Working from home is a dream job for plenty of professionals, part-time students, and stay-at-home parents who are simply tired of doing the 8-to-5 40-hour work week grind. But while there’s an undeniable appeal to working from home, there are also unique challenges that either greet you right off the bat or come much later. Time and stress are two apparent obstacles of working from home. Because you’re at home, it’s easier to get distracted with children, pets, guests, entertainment systems, and whatnot. It also creates more stress at times due to noise and foot traffic.
DESIGNATE AN OFFICE SPACE
It could be your guest room, the attic, or basement, but wherever you decide to set up shop, make sure you designate an office space that’s strategically placed where noise and foot traffic are minimal. Once established, let your family members or roommates know that you plan on using that space for work and that under no circumstances must you be disturbed, except of course for emergencies.
Multitasking sort of just appeared as a buzzword for professionals and businesses. Over the years, however, studies have concluded that multitasking is actually more detrimental to your productivity. Instead, focus on one thing at a time. If you are caught up in an unusually hectic day and have to multi-task, allot some time for that later. For the most part of your daily schedule, you should be focusing on one task.
WRITE THINGS DOWN
Forgotten deadlines and missed appointments are what causes high levels of stress for freelancers and work-from-home employees. Writing things down on paper or setting phone alarms can help you remember key tasks that need to be done without having to constantly exert mental effort to remind yourself.
ASK FOR HELP
When you stumble upon a problem that’s too big for you to answer alone, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can either look at guides online or from books you have in hand. Ask help from colleagues or chat with industry experts through forums and message boards. There is an abundance of resources you can find online that’s free and accurate enough to help you get unstuck from complex problems.
Hardware and software technology all help home-based professionals carry out tasks in a more streamlined manner. From Pomodoro timer app that lets you work on tasks in a systematic and non-stressful way to Google Calendar that aggregates your entire month’s schedule for easy access and reminders, technology is definitely paving the way for better home-based work.
This guest blog was written by Jenny Holt, Freelance Writer