Do you think it will be easy to work from home? Let me tell you that it’s not easy. Some people think it is, and in the long term it is true. But first it requires disciplining yourself and others.
You may wonder Why? Because as soon as you say you work from home , the first thing many people think is that now you make your own schedule and have time for many things, so they begin to ask you favors because they think you have time for all.
For instance, maybe your husband thinks you now have more time to clean, can cook lunch and do all the household errands during working hours. No, it doesn’t work that way.
All it means working from home is that this is your workplace. Which are the advantages? Save petrol and lunch costs, traffic congestion, perhaps clothing, depending on the type of business you have or the work you do, etc.
You must take into account that you have a job, whether it is your business or you work for other person. It is as serious as if you were working at an office, and you have to organize as if it were, and even more. In your schedule of work you do not have time to do what you might not do if you went to an office every day.
Here I list a very useful system, tested by myself and others, to learn to work from home with discipline and effectiveness:
- Pick a room in your house, preferably with a door you can close. Equip it with a desk, chair, telephone with voice mail with message recorder (or cell), computer, printer and any office supplies you may need to work.
- Write a sign that says “Office Hours” and hang it on the door of the room you have chosen for your office. You have no idea how beneficial it will be to your organization.
- Decide your work schedule.
- Stick to the schedule that you have assigned, including lunch break.
- Keep a daily planner that includes not only your business appointments, but your personal commitments. That will remind you not accept personal appointments during working hours, unless they are medical appointments or commitments related to your children’s school.
- Avoid distractions by closing the door of your office. Do not think about what you have to do at home.
- At the end of your working day, prepare your planner for the next day and close your office door.
- Talk to your family and friends and set the rules. Tell them not to call you during business hours unless there are emergencies or issues that cannot wait. The calls should be brief. For peace of mind, accepts calls from immediate family (children, spouse, parents, significant people), but talk briefly and finish the call if you receive a call related to your business.
- Don’t accept doing favors that discontinue your working hours, unless it is an emergency.
- Discipline yourself to work, but do not get used to work overtime because you are at home. When working from home, sometimes we start the habit of working overtime, especially if you live alone. Work overtime, only if you have an important job with a deadline you have to meet, or if you are in the midst of a creative work in order not to lose your inspiration. Do not exhaust yourself physically or mentally because you will feel overwhelmed, your productivity and your quality will be reduced and you will not be able to rest even at home.
- If your job allows, set days and times dedicated to specific tasks. Depending on your type of business, for example, spend a day or a morning to issue invoices. If you like something less, do it in the morning. If you have to leave to make arrangements, try to schedule them all for the same day, so that you interrupt once the concentration required for your office work. The customer-related outputs cannot always be planned to our own convenience, but can be used for further tasks on the street.
What’s your opinion?
Do you have any method to discipline yourself?
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