When you tell people that you work from home they exclaimed, “How lucky you’re!” But they only see the benefits of working from home like waking up on your own, no more bearing the boss to yell at you, no need to dress up daily and you can do anything you want.
Although these benefits are cosy if you look at the cons of working from home, you’ll find it a bit depressing. Like there’s not ‘Me-Time,’ your clients can ask you anytime for the favour and the cherry on the cake is gathering the motivation to work solely with a list of distractions.
These distractions can be your social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Netflix on the other side can bribe you to watch it, your family members can come up to you anytime and the biggest of all is your Smartphone which never let you focus.
So, if you continually battle the struggles to work from home, here are some tips that will help you fight these struggles.
Tip#1: Dedicate a Separate Space
If you work with the laptop moving, you can’t focus on the projects. At one time you’ve to shift here and there. So, moving to and fro can distract your working and let you run out of time. To cater to this problem, take a round of your home and choose a space where you can work comfortably. It can be your room, lounge or even the garden. Take it and start owning as your workplace. The benefits of a dedicated workspace are that it will allow you to focus and limit distractions. For example, if your family knows that you’re in working mode at a certain place they won’t disturb you unless it’s important.
Pile up your documents there, fix your laptop and charger and keep all your office equipment in chronological order. Invest in the space and make it feel like an office. If you’re a web designer then make it look like a small Creative web design agency which means decorating it with creativity. A creative space will get you more creative ideas to accelerate your journey. If you choose to work in a lounge then keeping plants around will help in eradicating stress from your mind. Since it’s about you so choose the things that keep you motivated and going.
Tip #2: Plan your Day
A day without planning is a day wasted. If you don’t know what will your entire day, how come you can wind off your client projects successfully. So, wake up early and plan your day. List down all the projects that are lying in front of you and tick the one with the highest priority. See if you can manage it in a day, if not challenge yourself with a deadline. For example, if the client’s deadline is three months, try to complete it 5-10 days before. So in the remaining time, you can revise the project and make it better.
For creating to-do lists, you can also try some free apps and tools that help you to list down your tasks and send you reminders of the deadline. A daily planner will help you build the mindset for the projects you need to complete urgently.
Tip#3: Plug Off your Digital Devices
One thing that breaks our focus the most is scrolling the news feed to see what our friends are up to or watching a TED talk in between or playing games. It distances you from the work you’re doing and bribes you for fun saying, you have a lot of time remaining, and nobody is going to question you for that.
The solution to this problem is plugging off your devices when you’re focusing on your work and fixing hours to check it. For instance, if you continuously work for 60 – 90 mins then you can treat yourself with a break and tune in to your devices in the break time. It’s a Pomodoro productivity method as well.
Following these three tips, you can be your successful boss and motivate people with your examples of rising beyond the challenges.