Achieving the Work-from-Home MindsetSeptember 18, 2012 No Comments
Tips for Business Professionals: Achieving the Work-from-Home Mindset
Today, the idea of working from home may seem glamorous but can present several challenges for professionals, regardless of their specific industry or area of work. Being your own boss or working from home might seem like a welcomed change from a standard office cubicle and a nine to five schedule, until distractions and procrastination become overwhelmingly present.
While you can be fully successful while working from home, some may find it difficult to stay motivated. Business Insider has a few tips that can help you stay on track if procrastination has become your new middle name while working from home:
Plan Ahead – Set goals for what you plan to accomplish. Make a daily or weekly list of tasks that you need to complete, and stick through it. Planning ahead will help you to manage your time and workload more effectively.
Be Flexible – Sometimes, unforeseen events or responsibilities can creep up when you’re at home. Rather than ignoring them, or abandoning your work to take care of other matters, find a way to balance your schedule, whether that means getting some work done later in the evening, or asking a neighbor to pick the kids up from school when you’re too busy.
Outsource When Needed – Particularly if you’re running your own home business, you may have more work than you can handle at times. Be prepared to hire help or outsource certain parts of projects that you don’t have time to complete, or that are outside of your skill set.
Avoid Unnecessary Distractions – It’s nearly impossible to avoid all distractions while working from home, but if you don’t focus well, make sure that you do your best to create an effective working environment. Set up a home office away from the television or the piles of laundry or dishes calling for your attention.