We've already discussed the biggest distractions for people who work from home. This time around, we take a look at rules you should follow when your home is your office so that you can maximise your productivity.
Working from home is something that a lot of people desire and small business owners often have the luxury of doing so. But the home is full of traps that can distracts us from getting work done, which is why setting up some ground rules is so important.
Over at small business blog Flying Solo, Emma Heuston-Levack, talked about her experience of working from home for the past 18 months and the commandments that she follows in order to stay disciplined and keep herself in line:
- #1 Separating your workspace Having an exclusive home office space is ideal but it could be anything from a sunroom to a spare room. Heuston-Levack also recommends having a goal of keeping your workspace clutter-free. A separate space is important to help you 'leave the office' each day so you're not tempted to work around the clock.
- #2 Set your space up with good equipment Don't skimp on the ergonomic chair and stable internet connection. Make sure your home work space is set up with the right things to ensure you can work smoothly and comfortably throughout the day.
- #3 Exercise discipline Don't just roll out of bed and start working in your pyjamas at noon; get up, get dressed and sit down at your workspace by a certain time each day. Structure is vital for a productive work life at home.
- #4 Ensure you take regular breaks You won't have office buddies remind you that it's lunchtime, so you should be mindful to take regular breaks or risk burning out.
- #5 Get out of the house You don't get to interact with people on a daily basis like you do in a real office so make sure you schedule some social catch-ups regularly. Otherwise, you'll end up becoming a hermit.
You can read more about Heuston-Levack's work from home commandments over at Flying Solo.
[Via Flying Solo]