- Set up a comfortable workspace – If you don’t have an entire room to set up as your home office, you can at least set up some corner with your most needed things to make you feel comfortable while you work. These can be a calendar, a plant or an inspiration board. And make sure you are away from people, dishes, TV etc. to avoid distractions. The boundaries that you create, even if they are invisible, will help you to better concentrate while you work and to relax better while you have a break.
- Create a routine – No matter if you prefer or have to work during the day or at night, you have to find what works best for you and create a routine for it. Routines will help you to go through the day and finish your work like if you were going to an office space.
- Get intimate with your to-do list – Keep your to-do lists simple and obtainable. Set up a list of what you need to achieve each day. This should be done even if the tasks are repetitive such as emailing new clients or updating your own site.
- Take breaks – Within your daily routine you should dedicate time for work and time for breaks. You can set a timer for certain tasks and then get short breaks after you accomplish the tasks. Working eight or ten hours without a break decreases productivity. The biggest chunks of work should be two-three hours and then some break to recharge yourself. It is advisable that during the breaks you change your place even if you stay at home i.e. go to another room or for a walk around your building. The mental breaks you take could involve even moving the laundry to the dryer or washing the dishes.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to be healthy – As you work from home and kitchen is few steps away, you are tempted to go there and use it often. But that can turn into your advantage if you prepare healthy food and snacks.
- Decide to enjoy solitude, but make time for people – Assuming you work alone from home means spending many hours a day only with yourself. You have to enjoy that and still leave time for meeting other people. Since one of the biggest advantages of working as a freelancer from home is flexibility, then use it and meet other people at least once a week to have a coffee and a chat. Or you can spare some time during your day for a meeting at the gym.
- Find your tribe – You can find an online community with which you have something in common so you can chat either for work or for personal related stuff. The good thing of online communities is that if you use them properly, you don’t have to be stuck there. As you work alone from home, this is an opportunity to chat with people as you don’t meet many in your everyday life. You can use slack, facebook or other channels to achieve that.
- Set boundaries – It is important to set and keep boundaries between you and your family when working from home. Working from home still means that you have your job and tasks that need to get done on an everyday basis. And home distractions are not excuses for not getting things done. It may take time for your friends and family to understand that you are not available for them at certain parts of the day but eventually they will get used with it. Setting time boundaries of when you are available for your family and when you are not will help you to keep the working routine and be productive.
Getting used to work from home takes some time but with following the above advices and being persistent, you will achieve that and be productive as if you work from an office or even more.