An increasing number of people decide to chuck in their routine 9-5 office jobs in favor of working from home. The freedom and flexibility of being your own boss is a massive pull for many people. Getting away from what could be the boring office environment and making your own way in the world is definitely a motivator for a number of people.
However, it isn’t as simple as just quitting your job and thinking “right, now I will work from home”. Like most things in life, planning and organizing is the key to success. Assuming you have made the decision to work from home, this blog will cover some of the important areas that you need to focus on. In many respects we will look at the potential pitfalls that working from home can bring.
Without question, to be able to work from home requires an element of discipline. You need to make sure that you set realistic working hours. Don’t just roll out of bed and think that whatever time you start is acceptable. It doesn’t work when employed and it isn’t going to work when you are working from home.
It is important too that you don’t go too far the other way and work way too many hours. This is easily done when working from home. Remember to take a break in the morning to stretch your legs and perhaps get a coffee. Also make sure that you take a regular lunch break, energy and effectiveness in work can be damaged if you don’t slot in breaks.
Ideally you will have a separate working area from your main living area. In some cases, this might well be difficult, especially if you don’t have a spare room that you can convert to an office area. Camping out in the lounge is generally bad practice as it leaves you with many possible distractions that could easily serve to interrupt your productivity.
Not Setting a Daily Objective
Planning out your day should really involve some form of daily objective. Whether that is just making sure you complete all of the tasks on your list or you achieve a bigger goal it doesn’t really matter. The important part is to ensure that you have a target for each day.
This helps you to retain focus and gives you an opportunity to close down the day knowing that you have achieved things. The feeling that you have completed what’s required each day will allow you to switch-off from work and find the time and motivation to relax in what should be your leisure time.
The Social Media / Facebook Black Hole
In today’s environment, social media plays an increasing role. It might even be that part of your work includes engaging on social media platforms. If this is the case, then you have to have a great degree of self-control. It’s very easy to be distracted from what you should be doing when you set out “harmlessly” to check a Facebook or Twitter feed. All of a sudden what should take 3–4 minutes can quite easily become a black hole and your afternoon has been cut short.
You have to find the best way to check social media to keep in the know, but also at the same time avoid staying on it and looking at things you should be doing in your free time! Hopefully implementing some of the tips in this blog will help you to make the best transition from the 9–5 office job to working for yourself from home.