Working from home is a dream for many people working towards that goal. If you’re holding down a full time job or perhaps attending university or what ever, there is no doubt in my mind that one day you’d like to be able to work from the comfort of your own home full time with your online business, and make a decent living.
Why is it such a big deal? Freedom…
Working from home full time provides us with a lot of freedom, freedom to structure our time around family life and other social commitments; it’s all about life work balance, and also financial freedom, especially if you’re building passive income streams online. However, unlike your old mundane 9 to 5 job, you still need to have some kind of routine put in place and be a lot more organized.
I keep saying this, and I’ll always bring it up; I feel absolutely privileged to be able to roll out of bed each morning and fall straight into work, well practically anyway, whether it’s sat in front of the easel preparing to create another masterpiece painting, or to sit at my desk to roll out another awesome blog post on my blog. However I cannot deny that there have been times where I’ve lost track of my routine, and when this happens staying organized becomes a daily challenge.
So what did I do to get myself back on track? That’s what I’ll be sharing with you in this post.
Today, I’d like to share with you some top tips on how to organize yourself and become more efficient with your time, and also tips on how to keep yourself motivated when working from home. Like being at home isn’t a big enough motivation…
Work Life Balance
Working from home has both its advantages and disadvantages. You can very easily become distracted by the daily hustle and bustle of family life, which can sometimes have an effect on your time management, schedule and productivity.
But with proper organization and planning, you can achieve getting yourself into a regular routine of waking up each morning and being ready to begin working from home, just as you would do if you were going to a place of work.
Like I said understandably, we all have commitments in our lives and I wouldn’t begin to tell you how to live your life, but I just want to provide you with a few steps that will help you get organized when working from home.
5 Tips for Staying Organized, Motivated and Productive When Working from Home
#1. Designate your office, or work space
One of the biggest disadvantages of working from home is not designating an area just for work. It’s so easy to take your laptop everywhere around the house with you, and I suppose that is the freedom you get from working from home, but seriously, if you want to be more organized and be a lot more productive, then you need to designate your work space.
It can be difficult if you’re limited with space, but if possible, find the quietest spot in your home, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the basement or in a utility room or the laundry room even, just as long as it’s a place where you can work quietly with little disturbance.
Taking your laptop to work in the kitchen is not a good call, neither is it good practice to start taking your work to bed… The bedroom is for sleeping and doing other things…
Once you’ve found your little piece of Havana within your home, set up your office. Get yourself a desk and use it for work only.
#2. Have the tools
Now that you have your designated work area sorted out, it’s time to invest in some tools that will help you make working at your designated area more efficient. What I mean by this is having everything available within reach. Such as –
- Some stationary (Pens, paper etc)
- A telephone (You can use your mobile even)
- A calendar
- A day book or diary
- Computer or laptop (Goes without saying)
The idea of having everything available and within reach is that so you don’t have to leave your work space each time you need to find a pen or answer the telephone or check your calendar on the kitchen wall. Can you imagine how much time you’d waste, every time you had to leave your work area, for something that you could have access to from your work space? Be efficient, have the tools of the trade always at your instant disposal.
#3. Time keeping and running a schedule
I’m not one to brag on and on about time keeping, as I’ve never been great at keeping to a schedule myself, but these days I’m really trying, and by having a designated work area really helps.
To keep a schedule, you really need to be motivated and be strict on yourself. Work time is for work time, play time is for play time, going back to work, life balance.
It is a good idea to keep a schedule of the time you need to be in work mode, and time that you’re not. People around you such as your family need to also understand this, and so you need to come to some mutual arrangement with them.
#4. Staying motivated and focused
One of the challenges I face when working from home is staying motivated and focused. I know you might be thinking; what greater motivation does one need more than having the opportunity to work from home?
Well let me tell you that It’s difficult because you’re your own boss and you can easily feel as if you can do what you want. However you need to be strict to stay focused, because doing what you want, won’t get things done and wont earn you money… that means –
- Turning off all distractions, i.e. TV, Radio, Mobile Phone, unless your mobile is for work purposes.
- Avoiding online distractions, i.e. Facebook, watching videos on YouTube, again unless they are for productive purposes, keep well away.
So there you have it, my top tips for organizing yourself better when working from home. Once again I’d like you to share your tips and ideas on any of the tips mentioned here, leave me a comment below as always.
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