Even though I’m a part-time waitress whilst studying in college, I consider myself working from home sometimes, according to all things blog and writing, especially.
It is great on so many levels, and I’ve always liked the idea of freelancing a little in the future. It’s important to set boundaries between your work and your home life, though, and as I live in a tiny apartment, it’s impossible to set up some kind of door for an extra room.
Here are four tips I learned first-hand to get most out of working from home, for whatever task it may be.
This is the most important one, in my opinion. It’s always easy and convenient to just stay in your pajamas but dressing like you were actually going to work helps with the whole “home office” mindset. It makes to so hard to switch off for the day in the end. Sometimes I write from my bed all day if I’m unwell or feel down but it’s not something I really like to do because then I tend to be less productive and feel mentally worse. And making your bed a workstation is a bad idea.
Set a specific place for work.
I only have my bar table in my tiny apartment but I tend to switch sides to eat and to write/ work/study. Have a place in your house where you go to especially to work. Pick a spot that is functional for you and decorate and prime it every day.
Set specific work and break times.
Organise everything you have to do during that time. Most importantly, pick hours that work for you. If you’re better as an early bird, pick early hours for work and take the evening off. If you’re more of a night owl, consider it the other way around.
I think when you’re self-employed there is a lot of pressure to work exactly the same way as people in traditional office settings and it’s just pointless, really. When you’re your own boss, you can decide when to work and when to take a day or half-day off. It’s incredibly convenient and it’s important to stick to your schedule consistently.
But don’t forget about the breaks. When you spend way too much time in front your computer, it can really decrease your productivity. It can’t be good mentally, either. So schedule breaks into your day and set boundaries to avoid burnout.
Get out of the house sometimes.
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day. You’ll feel tired and sick and it won’t be enough to just open the window. You just can’t stay in the same place for too long, even when you do different things. Even if you decide to turn on Netflix, it’ll still be a monitor to stare at. Consider stepping out of the house, simply for a short walk or a deep breather. If you really have to keep working, take your laptop with you and go to a coffee shop or even library.
How’s working from home for you? What’s your advice?