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In an ideal world, we’d all have 9-to-5 jobs with regular working hours and no overtime. In reality, most of us need to get more done in less time. And home working is often the solution. Working from home offers many benefits, not least that you don’t need to spend hours a day commuting and can instead concentrate on your job. As well as saving time, home working also saves money on transport and work clothes, not to mention giving you more location options when it comes to choosing where you work best. If you’re thinking about making the switch from an office or a co-working space to your home, here are some inspiring home working quotes that will give you the courage to do so.
When you’re in a busy office, there are lots of ways to keep yourself on task. When you’re at home, though, you’ve only got yourself to keep on track. That’s why it’s important to find ways to hold yourself accountable for your work, otherwise it’s easy to let it slide. One of the best ways to do this is to set up a few daily rituals that help keep you on track and in the right frame of mind for focus. For example, you might have a rule that you put your phone in another room while you work, or that you can’t check your email until a certain time of day.
It’s still work
Even though you’re in a more relaxed environment than a typical office, don’t forget to treat your work with the respect it deserves. Sure, you don’t have a regular 9-to-5, and your work clothes are probably something other than a suit, but you’re still working and you should treat it that way right now. If you don’t, you’ll wind up putting unrealistic expectations on yourself and will inevitably get stressed out while trying to meet those expectations. Instead, treat your work like a job you need to complete. Sure, you might not have a boss keeping tabs on you, but you’ll be much happier if you treat your work as though you do.
Don’t forget to breathe
In an ideal world, you’d have a separate room for work, enough time to take regular breaks, and the perfect balance between work and your personal life. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and even though you’re working from home, you might not have a work environment conducive to good work-life balance. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings. Make sure your work area is stocked with whatever you need to get your work done (be it a computer, good lighting, a pen, etc.), but also keep it uncluttered. Avoid getting your work space too cluttered, or you’ll be overwhelmed and unable to get any work done.
Don’t isolation yourself
In the same vein as the above, you don’t want to fall into the trap of spending too much time alone. Sure, home working comes with increased freedom, but don’t let those freedoms isolate you from your friends and loved ones. Working from home can be isolating and can have a negative impact on well-being unless you have a good network of support. Join a co-working space or find other ways to interact with people during the day. This can also help you learn new skills and meet new people.
Whether you work from home by choice or out of necessity, these home working quotes should help you keep your spirits high and your motivation strong. Working from home can be challenging at times, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Remember to stay focused, respect your work, and make sure to engage with others if you don’t want home working to be isolating. Before you know it, you’ll be reaping all the benefits of working from home.