Working from home is the bored commuter’s dream. There’s simply more freedom when working from home, from setting the alarm for later in the morning to being able to stay in your comfortable environment. However, there are obstacles that get in the way of running a successful work-at-home office. Take some interesting tips in working from home to avoid common work-from-home mistakes.
Spread Your Creative Wings
This means you should enjoy the fact that you get to stay at home, and find the schedule that works for you. The flexibility that comes with working from home is often boundless. If you’re more creative in the morning, work then. If you have responsibilities to kids and home, work at night. No matter when you work, your productivity depends on your dedication. Find the time that best suits your lifestyle and your peak creativity periods.
Diversify Your Options
Unless you are remote working a contract job, chances are your freelance work will be unstable. Jobs come and go, and even ongoing ones can end at any moment. Therefore it’s good to not put too many eggs into one basket. To this end, diversify. This can mean, for example, building passive income online, taking on different jobs of varying sizes, and also doing task-based ad hoc work such as filling in surveys, which can earn rewards or cash.
Keep It Social
Succeeding in working from home requires much more than submitting typed work over the Internet. You need to make sure you don’t succumb to burnout. This is why you need friends outside the home. Go to dinner with the spouse, meet old friends from the office for drinks, or simply go visit your grandma. No matter how you do it, you must socialize to maintain your mental health.
Get Ready for Your Day
Yes, even when you work from home, you still need to get ready in the morning. The transition from home to work is partly psychological, and when you work from home, you miss this transition. Get up, get in the shower, get dressed, and brush your teeth. You’ll get your mind ready to move from sleep to work, and the routine will help you transition faster. If you still think you can skip this important transitional period, try to go to your work station without brushing your teeth. You’ll be distracted to the point of an early break.
Carve Out Time for Yourself
Burnout among work-from-home individuals is high because the work never goes away. It’s easy to leave work at an office when there is a clear barrier between work and home. The barrier for work-from-home people is a thin door. Avoid working all day non-stop by establishing breaks. Your work will be clearer and your clients will appreciate you more because you’ll be coherent all day. Change your scenery, go outside, walk down the street, and put the screens away. You’ll reduce your chance of burnout and keep your work output at its best.
Written By: Lucy Wyndham
While you are at it, hop over to my own post on Working from Home and see how I do it. — Marilen