This is a topic that I could talk about for hours. There are so many distractions when you are working, especially if you work from home. The laundry is piling up, the dishes need to be done, the dog needs to be let outside, and of course the television is constantly calling your name.
How do you combat these constant disturbances?
Here are few tips:
1. Establish a space in your home that is solely for your business. This could be as dedicated as a whole room, or as small as a tiny nook. It doesn’t matter what the size, as long as its large enough for you to get your work done, and you feel comfortable working there routinely. For example, I have set up my office on the far side of our bedroom (that’s my workspace above). This might be impractical for some, but I actually love it. We really don’t use the space at all, except for sleeping, so I get a lot of great work done because its basically “my own”.
2. Set ground rules. Establishing a boundary during “work hours” with family members may sound silly. But, trust me; it’s necessary. This means letting family and friends know that you’re not available to “chat” during your work hours on the phone or in person, unless its lunchtime. And if you have children or a spouse at home while you are working, set boundaries with them as well. “Sweetie, I’d love to play with you, but mommy’s at work right now. I’ll come get you when I am finished, and then we can play.” I know this may be a hard one to follow, especially if your children are small, but do the best you can.
3. Make a list and set a schedule. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do’s, making a list can really help. And if you have reoccurring tasks, creating a schedule for yourself would really be beneficial. Studies show that your brain is in its most efficient state when you first wake up in the morning. So, you may want to think about doing your most important or creative tasks right when you wake up, and save emails and blog posts for later in the day. Those “mindless” activities like filling out shipping labels, might be best left until the afternoon. But everyone is different. So figure out what works best for you, and take it from there.
4. Make the most of it. When you are feeling especially motivated, make the most of that time. Get a jump start on those orders that aren’t due for another month, write and schedule some blog posts in advance, or organize your supplies now so you can work more efficiently later.
5. Get out. If you’re feeling cramped or uninspired and can take your show on the road, than do that! Get out of your house and find somewhere else to work for the day. This could be some place like the library, a small cafe, a quiet park, or even as close as your own backyard. When you eliminate the distractions of home, by removing your self from said home every once in a while, it can be a HUGE motivator.
What are your tips for successfully working from home?