If you’re a writer, chances are that you carry out most, if not all your work from the comfort of your home. There are advantages to this style of working. One of which is, it saves you resources spent on commuting from home to office and back again.
However, there are challenges too. When you work from home, you tend to let your guard down, and you might not feel obligated to get things done. This attitude can lead to unproductivity if not well managed.
To help yourself, keep these twelve things in mind when working from home.
Establishing a Schedule Helps
Having a clear guideline for when you want to start and end the day’s work will help you maintain the right work balance. Find out your most productive times and schedule more demanding tasks for those periods. If your productive work hours are in the morning, try to start your day very early so that you can accomplish more before the day is over.
There are scheduling and time management apps you can download to help yourself. Setting a schedule provides structure to your day.
There are Indoor Distractions
Writing requires undivided attention, and the slightest sound can stop your thought process. However, distractions from your kids or other people living with you are common occurrences.
Consider setting ground rules to let them know what they can or cannot do when you’re working. If you cut down distractions, it will improve the quality of your work.
Using a Dedicated Workspace is More Productive
When you dedicate a workspace strictly for your work, it will help you differentiate between work time and home time. Your workspace can be a spare room or a corner in your home where you can fix a desk and chair. Avoid spaces that your mind can associate with leisure like the couch and the bed.
You Can Get Overwhelmed
Sometimes the task at hand can overwhelm you. When this happens, stop working, relax, and clear your mind. When you come back, you will be able to focus better on your work.
Take Breaks in Between
If you established a proper schedule, there should be adequate times during the day to take breaks. Give yourself a compulsory 1-hour lunch break every day. You can use apps that will notify you to take breaks at scheduled times.
Besides lunch break, you should also take short breaks away from your computer. These are times where you stare out the window or get up to get a snack. Taking breaks in between work helps you reset and gets your blood flowing for the next task.
Making Notes is Helpful
Inspiration can come to you when you’re not working. You may be cooking or doing the laundry and get an idea. Learn to jot down every idea rather than take mental notes only. Making quick short notes will remind you when you forget.
Eating Healthy is Important
When you work from home, it is easy to binge on chips, cookies, and chocolates. While taking snacks is okay, don’t overindulge. Focus on eating healthy meals with fruits and vegetables that will boost your productivity level.
Exercising is Good for You
Exercise is beneficial to both your mind and your body. It boosts your memory, increases your happiness, and interest levels, making you work better. Regular exercises also help you maintain a good posture.
Don’t Spend the Whole Day in Pajamas
Wearing pajamas relates to leisure and not work. Try to change out of them before you resume the day’s work. Dress like you’re not at home and wear something that can give you a mindset of work.
Work Time isn’t Social Media Time
Social media has its benefits, but it can be a distraction too. Don’t fall for the temptation to go against your schedule and take social breaks. You can shut off notifications while you work. When you minimize unnecessary use of social media, you will be able to focus on getting more work done.
Be Aware of Security Risks
Keep in mind that you can be a target for hackers. Get smarter about protecting yourself from security threats. Invest in devices that can alert you when you have a security breach. Companies invest in security tools, and you should do the same.
Your Body Needs to Move
Writing from home can keep you indoors for days, especially if you have a lot of work to do. Don’t get stuck up in your home and forget there’s an actual world outside. Learn to leave the house occasionally to get fresh air and sunlight. You can take a walk around your neighborhood even for a few minutes only.