Many often dream about working from home and being location independent.
You can create your own schedule, wear pajamas (this is a huge positive, right?!), be in control, and so on.
Being able to work from home and/or be location independent can be a great thing. I know this because I’ve been working from home for a few years now and I truly love it. I’m actually typing this in my RV while traveling around the country.
However, even with that being said, there are many things a person needs to keep in mind if they want to work from home (or on the road, while traveling, etc.) and that is why I am publishing this post today about my top work from home tips.
I know several people who have tried working from home only to find that they have a hard time getting anything done. While I’m not one of those people (I LOVE working from home), I know there are certain things that may hold you back if you’re not careful.
This is why it’s important to realize that working from home doesn’t mean you are retired.
You still have work that needs to be completed and you still have to earn a living. Cutting out your commute, being able to wear your pajamas on certain days, and being your own boss all may seem like great positives, but you have to remember that you still have a job.
Here are my work from home tips and some of the many ways you can stay sane.
Stick to a work schedule.
For the first of my work from home tips, I highly recommend creating some sort of work schedule.
Even if you can have the most flexible schedule in the world, it’s usually wise to still have somewhat of a work schedule. This way you can mentally get into the “work zone” each day and have fewer distractions.
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Have a dedicated work area.
Similar to sticking to a work schedule, having a dedicated work area can help you work better due to the fact that you will be in a spot in your home that is used just for work.
This can help you separate work and life, be more organized, and get in the zone each day.
When working from home, it can be quite easy to sit in one spot ALL day long.
Unlike with going to work where you may have to walk into work, walk to someone’s desk, and so on, you may find yourself getting a lot less movement in your day when you work from home.
By exercising regularly, you can stay healthy, refresh yourself, and clear your mind.
Hire help if you need it.
Outsourcing work can help you focus more on tasks that you need to complete, find “experts” who can do certain tasks better than you (such as accounting or legal work), manage a better work-life balance, and more.
You don’t have to only hire help for your work either. You can hire help for both work and home life. This could mean finding a virtual assistant, a nanny, a housekeeper, and so on.
Cut out distractions.
While social media and TV may be great at times, you have to be careful so that it’s not impacting your work in a negative way.
Working from home means that no one is watching over your shoulder, which may lead to you being more distracted. Due to this, it’s always a good idea to cut out things such as social media, TV, and so on while you are working so that you can be more efficient with your time.
Socialize with others.
Working from home can sometimes make a person feel a little lonely. You don’t have the normal socialization that you may receive when you go into an office, which may make a person feel like they are cut off from the world.
There are still many ways to socialize with others. You could join a club, hang out with friends, call coworkers, or even work in a shared space with small business owners.
Don’t run errands for others all day long.
There’s a common myth that people who work from home don’t actually do anything all day. This sometimes leads to friends and family members asking for favors from those who work from home.
Many of my online work friends are constantly asked to babysit, run errands, and so on from others. While the occasional favor may not be so bad, of course, usually favors of those who work from home start with “I know you have nothing to do today so will you…”
If you have the time and you want to, by all means say yes to every favor. But, I believe you need to be realistic and this is one of my important work from home tips. Running errands all day for others can prevent you from completing work and it can also cost you money.
This may not apply to all work from home jobs, but for many working from home means that you may have somewhat of a flexible schedule. So, as long as you get your work done, you can most likely take any breaks that you think you deserve or need.
This is something I highly recommend everyone who works from home do.
A break can help you feel more refreshed so that you can work better. Whenever I am feeling stuck with work, I always take a break and that almost always helps.
In the end, you need to remember to have fun and this is one of my top work from home tips.
Spend more time with your family, be successful with your career choice, do things that you’ve always wanted to do, and more.
How do you stay sane and get work done when working from home? What are your top work from home tips?