Note: This is a guest post by Kavita Paliwal. The author’s views are entirely her own and may not reflect the views of Deepanshu Gahlaut’s Blog.
Isn’t it amazing when you have no boss to report to? No command of chain to follow? Under such circumstance, every day is a new beginning, a challenge you take almost willingly!
You get up from the bed and you have nowhere to go since your home is your office. You are your own boss, you get to choose the hours of work you will do daily, the type of clients you will be working with, your own ethics and your dress code, mostly which will be pajamas since you are working at the comfort of your own home.
However, just because you have no one to report to doesn’t mean you behave in whatever way you like. There has to be some sort of discipline to keep you rooted to the ground. Without such discipline, your business might be affected to a great extent.
In this case, work from home becomes challenging. Since you have no one to report to, all the responsibilities fall on you. You have to choose the kind of discipline you will follow and it’s important that you stick to it.
With so much on the loop, staying motivated is a bit of a challenge, and you must work to that end.
The following seven points will help you stay organized, focused and motivated.
1. Early To Wake
Just because you will be working from the comfort of your home, don’t just choose any fancy time to get to work. It may be from home, but it is work after all. In that light, it’s important that you get up on time, clean up after yourself and get to work, just like any other office goer would do.
You are not doing this for anyone else but for yourself. Whenever you start late with the day, it affects all the other work that you have in the queue. Soon it becomes a bad practice and affects your ability to take your work seriously.
2. Dress Well
Generally, freelancers just roll themselves out of the bed and start working in their pajamas. So, if you are one who is in the groove of getting into work like a sleeping bear, then that habit needs to go. You need to dress well for work.
Just don’t get up and sit down to work. Take a shower, shave, brush, look into your daily hygiene and wear a fresh face. Okay, you don’t need to wear a business suit, but wear something which is presentable. It is believed that when a person wears a certain type of outfit, he/she associates some characteristics with those clothing.
3. Schedule Your Goals and Stick To It
Your schedule will guide you through the business operations in a week. This is basically a blueprint which will guide your steps to attain your objective. Yes, it might be open for negotiation, but there must be one present at your workplace.
However, the objectives must be achievable, specific and manageable. It is important that you do not roll out the unfinished task to the next day. That way the load of your work will increase to a great extent.
You need to stay focused on your business and for that, you need to stay away from social media, phone, and the internet for your personal use. You are working, and you need to remember that. In that light, you need to stop responding to personal texts at all times. Of course, you can take a little break to do that. But not always.
Your motto should be: Work first, at least for the hours of your working.
Since you will be at home, you might get a sudden urge to get yourself a cup of coffee or a snack. Grab your cup of coffee during the break time.
5. Out Of The House
Of course, it’s important to stay focused, but it’s also important to take breaks. Even in the office, employees take breaks whenever required so that they can work better. It’s work from home, not a house arrest. You are not living in the prison of your own making.
So no matter how busy you are with your work, make it a point to take a break, go to the gym, take a walk and such.
6. A Bright Cheerful Setting
Where you work at your home is also important. If possible, try not to work in a place where you sleep. Your work life and personal life must be separate. Additionally, do not work too close to the kitchen or the living room. Chances are you will get distracted too easily.
Get yourself a dedicated place of work where you can focus the best. In addition to all these, you can also create motivational posters in the room that you work in to keep yourself motivated. Quotes, posters of stalwarts from your field of work are cool choices.
7. Upskill Yourself
Since you will be working for yourself you need to challenge yourself to learn more. Every day, dedicate an hour to learn something new which can enhance your work. Maybe you can learn something such as SEO about growing your business online. Keep a few things on the platter which will help you grow.
So stay motivated and achieve your dream heights!