Anyone who has worked from home knows that it comes with its own challenges. Yes, you get to skip the commute. The same goes with office politics and cubicle-life altogether.
But the inspiration and ability to work effectively, every single day, can definitely take a toll without direct supervision, and a new article from The Next Web’s Lifehacks offers a number of tips that will give you some of the confidence and direction to best use your time when working on your own terms.
While the article highlights seven useful points, three of them stand above the rest:
1. Start the Day Properly.
While last on the TNW list, it makes sense to consider this first. One selling point of working remotely from home is getting to work ‘in your pajamas’, but it’s not usually a wise choice. Taking a shower, eating breakfast, and dressing professionally (or at the very least completely) have a cumulative effect on your attitude and readiness to get work done.
2. Value Your Time.
Although your hours are flexible, you still have roughly the same amount of productive time in your workday (and maybe even less, depending on other factors). Setting aside one block of time for work still works best, but it is important to take small breaks each hour to keep your mind refreshed and avoid potential repetitive stress injuries.
Luckily, as the article points out, technology can save you time and, as we’ve pointed out, let you keep track of it.
3. Know When to Stop.
Every work day must come to an end, and it’s important to mark that distinction in your own schedule. Unless there is a hard deadline the following day, avoid the urge to stay up and finish something you can pick up the next day. You’ll likely work more productively after a night of rest, anyway.
And as the author suggests, reward yourself when you achieve your daily goals. If you incentivize your success, you’ll find ‘the daily grind’ a little more agreeable each day!