March 2012

Set Your Working Hours

When you work at a brick and mortar place, the hours that you need to work are pretty much defined for you.  However, when you are at home working for yourself, no one is there to actually tell you when to clock in and when to clock out.  The responsibility of knowing when to start and end work every day lies entirely with you.

At first, you are probably tempted to just wait until you are done sleeping in to finally get up and go to work.  Then when you have an invitation to go somewhere with a friend in the middle of the day, your automatic response might be to go since you can always do your work at home sometime later on in the day.  Before you know it, half of the day has gone by, and you have yet to get started on your work.  That is not good, since it might cause you to stay up late just to get everything done on time—unless of course, you are a night owl, and actually prefer to work well into the wee hours of the night.

The Need for a Defined Working Space

Are you new to working at home?  Then you probably have yet to find your working space.  I know when I first started working at home, it took me a while to figure out the best place for me to work at inside my house.  One day, I was working at my computer desk.  Then the next day, I was typing away on the chaise with my laptop.  On another day, I decided to work while staying in bed.

In those early days of working at home, I think the reason I switched up my working space so often was because I was not sure where the appropriate place to work was.  When I worked at a brick and mortar job, I was simply told where I should sit and work.  So when the decision was up to me, I got excited with all of the different possibilities, and had a hard time deciding.

Give Yourself a Break

When you switch from a commuting job to a work at home job, it is easy to get overly excited about working from home.  What I mean is that you can get so into your working task that you do it nonstop for hours at a time.  You do not take any breaks because you feel like it is not something you really need.  Plus you do not want to waste time that you personally feel is better utilized to make money.

As a freelancer who works from home, I sometimes feel like I should push myself to work nonstop.  There is so much to do, and I won’t be getting paid until I do them.  So why not push away the thought of having a break in the middle of the day?  I could get so much more done if I don’t interrupt my work.