Can You Work From Home & Be Successful?
What’s the best perk of being a freelancer? You get to work from home and be your own boss. Ditching the commute to work from home is a huge pro, but can also take some getting used to. Here are my tips on how to get work done when you work from home.
Make The Separation:
One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to working from home is not setting boundaries right off the bat. By not establishing separation immediately, what is work and what is home life is going to become a blur. Thankfully this is a pretty easy fix. While you make think of it as a home based business it’s important to set up a dedicated home office space that is away from everyday life, pets and kids. Ideally, you want a room that you can go into and shut the door behind you. When you are in your office it’s work time. Conversely, when you leave that room, it’s like leaving the office to go home.
Set Clearly Defined Hours:
Speaking of separation. Set yourself up for success when working from home by laying out clear ‘work hours’.Whether it be a standard 9-5 or smaller block of time broken up throughout the day, these clearly defined parameters will help to get your brain onto a consistent schedule. However, don’t make the hours fit a traditional workday if that’s not what works for you. If you aren’t an early riser than you can push your start time back to what first your lifestyle. Vice versa if you like to seize the day at the crack of dawn. When you are your own boss, the sky is the limit.
Take A Break:
Within the parameters of setting preferred working hours, it’s important that you also take time for lunch and other breaks. Taking a timeout to refuel your body also refuels your brain. What’s even better? Get outside, take a walk, do a quick workout or even head down to your local coffee shop. All of these things help to normalize the routine when you work from home and allow you to step away from your work and give you a change of scenery.
On occasion, you might also find it beneficial to take your laptop with you and work from a different location for a portion of the day just to break it up.
Become Your Own Project Manager:
Productivity doesn’t have to suffer just because you work from home. Set yourself up with a project management system like Trello. It’s something that I use to help me stay on track both personally and professionally, and is a visual way to set due dates for all of your to-do’s. Here’s how I manage it all when life gets busy.
Energize Your Home Office:
I’ve saved the best for last here. My top tip for you – decorate your space. As tempting as it may be to work from the kitchen island, don’t! Set up your dedicated office space with all of the usual suspects (desk, chair, computer, etc.) and then take it a step further. Bring in fun, inspiring decor that fosters creativity. Create a functional space with lots of storage. Hang whiteboards and tack boards where you can brainstorm. The cumulation of all these things will help you to be successful and achieve that work-life balance that we all strive for. Bonus points if you chose a room with heaps of natural light.