As ideal as it seems to work from home, it’s not always the ideal situation. When you go into work every single day, it may seem like a drag, but by going into the office, you’re setting aside eight hours to work every single day. When you work from home, it’s a lot harder to set that time aside. Your home is filled with distractions and other things that need to be done, and it’s easy to put your work on the back burner. In order to successfully work from home, you have to take a few extra steps.
Have a designated work space
You don’t have to necessarily have a home office, although it helps. All you really need, is a space that is designated for you to work in. Whether that’s a certain seat at your kitchen table, a desk in your bedroom, or a corner of the living room, you need a designated work space. Ideally, away from distractions. Try and pick a spot that isn’t near a tv or anything else that could pull your attention away. Keep your work space clear of anything that isn’t actually work related. At the same time, try not to bring your work around the house with you. This helps you stick to your designated work space whenever it is time to work, and it will help keep you focused to be in this space and only this space when it is time to work.
Eliminate excess noise
If you have kids running around, noise is inevitable. Even if you don’t have kids running around, your house is bound to have noises reverberating throughout the walls during the day. In order to better focus on your work, you need to either eliminate these sources of noise or cover up those noises with something else. That might mean doing some odd jobs and home repair like this. Often, the easiest way to do this, is to listen to music or some sort of white noise while you work. Whatever helps you concentrate, but doesn’t put you to sleep (which can be a common problem when working from home). Getting yourself a nice pair of noise cancelling headphones can certainly do the trick if you’d rather listen to silence, but your home is far from the silence you need.
Block out time for work
One of the pitfalls of working from home, is thinking you have lots of time to get your work done. In reality, yes, you have quite a bit of time that you can get your work done. But with all of the distractions of home, that time quickly slips away from you and suddenly you’re getting ready for bed and you got barely an hours worth of work done during the day. And you promise to yourself that you’ll make up for it tomorrow, but you know inside that really, that won’t happen. Because you already struggle to get enough work done each day! So set aside time to work every single day. Setting a schedule and structuring time is one of the best ways to be successful when you are in charge of your own time management. If that means working whenever your child is napping, then do that, and work every single time your child is napping. If that means heading to your local coffee shop after lunch for a few hours a day to work, do that! But it’s important that you structure and plan time to work every single day, and then stick to it. And make sure you block out adequate time. You know better than anyone how long it will take you to get a work project done, so plan for the amount of time you’ll need, and don’t sell yourself short.
Set goals for yourself
When you’re working from home, it’s easy to forget the deadlines and pressure that your work and work ethic is regularly under. Whether you work for yourself or not, set goals and deadlines for yourself. This helps you stick to your weekly schedule and also keeps you accountable, so your projects don’t go undone and so you get your work turned in on time.