Anyone who has ever had to work in a downtown office knows the struggles of commuting and working in an environment which isn’t necessarily inspiring. This is the reason why so many people choose to work from home. It saves them time and money, and allows them the comfort of working in an environment they know and love. On the other hand, balancing work with free time can be challenging, and we offer you a few simple tips to help you stay productive while working from home.
While working from the comfort of your own bed may sound like a wonderful idea at first, you would soon grow bored with it, not to mention you’d get distracted by everything in your bedroom (or you might bother your partner who is trying to sleep). You take your job seriously and you should approach it the same way – you need your own space to work. If you live in a small apartment and don’t have the extra room to turn into an office, claim a part of your kitchen table and ‘turn’ it into an office by bringing work-related things: post-it notes, books, and your plans. By having a space to work you will concentrate better and get into ‘work mode’ with ease. But be sure to isolate yourself from the noise and choose quality timber doors to cut down the loud noises coming from the outside.
You will be more likely to get distracted in your own home than you would be in an office so take precautions and minimize distractions. Don’t spend hours creating the perfect ‘work playlist’ – instead, you should pick a nice station, album, or artist, and leave it at that. Experiment, find music that makes you productive and stick to it. Keep your pets away from your keyboard and tell your friends you’ll call them when you finish working – it’s a responsible thing to do.
People who work from home are usually crafty and have their own workshops or they work a computer-related job like marketing or programming. Whatever it is that you do, make sure you stay safe and healthy. If you are making jewelry, keep sharp objects safely tucked away from reach in case your children wander in, and keep your materials in labeled boxes. For those who work as website developers, bloggers, or programmers and spend long hours sitting in front of a computer it’s of utmost importance to keep their back and eyes safe. Browse for comfortable adjustable desks which will ease your back pain and allow you to get into a comfortable position while you’re working.
As more and more people choose to work from home, you will inevitably find yourself in a conversation with a person who does a similar job from home. While exchanging experiences with colleagues is beneficial for both parties, you can end up asking yourself: am I working hard enough? Productivity means different things to different people, and what some consider a productive day other might label as ‘wasted’. This may lead to you losing confidence and pushing yourself to work harder. Finding motivation and a reason to keep improving is great, but you shouldn’t compare yourself to others because people are different and have different criteria. Relax and do your thing – keep working at a pace you like.
While it may be difficult to concentrate solely on work, when you manage to concentrate better on your job you will have much more free time to spend on things you find relaxing: movie nights with your friends, picnics with family, and dates with your significant other.