Simple Work from Home Success Strategies

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Working from home can be a fabulous experience for most people! You have a lot more control over your work hours and can experience a LOT more balance in your life as a result. Most people we know (ourselves included) have never regretted leaving a traditional “9 to 5” job to start a business at home.

However, working from home does take a little bit of an adjustment. You’ll likely need to develop a few new habits or ways of working to enjoy your new work, and make it work for you. We found it a bit of a transition moving from our previous jobs as full-time lawyer and police officer to work-from-home entrepreneurs. In order to “work less and live more” we’ve implemented some simple strategies that helped us transition with more ease.

Here’s our Top 5 List of Work from Home Best Practices:

  1. Create a “work-from-home” environment that works for you.
    • Make your physical surroundings a personal reflection of the most productive you. Consider what’s most important to you and integrate that into your space.
    • If you are a social person, get out of the house and work in a coffee shop, library or other area that offers opportunities to network.
    • If you prefer solitude, it’s still important to get out at least once a week. You don’t have to talk to anyone, but being around others can fight loneliness and will motivate you to be more productive.
    • Dress in a way that makes you feel professional, comfortable and productive all at once.

     

  2. Control your schedule.
    • Set office hours and advise your friends, family and colleagues what those hours are.
    • If you have a family be sure to build your schedule around your most important activities. This isn’t always easy, but this is one of the big perks of having your own business, so be sure to block out your personal priorities first, and then look for ways to work your business hours around those.
    • Take 10-minute breaks for every 90 minutes of focused work time. According to Tony Schwartz in his bestseller, “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working”, taking time for renewal will increase our productivity several times over.

     

  3. Get Organized.
    • Implement an effective filing system, to-do list and scheduling system.
    • If you’re unsure how to do this hire a professional or read one of the many books written on the topic.
    • Avoid multitasking and stay focused. Limit the number of times you check your email. Let people know that you only answer emails and return calls at certain hours (then turn off your email and phone outside of those hours to help you stay on task).

     

  4. Create a dedicated workspace that serves you.
    • This is more important than you think, you need a professional space to call your own.
    • Even if you don’t have the luxury of a separate home office you can still create an amazing space to work in. It needs to be quiet, away from the TV, kitchen or bedroom.
    • Invest in quality equipment. If you are working with a tight budget direct your funds into a great computer and ergonomic chair. Also have a backup system in place for electronic files.
    • Stay tuned for future blog posts dedicated to making your home office the most amazing space in your house.

     

  5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    • Try to stand up when you’re on the telephone. We like to pace around the house when we’re on a call. It’s a good opportunity to get away from our desks and stretch our muscles.
    • Don’t munch on snacks if you can help it. Make specific time for food. When you’re working, you’re distracted from monitoring exactly how much food you’re eating (if you find this to be a challenge, consider writing down everything you eat for the entire day this will show you how much you are consuming and will help you stay on track).
    • Take time to go outside. Schedule 20-minute walks or lunch outside as part of your day. Getting out and soaking in some vitamin D will recharge your batteries for the rest of your day.

 

By implementing these 5 simple strategies, you’ll find working from home can be a total joy. You won’t just survive – you’ll thrive and continue to enjoy all the perks that come from having your own home-based business.

What are some other practices you’ve put into place? We’d love to hear your thoughts!