Today, working from home has become a common trend. Many people find it a convenient way of working, but the truth is that it can be more challenging than working in the corporate world. As a freelancer, you may work alone, face distractions, and struggle with boredom. To overcome these challenges, creating structure in your day is essential.
I sometimes find it hard to focus working from home but creating a strategy that works for you would be a great way to operate this business alone. I suggest you make your day structured. Your day is typically planned or working on a pattern when you work in an office. Some may start it with an alarm that wakes you up, get dressed, travel, reports to the office, and then goes back home. As someone working from home, you can create a similar structure by setting a schedule for when you will work and end your shift. It will help your body understand that you are in work mode and keep you focused and productive.
Another way to stay focused when working from home is to set up a designated work area. Instead of working anywhere in your home, choose a quiet, clutter-free location with enough space to work with your laptop. It will help you to separate your work from your personal life mentally.
It’s also important to turn off your phone or put it on silent mode. Our mobile phones are the most distracting thing when working from home. If you don’t need your phone for work, it’s best to keep it off or put it in the silent mode under your desk or table. It will help you avoid the temptation to check notifications and lose focus.
When working hours, you can choose when to start working. However, it’s essential to be mindful of your productivity. You should work only during hours when you know you can be productive. Avoid working so late that you feel sleepy, as this will affect your accuracy, productivity, and turnaround time. Take breaks if needed, but only work on time, as it will decrease your productivity for the day.
Personal distractions can also be a significant issue when working from home. Working in a quiet and private space, away from your kids, is essential as a mom. Spending time with them during the day can be tempting, but you should prioritize your work during your designated work hours. By being professional and focusing on work, you can deliver what your clients expect from you.
Working from home can be both fun and challenging. To be successful, you must be focused and have a positive attitude toward work. You can be a productive and effective freelancer by structuring your day, creating a designated work area, turning off your phone, considering your work hours, and avoiding personal distractions. It’s all about finding a balance and sticking to it.