How To Survive Working From Home The First 60 Days.
If you’re new to working from home or you’ve never tried telecommuting on a part time basis, it’s very easy to fall into many of the pitfalls a work from home career can involve. Over the years I’ve perfected (strong word) what works for me and I do hope you can use the following 8 tips to better approach your work at home job. The idea is to review these tips and use them to formulate a system or schedule which will work for you.
1. Stick to your schedule or routine. If it means that you head to your home office at 7 am everyday, do so. Sleeping in or watching television when you’re supposed to be working will not benefit you. Notice I said head to your home office.. treat your office and job as real as it’s supposed to be.
2. Try to distance yourself from the work space during lunch and other scheduled breaks. Have your coffee in the back yard or go to a cafe. Getting away is key to being successful at working from home.
3. Try your best to resume where you left off after breaks. Don’t start a new project without first completing what you’ve already started or was working on before the break. Too many ongoing projects will mean more stress and many incomplete assignments.
4. Each day make a list of the things you want to get accomplished and tick them off as you go along. Be realistic, don’t start out with too high an expectation of what you can achieve or you will always be disappointed.
5. Set priorities of what you need to get done and review these as the day goes along. Remember it’s also key component of working from home to be as flexible as possible.
6. Some days you’ll find good, others bad. Try to determine what are the factors which dictate this for you and try to make this a part of your daily routine or the way you do things. If it works, don’t try to fix it.
7. Allocate some time each week to evaluate what you are doing (plan you week or month ahead) and for thinking up new ideas for the business. Do try to get feedback from others. Get opinions, particularly from people who are not in your line of work. Sometimes they can bring surprisingly objective and constructive ideas as they can ‘stand back’ and see things differently than you. Join message boards or groups to have people to bounce ideas off. However, do keep some ideas relatively private or risk someone else stealing them. Be smart!
8. If you are struggling with a particular task try an easier one first… the difficult one is more likely to fall into place.
I’m guilty of over working and it causes a drop in my productivity, so I always have to remind myself to get enough rest. Trying to figure out something at 11pm at night is not good.. get some rest and you’ll be refreshed in the morning to tackle it head-on.
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