Working from home: 5 tips to make it work

March 29, 2019

Working from home: 5 tips to make it work

When you are working in a cubicle surrounded by tons of people who are constantly talking, making phone calls or even yelling at each other, working from home can sound like a paid retirement. 

You can do whatever you want. Nobody supervises you, you can drink chai lattes in an amazing bohemian coffee shop, read your favourite art magazines, brainstorm while you are still in bed and go for a long lunch meeting with friends. Due to romantic comedies, lots of people imagine freelancers job exactly like this. 

But the reality is more likely to be: wasting time on the Internet, constant search for new clients, no separation from your job and personal spaces, working overtime with no extra pay and of course an occasional panic attacks about having no job security, pension, career or hope. 

Everybody who works as a freelancer could tell you that. The only way to survive this situation and actually enjoy it is to have strict rules and timetable. Because from now on - you are your own boss, and this will not be fun. 

1. MAKE A PLAN. The most important thing is to have goals - both long and short-term. Many motivation speakers and self-help books (doesn’t matter how sometimes cheesy they may sound) will tell you one thing - make a list. Every morning, while you are drinking your morning coffee with a toast - write down your day plan. What you have to do, what is the most important assignments today, what is your day goal: to write an article, to finish layout design, to do one part of a web, to do the research on… Whatever it is. You have to write it down and stick to the plan. Some people say that after finishing one of the assignments, they cross off a task and go to the next one. Figure out what helps you and stick to that. 

2. FORGET YOUR HOUSEWORK. As tempting as it may be, you have to turn away from the dirty sink, the carpets or not so sparkly windows. Imagine that from 9 am to 6 pm your home is your office. You wouldn’t go and start cleaning windows in the office? Don’t be that weird guy. Blurring work and housework is often a way of avoiding confronting things that need to be done. 

3. TIME OFF. When you are working at home, it is quite easy for life to become one long Monday. You even start to like it. You always find something to do. Or catch-up on, or maybe do something more - because your office is just a few steps away. Take your time to relax, leave your home office if you like, take a trip, visit your relatives. Otherwise, you’re nothing more than the red-eyed shift workers.  

4. MEET OTHERS. Working alone sometimes can get lonely, but after a while, you get kind of use to that. It feels normal. You don’t have to argue with anybody, nobody disagrees with you, and you start to feel the power of that. Suddenly you are the king of your own castle. But don’t forget that it is healthy to listen to someone else’s opinion, have a work discussion or even gossip for a while. Find a group, join a club, take tennis lessons, meet with people who do similar jobs and try to meet with your clients face-to-face.  

5. EXERCISE. When you spend your days looking at your computer screen, it is crucial to take care of your health. Don’t forget to exercise. Schedule time for the gym or if you like - jogging, playing tennis or whatever suits you and stick to that plan. Doing something a bit more vigorous will keep your mind more alert and give you more energy for the rest of the day. 

Maybe you work from home yourself and have some amazing advice that hasn't been mentioned above? Let us know!


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