Summary: The greatest pitfall of working from home is the distraction of the home. Cleaning often becomes an excuse for working, doesn’t it? This article will give you some tools to overcome the challenges of working from home so that you can get the most out of both your work and your home!
Take a tip from Google. According to spokesman Jordan Newman, Google wants to “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.” This got me thinking. All of us should be so lucky to have such employers but being a work-from-home mom has its perks, too. I get to balance work and life the way I want and I don’t have a boss over my head. But if we’re really honest, and those of us who have worked from home for a long time will know what I mean—it can become boring. So, what can I do to keep the romance alive in my work-from-home job? How can I still keep the excitement and bring my A-game to work (even though it’s a short walk from the kitchen to my study desk) every day? Here are a few things that have helped me:
1. Change up your workspace – Your workspace will affect the quality of your work. Working from bed is acceptable once in a while but in the long run you have to invent a real workplace. For some it might be the kitchen floor, the basement, the local public library and others need a dedicated room for working.Wherever your chosen location is, decorate it. My favorite workspace decoration theme is called “Just the Basics” but that’s because I’m a minimalist. I do like the occasional family picture or colorful piece of art. Let your workspace ooze with your personality and no matter how you choose to decorate it you must keep it organized!
2. Organize the Day to maximize it – In a researched paper about working from home, many of those interviewed said that one of the greatest perks of working from home was being able to organize your own day. If you want to make your life more exciting and productive, you must schedule both work and fun.
You know why? Because this is what happens over time: You start your day with food and get to work first thing in the morning. Afternoon rolls around and you decide to buy groceries and grab a bite on the way back. You get home and continue to work. All of a sudden it’s 5pm and you need to fix dinner and all you want to do is lie down or vent while watching your favorite T.V. show. It’s even more complicated with kids! Days go by and while you meet the occasional friend or family member—it’s not that much better than working from an office.
You can break this pattern by scheduling time for your hobbies. Learn a language, attend guitar classes, search out a salsa dancing partner, experiment with foreign foods, blog about cooking or bike half-way across town. Make time for the things that help you develop holistically and you’ll find yourself enjoying your work more.
3. Dress up or dress down – We’ve considered your surroundings and your time, now let’s consider yourself and how dressing up can add excitement to your job. From what I’ve understood people who work longer hours from home prefer to dress up. If your work is part-time or does not require you to be on call during any specific work hours then you could wear casual clothing. Clothing can help you feel more or less focused. You want to counter every distraction while you work so experiment with different clothes and find out what helps battle distraction. Do everything you can to focus.
4. Enjoy your work – If you don’t have a good attitude toward your work, you’ll dread doing it every single day. You could get qualified to be a medical transcriptionist at CareerStep and they could help you find work from home but hopefully you can enjoy doing medical transcription. Every job can get boring but you can learn to keep it interesting by taking some of the tips I’ve mentioned above.
Working from home has its own challenges. But if you recognize the obstacles that keep you from getting bored or distracted then you can proactively get the most out of earning a living at home.
About the Author:
Frida has been working as a career guidance counselor for about 12 years. She’s stayed on top of growing industry trends through market research and interaction with young students and working professional alike. Her hobbies include swimming, meditation and music. She believes that everyone can enjoy a lucrative career by paying close attention to their passions and aptitudes. Of late, Frida has been focused on researching work-from-home opportunities for stay-at-home moms or professionals who would like to supplement their income