Whether you’ve been doing it for a while, or you’re new to the work from the home scene, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t as easy as you thought it would be.
It can be hard to focus on work with all the other responsibilities of the household there to distract you. And let’s not forget about all the unnecessary distractions that tempt you when no one’s around to bust you, like checking your socials and reading blog posts. (Hey, by the way, shouldn’t you be working right now?)
The key to working from home is to act like you are going to work. The following tips will help you get into the right mindset to do your best work from the comfort of your home, so you can stop struggling and start enjoying the benefits that come with an at-home gig.
Start the Day Off Right
It is so incredibly tempting to just roll out of bed and spend your day in the same pair of pants that you slept in the night before. If you’re not leaving the house, and potentially not even seeing anyone during the day, why bother spending all that time and energy getting ready?
The thing is, how you look affects your mood and your mindset a lot more than you realize. It might seem silly at first, but don’t knock it until you try it. Spend a few days, or even a week, waking up and showering, dressing in real clothes, and fixing your hair and makeup, if you wear it.
Getting ready as if you were going out into the world to work sets the tone for your entire day. If you’re too comfy, you could wind up feeling sleepy and getting lazy. Dress to impress and you’ll end up impressing yourself!
Set Your Schedule
Who doesn’t love to multitask? While it seems like you’re being more productive throwing in a load of laundry while you’re working, or taking a “break” to do other chores, you’re really just doing both responsibilities halfheartedly. That’s why you need a schedule.
Designate a time for work, a time for home, and a time for rest. Decide which hours are your most productive times for working, and only focus on work during those times. Schedule in time for actual breaks and lunch, and stick to the schedule.
Once your workday comes to an end, turn your focus to whatever else needs to be done. By having a schedule, you will find the time you never knew you had. Use it to do something for yourself, like exercising or reading.
Be a Good Boss
Even if you aren’t technically the boss at your work from home job, you need to act like a boss to motivate yourself. The great thing about working from home is that you have the opportunity to be the best boss you ever had.
Think about what qualities your ideal boss would have. They would want things to gets done in an efficient way. In order to accomplish this, a good boss would offer their employees incentives and acknowledge their hard work.
Set goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve them. For example, if you work on a project for a designated period of time without any distractions, maybe you can have a glass of wine, or some other small treat, at the end of the day. Be firm with yourself, but gentle, and your work from home struggle won’t really feel like one anymore.