Working from home is wonderful, fantastic, fun, incredible ... but there are several negative points that nobody thinks at first sight.
To begin with, you need to be very disciplined and focused. Otherwise, it does not work at all. And that's just the basics for anyone who wants to venture out to work from home. There are several other obstacles that we discover everyday.
So to answer frequently asked questions and help those who also want to do home office, I decided to share my tips here to be highly productive working from home.
Find Your Ideal Routine
One of the things that bothered me the most when working for corporations was the standardization of work. All employees have the same hours, use the same equipment, follow the same rules, etc. You see, all this is essential to running a business and I do not question its need. What I always questioned was why I needed to fit into it.
People are different and have different job styles and preferences. I like to wake up early and start my day soon to have more free time in the afternoon. There are people who need a little more sleep to be prepared and prefer to work until late at night. No one is more right than anyone else.
But when you work a long time in a company and start working at home, you tend to do the same routine that you are used to and that may not be ideal.
Try to understand your body and your mind, pay attention to the times when they work best to focus your work. Analyze if your day gets better if you take 15 minutes before you start to meditate or do some physical activity, if you feel better having lunch at 12h or at 13h ... etc. Find a routine that makes you work better and that's it! Forget corporate standards.
Love your space
Consider investing in a good workspace in your home, after all you will spend many hours in it.
When my husband and I moved into our current apartment it was the size of the space I would have for my office that made me opt for this. In the previous apartment my desk was at a corner of the living room, but our bedroom was bigger. So when I had to decide it was very simple: I just sleep in my room, but I spend 8 hours in the office on average, and there are days that I can have up 12 work hours.
My home office is the way it works for me: white furniture (because I concentrate better), large desk, very bright and white light and decoration that pleases me.
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Your space should be perfect for you. Try to understand which type of table you like, try varying positions to find the best desk layout and, most importantly, buy a good chair.
Other things I love in my office: essential oil diffuser (the peppermint helps me in concentration), aromatic candles, white board and light on the wall.
Home office does not always have to be home
It's nice to work from home, but we can get sick from time to time. On such days leave to work outside the home. Look for a cafe with nice ambience and good wi-fi or a co-working space. You will be amazed how you can produce more and still feel more relaxed, simply because you had a different day from others.
Understand (and make others understand) that you are not on holiday at home
A fatal mistake when working from home is to think that magically you will have more free time. Having time flexibility does not mean having more time. And that has to be clear to you and other people.
Avoid making appointments during "working hours" unless they are needed and learn to compensate them. I, for example, prefer to go to the salon to do my nails on a weekday because there are fewer people and everything is faster, but I put that commitment in my schedule and accommodate the others at other times.
Other people also need to know that you are at home working. Avoid accepting favors for friends and family who have formal employment as if you had more free time than them. We all have our commitments.
I know, it sounds like a crazy tip, but I swear, it's a good tip. And I can say that is a proven tip (at least for me it works). Every day before I start work I dress and do my makeup. Contrary to what many people think, I do not work in pajamas.
It's amazing the result in my routine. When I sit down at my desk, I feel ready to work as if I had arrived at a formal workplace. And, in fact, I feel much more productive than on the days when I get lazy and skip my morning ritual.
The only difference is that I work barefoot and do not have to worry about dress code. I can wear shorts, short skirts ... I definitely dress like I want!
Schedule is your best friend.
When you work in a structured work environment the schedule helps a lot if you have it. But when you work on your own it is simply indispensable.
If you are not yet accustomed to using an agenda regularly in an organized way it is better to learn. Keep the agenda always at hand, write down everything and organize your schedules. You have no one else to remind you of your commitments.
Not every day is productive and that's ok
It took me a while to get used to the days when I'm not productive. Everyone has days like this, including those who work in a company, but it seems that when we are working on our own we feel more guilty when we are not producing.
Over time I realized that it was useless to try to force my productivity and I ended up doing tasks that I would have to redo the next day.
Now, when I have days like this I just relax. It's amazing how the next day I produce double effortlessly.
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And if you're wondering how to stop doing something if we have responsibilities, the answer is simple: predict unproductive days.
I do everything in advance, so I have plenty of extra time in case of unforeseen circumstances. I write several blog posts in a single day, which gives me about a week of gap. I also sort out my business issues in advance: I plan collections, my post on social networks, emails, everything. If I wake up one day feeling tired I know I can stop for a day and I will not lose money because of that.
In fact this tactic is super important even because several unforeseen events can happen: we can get sick, for example. And when we work on our own we have no one to replace us.
Well, these are my tips for anyone who wants to start working from home or has started but is feeling unproductive. Remember that the most important thing is to find what works for you.
Do you have any other tips to share? Leave in the comments!