Looking forward to working from home? Here are some tips to get you out of the office and on to better things.
Structure Your Day
Working from home is a dream come true for many. Just saving the commute time can be a life saver. But avoiding office politics and time wasters put you way ahead of the game.
But there is a downside. Without someone looking over your shoulder, the temptation to fiddle the day away can be strong. Too many snacks, too many bathroom breaks, power naps, office futzing, television, and even social networking can take a huge bite out of productivity.
While working with your moods can be a huge advantage of the autonomy working at home provides, most people still find having some sense of structure gives a push to actually get things done.
Take some time to make out a work schedule for each day. First add in any regularly scheduled meetings or events. Then add a lunch or break time to eat, stretch, and rejuvenate. Last, add in the big blocks of time to work on your projects.
Depending on your personality, you might write in specific tasks or you might just leave an open-ended designation. I use “projects” on my schedule for these work times. That leaves me the flexibility to choose a project I’m motivated to do at the time, while reminding me it’s not time to read a novel or paint my nails.
Take Advantage of Technology
Working from home can be particularly efficient, because you can make use of your time however fits your lifestyle.
If you have a cell phone (who doesn’t these days?), you can make calls while running errands or waiting to pick up your kids from class. If you have an iPad (my current favorite gadget of all time), you can easily (and without squinting at your tiny phone screen) do research, answer emails, write blog posts, etc. If you have wireless internet, you can work wherever you are most comfortable: on the couch, sitting on the porch, at the dining table assisting with homework.
Act Like a Boss
While working in slippers is one of the most touted benefits of working at home — and I do work in my slippers almost every day — there are some things about this slacker lifestyle that don’t necessarily promote productivity.
Like it or not, our environment impacts our work. Hang onto the slippers, but get up, shower, and dress. Comb your hair. Clean up your work area and organize it to function well.
Working from home is one of the best lifestyle choices coming into popularity. As you become a pro blogger or do other work from home, make it work by being productive.