In the 21 Century, more people will change how they work. Many are already opting to forego the stress of commuting to work and back home every day. Instead, they are choosing to work from home. There is no shame in working from home today. Freelancers form the biggest group of individuals who opt to conduct their work from home. However, there is a right and more effective way of working from the comforts of your home.
Below are some of the ways you can work from home more efficiently.
First, keep to a regular schedule. Otherwise, you run the risk of slacking off and being lazy. Set a schedule and determine to stick to it no matter what. This way, you will have succeeded in structuring your day and keeping yourself motivated. Get up early. Put on nice clothes, just as you would if you were going to the office. Stay away from all manner of online distractions. Keep everything you do within a rhythm that you can monitor.
Be flexible enough to set aside some time for downtime. After all, you are not a robot.
When working from home, you always run the risk of mixing everything up to a point you can’t tell the difference between work and home life. Therefore, learn to set clear boundaries. Set aside a space or room in your home specifically for work. Leave that space when you’re no longer working. Let everybody – including friends and family – to understand that once you are in that room or space, you’re not to be disturbed until you finish working.
When at home, it is tempting to stay behind your desk the whole day without any breaks. Perhaps, you consider the environment less stressful than the office where you can’t help but take regular breaks. However, you still need to take regular breaks when working from home. Breaks are good for blood circulation. Breaks also keep your head clear to handle the remaining tasks. Breaks improve your productivity too.
Your brain needs as many breaks as possible from the work you are doing.
Work for around 50 minutes intensely before taking a 15-minute break.
Keep Your Connections Strong
It is easy to isolate yourself from everyone and everything around you when working from home to a point your social interactions disappear or suffer. Studies show that you need your social interactions. Invest in these interactions. Plan your time well so your loved ones and friends don’t feel abandoned. Too much isolation will only weaken your productivity and make you less motivated.
Don’t limit these interactions to family only.
Instead, go on coffee meetings with friends, peers, clients and colleagues.