Working from home is everyone’s dream, right? Having your morning coffee lounging around in your PJs while you check your email and sales stats is the best job ever. But this ideal world can quickly take a negative turn if you lack the discipline to stay focused.
The Big Myth
When you tell your friends and family that you are working from home, their first thought may be an image of you sitting in your PJs staring at a computer screen. They may mistakenly assume that working at home is code for saying that you are on a “permanent vacation.” Now we know that’s not true, but you could be proving them right if you have no control over your business day.
One of the biggest drawbacks to working at home is that home life and work life can very easily to run together. You can avoid this with a little restraint and a plan for taking charge of your daily schedule.
5 Tips for Adding Discipline to Your Work at Home Life
1. Know your personality – Is your personality type organized and motivated? If so, that’s good because being your own boss is much more manageable that way. However, if like me you tend to procrastinate or easily become distracted distracted, a more stringent schedule will help you keep on task.
2. Choose a time to start work each day – Leisurely walking over to your computer and sitting down at varying times each day doesn’t seem like work at all. Get into the right frame of mind with a definite start and ending time to your work day each day.
3. Separate your work space – Even if it is just a half of a room where you have your home office, avoid filling your space with anything that is not work related. When you come to this area, you are ready for business and nothing but. Maintain the separation to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
4. Take a regular break – In the office, employers are required to give employees 15-minute breaks and a lunch period. Observing this at home helps break up the day and helps you remain disciplined in your day. Use that time to take care of a few small chores (for me it’s loading the dishwasher), make personal phone calls, take a walk around the neighborhood, or just rest your brain for a few minutes.
5. Create a task list – When you are sitting at your desk is not the time to suddenly decide what you will do that day. The last task for each business day should be creating a list of tasks for the next day. With a definite list of business goals, you are more likely to stay engaged in business for the required time.
Working from home might seem like the dream job but it can quickly turn into a nightmare when control and productivity flies out the window.