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By Jonathan London on 15th October 2014
Working from home can be absolutely great and one of the best things about being a freelancer. You more or less get to choose when you work, there isn’t a great commute from the bedroom to the office (although you can’t pretend you were stuck in traffic if you are late for any telephone conferences) and if you have children who need dropping off and picking up from school at certain times, working on your own time is a massive help.
However, while the advantages are plentiful, there can often be distractions and if you’re not too careful, you may soon forget that you are actually at work, not at home. Here are some of the best practices for freelancers who work from home to ensure that you get the most out of your working hours.
This doesn’t mean you have to bring out your best suit just to make the journey from the bedroom to your downstairs office, but it certainly does pay to get properly dressed when working at home. If you just roll out of bed and spend the working day sat in your superman themed pyjamas, chances are you won’t feel like you’re actually working (and there is also the fear that you would end up not actually changing clothes for days on end, which is neither pleasant for you or your family).
By simply making sure you take the time to put on a clean pair of trousers or even jeans, as well as a nice shirt or jumper, you will be in the working mindset and ready to do your best.
Increase your productivity by investing in a great office space and making it as professional as you can – the less distractions the better. Make sure that the designated room is for work only and try your best not to bring anything in from the rest of the house that will remind you that you’re not at the office – this works the other way too and it’s important also to not take your work into the rest of the house or you run the risk of not being able to distinguish work from home.
The better you can convince yourself that you are not at home, but at work, the easier it will be to not get distracted and work to the best of your ability. Obviously there will be times when the home phone will ring or other things will get in the way, but it’s important to remember that you are being paid for your time.
Making a schedule is another great way to increase motivation and productivity when working from home, and while the ability to do this will depend on the type of work and client you are working for, it’s something that is extremely useful to do.
The schedule doesn’t have to be completely rigid, but ensuring you have some form of routine can really help drive you away from any of the distractions that working from home can have.
Scheduling in lunch and tea breaks are a great way to stop the temptation of procrastination- if you’re still sat in front of Loose Women at 1pm when lunch was meant to finish at 12.30pm, then you know you’ve taken longer than you should!
One of the problems with working from home is that sometimes you may feel that you haven’t stepped outside of the house for days on end, which is neither good for morale nor your psychological state.
Getting out of the house is so important and can be brought into your daily schedule through a lunchtime walk or a morning jog before you start the day. Just taking a bit of time out for yourself can really do wonders and help you recharge for the rest of the day.
Likewise, it’s important to make plans for the weekend that ensure you spend some time away from the house.
Do you have any other tips we’ve missed. Leave a comment and let us know!
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