Working From Home
January 13, 2012 by Mike Certoma
Metro Offices caters to many entrepreneurs and government contractors who have home-based businesses. While the freedom of a home office allows you to work from your bed, teleworking also presents challenges that can be hard to overcome. Avoid throwing your self-discipline out the window by sticking hard and fast to the following suggestions:
- Get out of your pajamas. It may seem like an insignificant factor, but lounging around all day in your yoga pants and no shower can make you feel like you don’t really need to be serious about getting any work done. Routine is your best friend. Set your alarm, shower, get dressed, put on some makeup (if applicable), and sit down to work. Set a schedule and stick with it.
- Schedule face-to-face time. Working from home has the ability to atrophy your social life and social skills. You may forget how to form complete sentences or the way sunlight feels on your face. Head to the gym on your lunch break or schedule a shared office space with Metro Offices. Something that will get you out of the house and interacting with people on a regular basis.
- Identify motivation problems. Anything can distract you while at home: chores, kids, broken water heaters…but sometimes you need to step back and ask yourself if the reason you are avoiding work is really due to that leaky faucet or just a lack of stimulating projects. Being in an office forces you to get your work done regardless, but no one is looking over your shoulder while you sit on your couch. Sometimes all it requires is a few days of resolve to get back into your groove, or a change of scenery by working from a coffee shop.
What suggestions do you have for keeping a rigid schedule and getting your work done? Leave us a comment below!