Working from home can be a great thing, especially if you have a job that allows it. Many people dream of operating independently and running their own business, which is why working from home can be great. It gives you the freedom to do your work where and when you want. Working from home also means that you save on commuting costs and can dedicate more time towards your business activities. Working from home also has its drawbacks. If you’re not disciplined enough, it’s easy to spend unnecessary time lazing around in sweatpants instead of getting things done. Many successful people who work from home stress how important routines are; they keep regular hours, set aside time for focused work, take breaks during the day and have strict rules about what they will or won’t read or watch online outside of working hours. In this blog post, we discuss seven tips that may help make working from home easier for you:
Have a dedicated place for work
Writing a dissertation or producing research papers and reports will take up a lot of your time. Those hours spent writing can be put to better use if you have a dedicated place where you do all your writing. This dedicated place should have all the tools that you need to be able to write. It should be free from distractions and have all the tools that you need to be able to write well and effectively. This dedicated place for work will allow you to work more efficiently and productively. You’ll be able to work without being distracted by other things around you which can help you to produce better work. Having a dedicated place for work will also help you to be able to focus better on your work. When you know that the place where you’re working is the only place where you’ll be doing your work, you’ll be able to relax and focus on your work.
Set up email filters
Email is a great thing, but all too often it also becomes a constant source of distraction. To avoid it derailing your day, it’s important to set up appropriate email filters and then stick to them. For example, you may want to filter out any work-related emails that come in after hours, so you can deal with them first thing in the morning. Or you may want to set up a folder for various newsletters you subscribe to so they don’t clog up your main inbox. And once you’ve set up filters, make sure you don’t break the rules you’ve set for yourself. For example, if you’ve decided to set aside certain hours for replying to emails, stick to that schedule—even if you’re tempted to jump in and respond to something outside of those hours.
Create a working schedule
Working from home means that there are fewer restrictions about when you work and for how long. This can be a good thing, but it can also be easy to lose track of time and overwork yourself. To avoid this from happening, it’s important to create a working schedule for yourself. It’s not something that you have to set in stone and you may want to adjust it as time goes by, but it’s nonetheless a good idea to create one. For example, you may want to create a schedule that has a couple hours of focused work each day followed by a couple hours of emailing and a couple hours of marketing each day. You may also want to create a schedule that has you working on a particular task at certain times of the day only.
Stay hydrated and get enough exercise
Working from home can be a sedentary lifestyle, and spending too many hours on the couch with poor posture can wreak havoc on your back and posture—not to mention your mental health. It’s important, then, to stay hydrated and get regular exercise if you’re working from home. Exercising regularly will not only help you to stay fit and healthy, but it will also help you to have more energy during the day and improve your mental health and well-being. And drinking plenty of water will help you to stay hydrated and avoid headaches and other health issues. Exercising regularly will also help you to maintain good posture and avoid back and other health issues. Make sure that you stretch regularly, too. It’s easy to get stuck in one position while working and that can lead to serious injuries and issues.
Block out times for email only
If you don’t have any email filters set up or don’t have any rules about when you’ll be replying to emails, it can be tempting to check your email constantly and reply to everything as soon as it comes in. While it’s great to be responsive and timely with your email replies—particularly if you work in a customer service-oriented field—it’s also easy to get sucked into spending hours at a time just replying to emails. To avoid this, set aside specific times each day when you will be reading and replying to emails. And stick to this schedule—don’t break your own rules.
Don’t check your email first thing in the morning
You may have noticed that many people who work from home tend to check their email first thing in the morning when they wake up and again before they go to bed. Doing this may allow you to feel like you’re being productive during the day, but in reality, it’s not productive at all. You may want to avoid checking your email first thing in the morning and again before going to bed. It’s best to make sure that you avoid checking your email at these times because you’re less likely to keep your emotions in check and respond to emails in a productive manner. Instead, make a habit of checking your email at certain times during the day—like once or twice during the day, once before you go to bed, and then as many times during the day as you need to.
Working from home can be a great experience, but only if you follow these tips. Make sure you have a dedicated place to do your work, create a working schedule, stay hydrated and fit, block out times for email only, and don’t check your email first thing in the morning. Working from home can be great, but only if you make it work!