Working from Home Tips

The pros and cons of working from home.

Do you work from home? Do you know someone who does? What ideas are conjured up in your mind when you hear the phrase “work from home”?

If you don’t work from home, you make think it means sleeping as late as you want, wearing pajamas to “work” and taking frequent breaks. If you do work from home, you know that all those things are a possibility, but you also know it takes commitment and hard work to succeed at running a business out of your home or officing from there. While there are many benefits to it, there are also areas of personal discipline that must be addressed in order to be successful.

There are certainly pros and cons to working from home. Here are a few of them:

 

PROS

Wear PJ’s to work

Sleep late whenever you want

Take as many breaks as you want

Save on gas money and time

Flexible work hours

 

CONS

Wear PJ’s to work

Sleep late whenever you want

Take as many breaks as you want

Unexpected visitors

Distractions of domestic duties

 

That was not a misprint; some of the pros are also cons, depending on the day!

Whether you already work from home or are considering doing so, there are certainly ways to make the most of it. Here are seven tips to help you succeed:

  1. Work set hours. The best part is, you get to set those hours! Doing so will help you separate work responsibilities from the rest of your life. If you don’t do this, you may find yourself either working all the time or putting off work all the time in favor of other things. Working set hours enables you to sleep set hours, which gives your body a rhythm and also enables you to schedule time for family and friends. It allows you to schedule in trips to the grocery store or other errands during non-peak times, which means saving time.
  2. Create a space that is beautiful and functional. You should enjoy being in your workspace. Establish an area or a room in your house that is designated as your office or workspace. Design it with plenty of storage, but also plenty of lovely things to enjoy (as you would any other part of your home). Choose furniture that fits your needs. Natural light is energy-boosting and enhances productivity, so don’t forget about window treatments. While being able to gaze outside is good for you, it may be awkward if your neighbors are able to constantly look in on you. Choose window coverings that match the style of the room, but are also functional for when and how you use the room. At Austin Window Fashions, we have lots of solutions for beautiful, functional window treatments for your at home workspace.
  3. Get organized – stay organized. Plan for plenty of storage space in your at home workspace. Purchase office supplies and places to store them so they are always at hand. If you have lots of papers, invest in a filing cabinet and establish a filing system that works for you. Because you have already set your work start and stop times, plan in the end of your day for a 15-30 minute tidy up and look at tomorrow’s tasks – this will help you stay organized. We’ve done a little research for you on our At Home Workspace Pinterest Board.
  4. Stay focused. Limit your time on social media, household chores, shopping, etc. If you are going to get on Facebook or Twitter, be intentional about it. Set a timer and when it goes off, stop. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll be able to keep track internally. You know an hour on Pinterest can seem like five minutes!
  5. Take movement breaks. Taking a break from computer work by doing something different on the computer is not the same thing as taking a movement break. These are the kind of breaks where you get up and (you guessed it!) move. Move your eyes off the computer screen. Move your hands and wrists from typing and mousing position. Move your body from sitting to standing (or from standing to marching). Set a timer so that you don’t get too mesmerized by staring at a screen or doing any one task in a fixed position. Some excellent tips on timing of specific breaks can be found here.
  6. Get dressed. Yes, you can stay in your pajamas all day if you really want to. However, there is something to be said for getting dressed for the work day. You’ll feel more productive and be prepared in case there are unexpected guests.
  7. Take time to enjoy it. You are truly blessed to be able to work from home! Sometimes it may seem frustrating or you might beat yourself up for not getting enough done. Or you might overwork yourself and neglect other responsibilities or enjoyable activities. Don’t dwell on shortcomings; rather, learn from them and move forward the next moment or the next day.

Consider these tips as you work from home and you’ll find it is an enjoyable and successful venture.