Working from home can be extremely rewarding and most people think that it’s a walk in the park because you can do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. However, few people actually have what it takes to be successful and productive when working from home.
We’ve scoured many of the top tips and advice from those who have established successful businesses working from home and compiled a few of the most common tips we found into a list that can help you be happy, productive, and successful right from your home office!
1. Create an Exclusive Office Space
One of the best pieces of advice to working from home is to establish a work space that is used exclusively for work. Many people do this with a home workout space to great effectiveness, and the same principle applies to getting work done.
If you have a space that is committed to providing a quiet, private work area, you’ll be far less prone to distractions around the room, and your brain will psychologically associate that space with work time (the same idea applies to only sleeping while in your bed to improve sleep). This leads us to the next important tip.
2. Eliminate Distractions
Part of establishing a workspace means eliminating distractions that could take your mind off of work. Avoid using personal social media on your work computer, even while at home. You don’t need the distraction of Facebook notifications drawing your attention away from the task at hand.
In addition, try not to check your phone except during small breaks each hour. The fastest way to get derailed from work is by checking that group chat your friends are having in the middle of the day.
3. Establish a Routine
This is one of the common habits of successful people, and it applies ten-fold to working from home. Having established work hours can help you set aside the correct amount of time to get done what you need to get done and balance work against the stress of your daily tasks.
4. Use Task Management Software
Whether you work from a computer or not, task management software is extremely helpful to making sure that your projects get done on time. Every company from internet marketing to window installation can benefit from effective use of Project Management software to keep projects on track.
There are many free options out there than can help you organize and arrange your daily tasks so that you know what you are up against each and every day.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
Perhaps the most important piece to successfully working from home is that you have to hold yourself accountable, especially if you work for yourself. Your business is only as successful as the work you put into it, and just because you work from home doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to be lazy.
Just like working out – where simply being AT the gym isn’t good enough – working from home requires the mindset that nobody is more accountable for your actions that you are.