Working from home is supposed to be the secret route to job satisfaction, but it doesn’t always work out that way. If you’re finding that working from home is turning into a never-ending cycle of stress, clutter, and an ever-expanding to-do list, then try these simple tips. They’ll help you find that illusive work-life balance, and put you one step closer to a happy working life.
1. Take Care of Yourself First
You can’t be productive if you’re not healthy. Force yourself to take occasional breaks, even if it’s just to walk to the corner shop. Make sure you keep some healthy snacks in the house for those days when you’re too busy to cook, and try to drunk plenty of water too. If you’re feeling run down, take a day off (or at the very least, perform only essential tasks and cut the day short). It’s better to prioritise your health and get a little rest now than to work yourself into hospital.
2. Don’t Neglect Networking
It’s easy to feel isolated when you work from home. If you find yourself missing adult company, find some way to network. It doesn’t matter whether you replace the water cooler with a forum or mailing list membership, or a chat room in IRC – find somewhere to talk to people in your niche so that you can stay up to date with current events, and prevent yourself from feeling alone.
3. Outsource Time Consuming Tasks
There’s no need for you to handle promotion, efulfilment, book keeping, and customer service! Instead of trying to juggle every single aspect of your business, consider outsourcing a few of the more time consuming tasks. This will give you more time to work on the bits that make you and your business special. There’s a good chance that a specialist outsourcing company could handle efulfilment both cheaper and faster than you could, so it makes sense to let them do it.
4. Keep Your Office Tidy
A tidy office is a productive office. Spend a few minutes each evening sorting out papers and emptying your office bin. Once it becomes part of your routine, you’ll find it doesn’t take long to do, and it makes life a lot easier in the long run because you won’t find yourself stuck with a looming deadline, searching for essential papers and important documents.
5. Treat Yourself
If you worked in an office, there’s a good chance you’d get the occasional pat on the back, a bonus or a reward for a job well done. When you’re self employed there’s nobody to give you that little confidence boost, so why not do it yourself.
Set yourself targets – for example, when you’ve finished a big project, give yourself a day off. When you hit a milestone, go out for a meal at your favourite restaurant. This will help you to feel like you’re accomplishing things, rather than just treading water.
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