Working from home is what many people aspire to do one day.
Whether you’re starting your own business at home or moving from a corporate office to your home office, there are plenty of benefits to working at home. There are less people to distract you and you can even create an environment that makes you the most inspired and motivated to work.
Though there are many benefits to working at home, many people may find that there are certain difficulties they may face.
Below is a helpful list that will ensure you stay on the path to being successful when working at home.
1. Eat the frog
First thing in the morning, make sure to complete the most daunting task of the day. Working from home makes it a lot easier to put off a difficult task, but once it’s completed in the morning, you’ll feel more inspired and motivated to get work done during the day.
Stress from the lingering thought of a difficult task takes up a lot of mental space and focus which could instead be used for working.
Make a difficult task less stressful by breaking the task down into smaller parts and go from there.
2. Create a to-do list and time block
One of the most important things a people who works from home can do is create a to-do list and time block.
With so many tasks needing to be done during the day, a to-do list for the day, week, and month is ideal. Breaking a to-do list into separate parts can make the to-do list seem overall less overwhelming.
Time blocking is also ideal for people who work at home. With time blocking, the individual sets up dedicated time blocks to get a certain task done. Time blocking can save a large amount of time and leaves room to get different tasks completed during the day.
For example, if you check your email often during the day, that probably wastes a lot of time. Instead, time block 30 minutes between 9:00am and 9:30am and specifically use that time for answering emails. Turn off email notifications since emails can suck a lot of time away from staying focused and on task.
3. Create a working environment
Instead of working on your living room couch or bed, create a dedicated working space with a desk and chair.
Ideally, the office should be away from distractions like television, kids, and other electronics. A clean office can clear away clutter in the mind and leave room for 100% focus, which is crucial when working at home. Many people may find that working at home can lead to more distractions, despite not being in an office setting around tons of people.
If your home is noisy, a fan, white noise maker, or noise cancellation headphones may be a good idea for your work from home situation.
4. Dress for work
Working from home leads to more leeway to dress however you please. Many people may opt to wear PJ’s while working from home, but did you know putting on business attire or even casual clothes may make you work harder?
Feeling like you’re in the “work zone” and looking professional can help give the idea that you’re still in a professional work setting and can aid in getting more work done.
5. Set dedicated work hours
Working from home makes it easy to overwork and never stop working. This is why it’s especially important for people who work from home to set up dedicated work hours. It’s easy to work nonstop from 7AM until 11PM at night when you work on a computer because work is never truly over, especially if you’re an entrepreneur or blogger.
When do you work best? Is it at morning or night? Set your work hours when you feel the most motivated and focused. You can even split these hours up throughout the day if you feel that you work better at different times.
6. Switch up work environments
Working from home can get repetitive and boring, which is why it’s important to switch up work environments. Visiting a local cafe, library, or even renting out an office space may be helpful to help reignite inspiration. Being around others that are working hard can spark a new motivation that may have started decreasing while working at home.
7. Take a break
Working from home can become repetitive and inspiration may dwindle down at times. To over come this, take a break when you are feeling unmotivated or uninspired. A quick 15 minute walk outside or a meditation break can relieve stress and get your mind working properly again.
What do you do to be successful when working from home?
Alexis is a 20 something personal finance blogger who helps millennials pay off debt, make money with side hustles, and travel for free. Aside from blogging, Alexis is a Virtual Assistant and writes for several personal finance publications. Alexis is a blogger by day and avid mountain and road biker by night.