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5 Work at Home Tips for Productivity
Home Office Tips
Work at Home Success
Working at home -- whether it's full time, part time, or temporarily -- can be a wonderful break from working in a traditional office setting. You don't have to commute, you can wear what you like, and you can often set your pace and structure your workday to meet your needs. However, the total lack of structure can make it too easy to goof off, go to yoga class instead of take lunch, and become disorganized. Use these 5 tips to kickstart your freelance career and transition into a successful work at home career.
1. Meet (or exceed) a daily goal.
As much for motivation as for practical purposes, set a daily goal. Then work until you meet or exceed your goal. You might decide to work at whatever you do until you have earned $100 for the day, or to write 4 blog posts. I recommend starting small and meeting or exceeding your goal. Just because you've earned $100 doesn't mean you need to stop. You can work until you've made $200. However, if you overreach and set too large a goal, you are more likely to grow dispirited with your new career and fail.
2. Set regular hours.
The more you can keep a schedule, the more successful you will be in your new career. Your new schedule doesn't have to be 8-4 or 9-5. You can work from 7-10, then take a leisurely afternoon and get back "on the clock" from 3-7. You can alter your daily schedule around childcare or other obligations, or work 3 10-hour days and then work only from 8-10 in the morning. It's totally up to you.
Setting a schedule does help to divide your time at home between work time and off time. When you work from home it is too easy to feel like you are never off because there is always more to be done.
3. Minimize distractions.
The most successful people who work at home can block out distractions -- be they noisy neighbors or the lure of social media. When you work at home, you are responsible for managing your own time, maximizing your earnings potential, and minimizing distractions. It might seem "fun" to screen daytime television while you write, but if it's distracting you from getting words on the page and meeting your daily goal, it's not working for you.
4.Connect with coworkers.
Working from home can be isolating. You're often alone all day. Take the chance to connect with coworkers using a chat or messaging system. Don't distract them - but do check in about work, upcoming team meetings, or projects. If you don't have coworkers (if you're a freelance writer, for example), then hang out in writer chat forums and respond to messages. Connect with people when you have a question, comment, or concern. It can alleviate boredom, make you feel less alone, and clue you in to a new and lucrative business opportunity.
5. Reward yourself (sometimes).
Don't be afraid to reward yourself sometimes. After all, it's one of the major perks of working at home. Once in a while, take lunch off to meet a friend, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, take a coffee break to research your next vacation, or knock off early and go for a bike ride.
Often these little things can help relieve stress and re-energize you. You just may get the push you need to power through work.
Many people look to freelance work for a better work-life balance. These little tips will help you work smarter (not harder) so you can find that balance.