Working from home has become increasingly more popular both for personal reasons and due to employers looking to cut costs. Thanks to technological advancements, it is now easier for someone to work in Australia whilst reporting to someone in Europe or Asia. People often work better when they are in their comfort zone and for most people this happens to be their homes. Benefits of working from home include the flexibility, autonomy and the comfort of working from one’s own space.
More people are choosing to avoid the long commutes and work from home instead. You could choose to freelance on a full-time basis or travel occasionally whilst predominantly working from home. Whilst working from the comfort of your own home comes with many benefits, it can have its own downfalls as well. How can you be more effective and get more work done? How can you keep your work and personal life separate?
Keep reading below to learn some ways you can effectively manage your career from home.
Maintain a regular schedule: You may be working from home but there is no one to keep tabs on your progress and often this can cause the most disciplined people to slack off and take it easy. To avoid this, ensure you have a regular schedule that you stick to without fail. Pretend as if you are working at an office and start the day early avoiding any distractions as you work. When you have done this regularly for a few months, it becomes a habit and you will be well on your way to accomplishing a lot during the day.
Create boundaries: It’s important to create strict boundaries when you are at work to avoid mixing work and personal life. Create a separate space for your work needs and let your family and friends know that you are not to be disturbed during work hours. Set aside time for personal commitments and put the dates on your calendar so you stick to it.
Include breaks: Whilst it can be tempting to work continuously as you are at home, its vital that you schedule in regular breaks to increase focus and productivity. Try to go for a short walk around your house, take a water break or stretch those sore muscles. If your work requires you to sit continuously at a desk or in front of the computer, taking breaks is even more important to help with blood circulation and overall health.
Stay connected: Whilst working from home can have many benefits, feeling lonely is not one of them. Prolonged isolation can put a damper on productivity so its vital that you catch up with other freelancers or work colleagues. Having people who are aware of your work and what you do can be encouraging and help with overall mood and as a result increase your productivity.
Celebrate your successes: When you are working from home it can get hard to stay motivated as you are often thinking about other tasks- that pile of laundry that needs to be put away, the bills that need to be paid or the cupboard that needs organizing. It’s important to celebrate your successes even if there are small. Think about what you have been able to accomplish at the end of the day as opposed to all the things that you still have to do.