare room or a study at your disposal. Other options include creating a new room by dividing an existing one or even purchasing a workstation in the backyard. Just make sure it has power and light and that you’ll be comfortable working there – the addition of a good desk and high end executive chairs will help with that. You may also need to look at ways to improve your internet speed out there too.
If you wouldn’t wear your pyjamas to the office, you probably don’t want to wear them in your home office either. If you wouldn’t check Facebook at work, you shouldn’t do it at home either. Working from home is great because you don’t have to drive to and from work, and you might have more freedom, but the most successful people who work from home will work as if they were still at the office. If you act as professional as you can, you’ll be more likely to do your work (to a high standard too).
Don’t Get Distracted
Many people who do their own work at home have trouble with being distracted. Knowing that your half-finished book is just outside the door, that you could turn on the TV for a few minutes and no one would ever know, or that the fridge is full of treats and you’re suddenly hungry (even though you just ate) is an absolutely awful temptation. The internet is too. How many hours can go by when you just want to look around online for a minute while your mind resets between tasks? Before you know it, half the day has gone by, and now you have to work later than you had planned or leave your work undone for the day.
There are a lot of things you can do here, like turn off the Wi-Fi or make a list of things you need to do, but whatever you do, try it out a few times before getting used to it. Homeworkers who are productive and successful can’t afford to get side-tracked.
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