Working from home can be fantastic. You can save time and money on your commute, free up more time to spend with the family and still earn a great income. Heck, you can even work in your pajamas if the mood takes you.
Of course, working from home has its challenges. It’s often far easier to get distracted, more difficult to maintain high motivation levels, and it can get pretty lonely. So, what can you do to work from home more effectively?
Make a Priority List
Working out which of your many work tasks are most important and ensuring that you do them first is a great way to maintain your productivity levels when working from home. If you set out a list that ranks every task from most to least important, you can work through it and always get those things that really need to be done, done on time.
Use the Cloud
Digitizing as much as your paperwork as possible is a great way to get more organized and ensure that your working life doesn’t take over your home life. Online virtual mail services are great for this as they digitize your mail so that you never have to see it in physical form, as are note-taking apps and Google Calendar, which allow you to do most things you need to do online.
Once you’re using these services, it’s easy to switch to the cloud, and by doing so, you can ensure that you have your files with you wherever you are, freeing you up to work from the coffee shop when things get too much, as well as keeping your physical and digital clutter to a minimum.
There’s nothing wrong with working in your pajamas from time to time, but if you find you lack motivation in the home office, you may find that getting fully dresses in office attire will help you to get into the right frame of mind.
Tell People You’re Working
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is the friends and family members who think that they can ask favors of you because you’re at home. You need to be firm in telling them what you’re working hours are and when you can and cannot help them out. Set firm boundaries and stick to them or you’ll end up running around after everyone never getting your own stuff done.
If you find working from home is getting lonely, take your laptop and work from a local coffee shop with Wi-Fi, library or park for a couple of hours. You’ll feel less alone with the hustle and bustle of people around you, and boost your mood at the same time.
Make Your Office Comfy
A quiet, comfortable office, that is ideally away from the hustle and bustle of family life, perhaps in a spare bedroom or even a garden office, will make working from home a whole lot easier, so don’t skimp on it and invest in the comfier chair and ergonomically designed desk.
Enjoy working from home!