Working from home is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, people who work from home can eat their own food, lay in bed, and do whatever they want. On the other hand, it’s hard to stay focused without leaving the house. This guide will help at-home business owners and workers find motivation and stay on task.
- Create A Work Schedule
When working from home, it is easy to step in and out of work. Make a work schedule and stick to it. The ordinary job follows the 9 to 5 schedule, so if that schedule works, do it. Otherwise, come up with a set amount of time, hours, and days to work and follow through. People working from home should create a schedule that works for them. If they have to drop the kids off at school at 8 and pick them up at 3, they should work from 9 to 2. This will help work at homers feel like they’re working, even from the comfort of their own home.
2. Find a Suitable Workspace
Don’t do work in bed. Set up an office area, or get settled in a place that is comfortable, but not too comfortable. The workplace should fit the personality of the worker, but it should still feel like workspace. This will help business owners get in the right headspace to get their work done.
3. Reduce Distractions
Turn off that smartphone. Step away from the TV. Eat at regularly scheduled times. The focus should be on doing the work, whether it be making jewelry, art, or apparel. If watching TV or playing games on a phone feels like a necessity, schedule a break for it. Don’t let it interrupt work.
Distractions can come in the form of people, too. Family and friends can be major culprits in this. People who work from home should let their family know that they should not be bothered unless it is an emergency. They should respect at home work just as well as they respect office work.
4. Create Goals
Create daily, monthly, and weekly goals. This will help business owners stay on track and finish the work they set out to do. If a goal is finished early, great. Take some time off or create new ones.
Once people who work from home get used to their goals, they’ll understand how long each one takes and the goals can then cater to their schedule.
5. Take Breaks
Breaks are essential for every job. Work should not consume a person’s life. Working from home does not mean that work is everything. Take an hour long lunch break. Instead of working during this time, enjoy lunch and a good book. Take a 5-10 minute break every hour, too. This will help reduce stress and make working from home more enjoyable.