How to work from home
Work From Home Tips
If you’ve never worked from home before, it can be a challenge to get used to doing. One has to be self-motivated to accomplish all of the daily tasks. Trust me, I know this feeling because I’ve worked from home for over 10 years now!
It’s easy to get distracted by life, family, pets, TV, or talking on the phone when there is no boss looking over your shoulder.
On the other hand, it can get lonely if you’re used to working in a social environment and having “water cooler” talk. But with the right balance and self-discipline, it can be accomplished. Here are my best tips:
1. Have A Morning Routine
I get it. There will be days when you just want to work in your pjs or sweats. Who am I kidding? Athleisure is my uniform and sometimes leggings too. However, it is important to have a morning schedule and get yourself ready (even if you’re not seeing clients).
Trust me. Maybe it’s a psychological thing, but there’s just something about getting yourself dolled up that will help you to feel better. At least throw on some cute clothes and a bit of makeup.
So you do you boo first. Here’s what I do. Wake up. Drink coffee. Eat breakfast. Shower. Do makeup and hair. All before starting work.
2. Set A Daily Schedule
…And stick to it. Make yourself a set time to work each day. Stay focused and dedicate yourself to working during this period of time. These are your hours of operation.
Write it down if you have to so that you don’t forget. Use a calendar app, planner, or Google Calendar to keep track of what you need to do throughout the day.
Let’s say that you need to call a client at 5pm and you don’t want to forget. Then, set the alarm on your phone to remind you to call at that time.
3. Find A Quiet Spot
An ideal place would be a home office. If you have kids or pets, then you will want a door that can be closed for privacy. If you plan to talk on the phone a lot, then consider a noise canceling microphone to block out any background noise.
If you don’t have an office, then consider using a bedroom or finished basement area. It is recommended to have a desk with a supportive chair. It’s important that you are comfortable while working.
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4. Make Your Least Favorite Task A Priority
Get it done and over with. Then, dust your shoulders off and move on. Whatever task that you are not looking forward to doing – just get it done first.
If you’re dreading calling that client, then do it first thing and get it finished. That way you are not dwelling on it the whole day, wondering how it’s going to go. Don’t let it drag on and ruin your day when it could have already been accomplished.
5. Take Breaks Often
Sometimes you just need to take a time out and regroup so that you can come back more focused. Try to go outside and get some fresh air for a few minutes.
Reward yourself for certain milestones throughout the day. Just got a deal negotiated? Great, now treat yourself to a cappuccino break. Did you just e-sign a contract? Then, celebrate with a piece of chocolate or your favorite candy.
6. Have A Social Life
Being stuck at home all day working can take a toll on a person mentally. Even stay-at-home moms feel the mental drain. It’s important to connect with friends and family outside of work so that you don’t get lonely.
You know that saying, “Work hard, play harder?” Find a balance between work and play so that you don’t get stressed out. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing.
If you feel lonely, then know that you are not alone. This is normal to feel this way. Sometimes just talking to friends on the phone or doing a Zoom call with them can help.
If you have any other tips that you’d like to share, then please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear any ideas or input that you have!
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