When I first got a work at home job, I was excited! I thought it would be so easy to work from home. I thought it would be fun, too. Boy, was I wrong. Within a week, I realized this was not as easy and breezy as I thought. It takes some conscious steps and awareness to balance your work and personal lives.
Here are some tips I want to share that I learned from my work from home position:
Schedule Important Tasks in the Morning
I learned that my day was way more productive when I scheduled the most important things to do in the morning. This way, I got them out of the way.
Later in the day, when I got lazy or distracted, I still made great progress.
Make a List of What You Want to Tackle That Day
I made to-do lists in the morning or the day before about what I wanted to accomplish that day. When you start your day with a plan of action, you are automatically way more focused and get more done.
Take Short Breaks Throughout the Day
One of the benefits of working at an office is you can easily take breaks. You can go to a co-worker or step outside for a coffee break. What do you do when you’re working from home? You actually end up working more. And I got tired of being in my house the entire day.
So I started to take short breaks throughout the day. I would make myself a cup of tea and snack and take a walk outside. I would check my mail. It rejuvenated me.
Keep a Separate Work Space
I also set aside a specific space in my apartment for my work. I set my computer, pencils, pens, and note pad on the table. It helped me get into “work” mode faster.
Eating healthy and nutritious food is vital. I snack on fruits and vegetables and crackers. I’ll try to make healthy meals so I can have more energy throughout the day.
Prepare Your Work Environment
Of course, keep an adequate supply of paper, pens, staples, etc. on hand in case you need it.
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