You will have to train yourself and have a lot of will power. The idea of working from home is desirable, but how easy is it to get the work done. The key to a successful working practice is routine.
Once you are up and the kids are off to school, make sure you get straight into a working mode. This may sound silly but dress as if you are going in to the office or meeting important clients. You will feel better about your working day if you are dressed for the occasion. Wearing pyjamas and dressing gown will make you feel lazy and you will act in a less efficient manner.
Ensure you have had a sufficient breakfast. It is scientifically proven that people who eat a healthy breakfast will have higher levels of concentration and be able to get things done more effectively and quickly.
Have a set working time allowing times for breaks and lunch but don’t take liberties. For example, try to minimise mid-morning breaks to no more than 15 minutes and no more than an hour for lunch.
However tempting it may be, do not get sidetracked with housework and other chores that you would not be doing if you were in an office. Plan to do housework in the evenings, or before you start your working day.
Make sure that you have a comfortable working environment, an office away from the distractions of children, TV’s and radios is ideal but many people don’t have the money to have a separate office space. If this is the case ensure that you have enough space to work, with orderly files and room for other equipment obviously dependant on the type of work you are doing. Make sure on a weekend that you will have everything you need for your week at work; you do not want to be preoccupied with going to the shop and getting pens and paper at 11am on a Monday morning.
It is a good idea that you invest in a second telephone line dedicated to your business calls. Tell your friends and family not to contact you at home during the day. If it is an emergency, such as your children’s school phoning about a sick child then make sure they have your cell phone number, that way you will know that it is an emergency.
Make a list of things that need doing and stick too it. It may seem a bore to have a list but when you physically see things getting ticked off your list you will start to get a sense of confidence in your abilities.
Try to have targets to work towards, that way your workload will be worthwhile, make them small targets so that they are more attainable.
Don’t work yourself to death, you are allowed to have breaks but make sure they are at the allotted times. At the end of your day, tidy things away and make a to do list for tomorrow. Spend an hour or so quality time with your family before you even think about doing chores. That way, when you are working throughout the day you will be working towards your reward with the family or some other element of your life that you enjoy doing.
Remember not everyone is suited to working from home, if it is not for you then maybe consider some other place of work. However, if it is a necessity stick at it and keep to your routine.
Hopefully as your business grows you will be able to take more time doing what you want to do each day…but until then, its routine time!!
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