In today’s day and age, many people with office jobs know all too well what it means to work from home every once in a while.
But how about working from home full time?
This type of arrangement has many advantages, such as:
- spending more time with the kids
- making home-made meals every day
- having a more flexible schedule
However, there are definitely challenges that need to be addressed.
Challenge #1: People Think You’re Available All The Time
One of the first challenges that you and other people around you need to be aware of is the fact that you’re not available all the time. On the contrary, many people who work from home have busier work schedules than those who work in more traditional workplaces.
Make sure you’re comfortable talking to people who live with you about this, and definitely make sure they understand your situation. Make a work schedule, say from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, and ask everyone not to disturb you during that time.
Challenge #2: Sticking To Your Schedule
Making a schedule is one thing, but stinking to it on a daily basis is an entirely different story. When you know you should walk the dog, make lunch or clean up a little bit it’s sometimes difficult to focus on work alone.
Make a to-do list of all the things that need to be done in a day and set aside time slots for each activity. This way you’ll be more productive and more disciplined, not only to complete all the tasks but also to do it on time.
A draft to-do list looks something like this:
- 7.30 am – walk the dog, 15 min
- 8 am – make breakfast, 30 min
- 8.30 am – 12 pm – work, 3.5 hours
- 12 pm – make lunch, 30-45 minutes (don’t forget to eat it)
- 1 pm – 4.30 pm – work
- After 4.30 pm other activities of your choice
Challenge #3: Knowing When To Stop
One of the pitfalls of working from home is not knowing when to stop taking on more work, especially if you’re a freelancer.
Making a work schedule and sticking to it helps in this situation as well, or in other words don’t take on more work than you can complete in 8 hours with one 45- to 1-hour break.
This may be tricky in the beginning but as you get more experience you’ll definitely figure out when to ‘close for the day’.