How to make working from home work
More often, it seems entrepreneurs and small business owners are falling back on the home office. It is their base of operations, their command center, but it’s still where you call home. Having home life and work life butting against each other can be a difficult adjustment. The sink is full, the lawn needs to be mowed, vacuuming needs to be done.
Here are some helpful tips on adjusting to the home office:
1. Give yourself structure
Segment out your day in a way that makes sense to you. Make sure you know when all your meetings are, when you have to be on a call and make sure those times are set aside for those activities. Then, over the course of the day, make sure you know when you’re working and when you aren’t. Make sure your office is set up in a room with a door that you can close. If people bugging you is a possibility, make up a Do Not Disturb sign. It might feel strange doing that at home, but it could offer you the peace and quiet you need to do your job.
2. Use the amenities of home
Just because you’re working doesn’t mean you should lose sight of the fact that you have you’re whole home right in front of you. Take a lunch break and watch something on Netflix. Turn up your stereo. Buy that yogurt that your coworkers usually steal. Make an individual cup of coffee because you don’t have to make one for the whole office. When you’re working from home, hours can be flexible. Just don’t lose your sense of structure.
3. Leave the house
Some of the appeal of an office is seeing different people and talking around the water cooler. You have a chance to break away from the usual. When you work from home, you fall into the same patterns. If you start to feel overwhelmed or stuck, find a coffee shop with WiFi or somewhere with the same resources you have at home. Spending three hours working at the library may be all you need to knock you out of a funk.
4. Get dressed
One of the big draws of working from home is staying in your pajamas all day. While one or two days like this might work, you’re much more productive if you take a shower and put on some real clothes. The habit of getting ready for the day can jump start your creativity.
Do you have any tips for working from home? What works and what doesn’t? Share your thoughts below.
Posted on December 10, 2012, in Biz Tips, Entrepreneur, Internet, Market Trends, Small Business and tagged business tips, entrepreneur, home, home office, how to work from home, small business, working from home. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.