Many people are wanting to work from home nowadays because it allows us to get rid of he hassle to commuting every day to our office and worrying what to wear each day so that our colleges won’t notice that our wardrobe options are limited.
But working at home is not that easy at all.
In fact, it can be very difficult to get things done when you are working from home because you are just steps away from your bed, your TV or any other thing that might distract you from wok.
So here are 5 common mistakes to avoid if you want to be effective in your work at home.
No work station
Having a working desk or a work station is very important when it comes to working from home.
You might not have a huge house or not much room in your place but you must set a dedicated working space so that you know that you can work there.
All you need is a decent desk or table.
No, it should not be your dining table and it doesn’t have to be separated in a specific room either.
You just need a space to separate you from your other space at home like sleeping, leisure, watching TV and so on.
Take Breaks away from your computer.
The fact that we are facing the computer and at home al the time, wethink we don’t need to take a break but this is wrong.
We need to take breaks away from the computer.
Away from work.
Get up and walk outside for a couple of minutres.
When we say break, it doesn’t mean we stop working and go on to social media sites to check on the things happening on Facebook or Twitter.
We need to literally take a real break.
Not having a regular working hours
It is important to set regular working hours when you are working at home.
Just because you can access your office in a few seconds, it doesn’t mean that you must complete your client’s job at that very moment when you receive the email.
It makes no sense to wake up in the morning and start working unless you like it that way.
Therefore, set a certain amount of time you need to spent working.
If you have task that cannot be completed in that time frame, finish it the next day.
But if it is urgent, you could burn in a couple extra of hours to finish that specific task.
Don’t burn yourself out.
You still need to have a life.
Procrastinating at home is much easier to be done at home if compared to working at an office.
So do not work with a television on in front of you, or work in the kitchen while others are eating.
It is easy to get distracted and lead you away from what you are doing.
This is got to do with a little willpower.
You need to have discipline to focus on your work.
Meetings at home
Another mistake that you can commit when you are working from home is to invite your client’s to come and have a business meeting at your place.
This is a no-no.
Meetings should be held at cafes or some other places.
Take it outside.
Give yourself an opportunity to go out.
Ultimately, working at home gives you a lot of freedom but with freedom, you need discipline in order to excel with the time you have on your hands.
Things get even trickier for parents with kids.
Therefore, it is important to develop a strong discipline in order to work from home effectively.