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When choosing to have a home business you need to take steps to make sure you are prepared both mentally and emotionally for this challenge. Working from home requires discipline, hard work and determination.
Although your reasons for wanting to work from home may be valid, you must still be prepared to succeed at what you set out to accomplish or else this is just a hobby.
Maybe it’s working towards achieving financial independence, ridding yourself of a long commute or maybe dissatisfaction with your current job.
Whatever your reasons are for wanting to work from home you should keep in mind one thing about almost “all” work at home individuals.
Once you’ve taken the steps to work from home and after the newness wears off, you come to realize that often times when people start working from home their level of productivity drops.
Why is this and what can be done to change it?
Oftentimes people’s work productivity is a direct reflection of their peers and/or co-workers. While working outside the home, you had other people from which to compare your level of productivity against or with.
Now that you’re working from home you don’t have a measuring stick or guide as to how productive you are, so the majority of people’s activity and productivity levels drop.
Plus let’s take into consideration that while at home there are many distractions during the day, that unbeknownst to you can lead you astray or as I like to say “down the rabbit hole”.
Television, newspapers, internet, phone calls, and laundry all lead you astray from your good intentions to get work done. And, if you have littles, well that’s just another type of distraction altogether!
Plan for the day you want to have
One important thing you can do to help you increase your productivity and give you a starting guide to accomplish your work goals from home is to plan your day out, and write down what you want to achieve for that day and stick to your plan.
While some activities require a certain number of hours to accomplish them other activities require a specific outcome. Although both will require of your time you need to decide which to put at the top of your priority list to get done first.
For example: Say you want to write one complete blog post from beginning to end, that includes images for the post plus other images for social media. And you know that will take you about 3-5 hours total.
Now let’s say that another of your activities is to install an Opt-In button on your blog, but you really don’t know how much time you’ll need for this particular activity.
So… How do you prioritize these two activities?
Well, if you know that you’ll have at a minimum of 3-5 hours of uninterrupted time then I’d put the blog post down as the first thing to get done.
Once this is done and complete then move on to your second activity which is the Opt-In button.
Even if you don’t have a whole block of time to work on this activity you can still work on it in bits and pieces since you know what outcome you want.
For the most part it’s better to set daily goals as specific outcomes, rather then just setting time limits.
We tend to overestimate the level of importance for certain activities and therefore we tend to increase the time we give them, when instead we might have been finished earlier with better results if we had focused on the outcome rather than the time put in.
Dress for Success
Another tip and I find this one works for me. To feel more productive while working from home dress like you are going to the office. You can forgo the nylons and 3″ heels for comfortable flats or even a smaller heel if you’d like.
Every morning, get up, shower, put on your work/office clothes, makeup (if it helps, I rarely wore makeup, to begin with so I tend to forgo it 95% of the time), brush/style your hair, put on your jewelry (again if you wish, I do tend to wear jewelry when I work).
Wearing work clothes helps put you into a different state of mind and will undoubtedly make you more productive. This is your minds cue that it’s now time to get down to work!
Having space all to yourself can help you accomplish so much more than if you have to work from your dining room table, or your living room couch.
Even if it’s a small space that’s yours alone and preferably one that allows you to close the door on outside distractions will allow you to achieve more than you’d think possible.
You can allow yourself to concentrate on what you’re working on and what you want to accomplish, and really time flies once you get your groove going.
Many people who work from home feel isolated, shut in, deprived of outside contact with other people.
It is important to get out of the house a couple of times during the day and go for a walk or drive.
Going to the mall is great for a quick walk and people watching.
Another tip is to take your work to a coffee shop for at least half a day.
If you decide you really can’t work from home; look into renting cheap office space somewhere. In many office buildings, you can find a room to rent somewhere, which is much cheaper than renting a whole office.
Working from home is great if you have the discipline to keep at it. It takes consistency and drive just like any other job, but it can be a great experience. Start by making your to-do list for tomorrow today.
One last piece of advice
Another thing you can do if you’re considering working from home and you know what you want to accomplish. Say, starting a blog, becoming a lifestyle coach, a You Tube influencer, etc.
Try starting with the End in Mind. Check out this post on how to start on your work from home journey with the end in mind.
Remember, no one has ever said that being an entrepreneur was going to be easy, but the joy of having a job you love and having the flexibility of spending uninterrupted time with your family without having to wait for the weekends.
Plus the financial freedom you’ll eventually have is definitely worth the hustle.
Here is another article that will show you how to change your mindset to help you with your self discipline
How are you starting on your entrepreneurial journey? Let me know in the comments.