If you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘working from home’ there are often a few raised eyebrows in the office once your back is turned. However many of us are doing just that on a permanent basis albeit with varying degrees of success.
Being able to earn a living from the comfort of your own home is now a viable employment option. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a new mum, the opportunity to be able to earn or supplement your income from home is appealing. Many will undertake home study courses to gain new qualifications, and this can be anything from a bachelor of business management degree to a language or literacy course.
There are countless forms of employment which can be carried out from home providing you have the necessary equipment (computer, telephone), the available hours and most important of all, discipline.
Working from home may sound like an easy option, after all spending all day in your PJs surfing the internet with an endless supply of caffeine – what’s not to like? In reality though, endless distractions can mean that a day working from home soon turns into an unproductive blur leaving you spending your evening frantically playing catch up. However, with some careful planning and organisation working from home can live up to its expectations, it is all about getting the balance right.
Work to your strengths
The beauty of working from home is that you are the boss, so structure your day in a way that works for you. If you are an early bird, start work straight away when you are feeling motivated and at your most productive. You will be amazed at how much you can achieve.
Organise your working space
It is important to have a dedicated work space. It doesn’t have to be an entire room but ensure that you have a designated area set aside for work alone, and make sure that everyone else is aware of it too.
Make an effort
Jokes aside, sitting at your desk in your PJs with bedhead hair while you work will not make for a productive day. Stick to your usual routine, shower, get dressed and you will feel ready to tackle the day ahead.
Set clear boundaries not only for yourself but also for your household so that everyone knows what to expect from your work at home set-up. Try to stick to the same routine each day and communicate with others to avoid unnecessary interruptions and misunderstandings.
Know when to stop
It is all too easy when you are at home all day to let your work and home life merge into one. Try to set specific ‘office hours’ and stick to them. That way you should avoid working full time all the time.
Take a break
Working at home doesn’t mean that you are deskbound all day long. If you were in the office you would have a lunch break so make sure you do the same. You could even take your laptop and work from a local coffee shop for a change of scene. A little social interaction can prove a welcome break.