Working from home is always a pain. You get dried out alone and your creativity and productivity sometimes goes down. On the initial stage, you will surely miss the energy of your 9-to-5 job when you start your own office at home. If you hold the energy for atleast one year, you can be successful from home, but you wont be having your colleagues to share your ideas or work fun.
So here some important rules that you should follow to be very productive from your home office. I see most these points followed by professional bloggers and also big freelancers. So listing out some points will help you to achieve when you become a full time blogger or start your office at home.
10 Important Rules To Follow If You Want to Become a Professional Blogger/Freelancer Who Work From Their Homes –
1. Maintain Strict office hours –
As you have shifted to home office, you should not work as you like. Maintaining a perfect office hour from 9am to 5pm will make your work more productive.
2. Plan your work –
Prefer working at early mornings than late nights. Because early morning gives you a amazing start and no distractions. So prefer mornings. You can also read 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It
3. Use to-do list –
You should use to-do list app and finish off your work according to it. Organizing and working according to it will yeild more productivity. You can get a free desktop based to-do list application.
4. Stay off from Distractions –
When you work from home, you get easily distracted because of tv and other stuff. Switch off all your distractions. You have to set boundaries when you work from home. Try to avoid having tv or other distracting things from your home office. Keep what is needed for work.
5. Emails and Social Networks –
Don’t open your e-mail or check your Facebook account until you’ve accomplished one major task you wanted to complete that day. First complete your work in the early mornings and then later in the night, you can check all your social accounts and connect with people.
6. Dressing –
As you work from home, dont ignore the basic personal habits. Dont sit down for work in your pajamas. Dress properly like what you did when going for a 9-5 job. Sometimes, you may be talking with your client on webcam, and how can you afford to look like that ?
7. Spend some time with family –
When you work from home, you have to put lot of efforts because you’re the owner and take the whole reponsibility and you have to look into all the things from start till the end. So, dont forget to spend some time with the family. As i said before, treat your home office as a real job and work from 9-5 and spend rest of the time with family and kids.
8. Take care of your health –
I would like to continue the above point, not only spending time with your family, you should also take care of your health. Eat well, exercise, breathe, and try to find time to relax.
9. Setting your work place –
All the above tips are related when you sit working on your home office, before that here are some points that you should look into for setting up your home office. Have proper table and chair, use multi-monitor setup for more productivity, have high speed internet connection, avoid disturbing environment etc.
I leave the last points to readers, You can add your views in the comments. later, i will add it to the post.
Hope all these tips will help you to stay focused and motivated. Ultimately when you’re working from home, self discipline is much important.
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