Working from home is perfect for me and my family. I have three young children so working for myself means I don’t have to worry about things like; child care in school holidays, being around for the school pick up, getting time off for plays/sports day etc. It gives me the freedom to be there for the things I deem important and would hate to miss.
Self employment doesn’t come without it challenges though. It’s scary, taking that leap was so daunting, my working life starts with me and ends with me I work, I earn – if I don’t, I wont.
Keeping focused is something I can really struggle with and I m sure lots of other people who work from home also find this an obstacle too. This year I really want to work on it and I have been looking at ways to keep me focused in order to achieve the goals and ambitions I have.
- Designate a work space – as I type I am sat on the sofa with the laptop on my lap with one eye on the TV. It really isn’t the best way to be productive. In the next few weeks I will have a proper work space set up, I’ve chosen the spot, I’ve picked the desk and I cannot wait to have it all ready!
- Create a schedule and stick to it – look at your week in advance decide the days or hours you will have as your working time and be strict about it, no coffee date or nail appointment is more important than pursuing your career. For me set working days usually are Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday I plan ahead the content I will create on those days.
- Take time off – equally important is taking time off. Working from home means your work is always with you, you don’t leave the office and leave it behind. It is so easy to spend every free minute working but it’s not healthy. As well as my working days I also work once the girls are in bed as and when I need to but I make a conscious effort to not let that be every night anymore.
- Turn off social media – okay so a big part of my job is social media BUT if I have a deadline – a post to write, a video to shoot or edit, I turn it off. Phone goes on do no disturb and I close all the tabs on my laptop. If I don’t hear the pings and I don’t see the notifications I can get stuck right into what needs to be done. We are all guilty of clicking on to Facebook ‘quickly’ and losing half an hour nosing through our feeds.
- Take an admin day – this is a ‘do as I say and not as I do one’. I need to make this happen though, once a month take an admin day; a day to clear the inbox, chase invoices, keep on top of your accounts. When it all gets out of hand you’re left feeling like you’re drowning in it, it’ll constantly be in the back of your mind as a to do and you wont focus on the task in hand.
- Take stock, adjust and plan ahead – what ever your business may be take the time to take stock, look at what you have been doing see whats working and whats not and plan ahead. With blogging and social media I look at what has done well and where I am getting traffic, I adjust if need be and then think about what I can work on for the next month. I make lists, I brain storm and I schedule and every now and then I even stick to my plan!
Those are my tips for keeping focused when working from home, do you have any more for me?