As a solopreneur, you run your business from your home office. You don’t have to commute every day just to get to work. Even though it’s very convenient to take control of our day to day operations as solopreneurs, distractions would sneak up pretty quickly–watching TV while working, attending to your kids, or doing some household chores. Have you given up trying to juggle everything all at once?
Most of us experience a tough balance between personal life and professional time. It is also quite difficult to discipline oneself from lounging around and becoming overly worked. So how do you become productive while working from home? Below are some tips for working from home effectively without sacrificing personal life.
Creating a work schedule and set working hours. I find that having a schedule and sticking to it works well for me. I have created my daily schedule–from checking emails early in the morning, to when work officially starts, to lunch breaks, everything is set on my calendar.
Set a working space. You just can’t have your office anywhere around the house. Most solopreneurs who start out with their business work on the kitchen table, bedroom, or in front of the TV. I know because I used to do this because it was very convenient. What you can do is use a separate room in the house as your home office, or set one corner in the house as your working space.
Don’t work in your pajamas. You are your own boss so why would anyone tell you that you can’t wear your pajamas while working? You can pretty much wear whatever you want, but if you are seeing clients on Skype through video, at least dress appropriately. This helps you set the tone and condition the mind for the work ahead. It boosts your confidence as well.
Set deadlines for yourself. Create tasks for yourself and set deadlines. Do you have an upcoming VIP Day with a client? Set a deadline for yourself on when you should finish preparing the worksheets, or have them prepared by your virtual assistant.
Set your break time. Since there is no bell to signal the break, you should set your own breaks. Give yourself an hour to have lunch, or perhaps 30 minutes in the afternoon for snacks. Do not try to work for long periods of hours without taking breaks in between. You will sacrifice your health if you do that.
Remove distractions. This means not bringing your laptop to the living room and watching TV while you’re working. Bringing your laptop to the kitchen so you could cook while working isn’t a good idea either.
Instruct people to set an appointment with you if they want to talk. You have set your schedule so stick to it. If there is a need for people to discuss with you, ask them to schedule an appointment in your calendar. Online appointment scheduling tools are very helpful for scheduling meetings.
Know when to focus working on your business and when to do chores around the house. Multitasking just isn’t the way to go. If you think you are very productive by doing several things all at once, think again. By following these tips, you will be able to dedicate time for your family, and efficiently work from your home office.
Now it’s your turn to share. What are your tips for working from home effectively?