Working from home is amazing … right up until the dog chews your laptop lead. And your neighbour — who you can only assume is building a time machine — starts firing up all sorts of power tools and noisy machinery.
You visualise yourself having coffee and lunch dates whenever, brainstorming amazing ideas (while in bed) using your new found commuting time to get fit at the gym instead.
You also imagine you’ll spend at least a few hours each week forward planning – to ensure you bag that ultimate one-off contact who will prove to the world that self-employment has worked for you just as it has for , Peter Jones and Eric Worre.
In reality you are more likely to : have unnecessary lie-ins, waste time surfing the net, create extraordinary online shopping bills, develop an unhealthy snack addiction, and have the occasional panic attack about having no job security, pension, career or hope.
Oh, to be given the chance to earn a living, working 50-60 hours a week in an oxygen-deprived box.
Some tips to make your Home Office more structured
Pretend like you are going into the office:-Get fully ready for the day and pretend you’re actually going to work. Otherwise, you might find yourself back in bed.
Choose a dedicated work space:- Have a place you go specifically to work. It could be a certain table, chair, local coffee shop — some place that’s consistently your ‘work space.’ It helps you get into the right frame of mind.
The S.M.A.R.T system for goal setting stands for:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
Setting a goal that hits all the S.M.A.R.T. gets the job done.
Weekends:- It’s quite easy for life to become one long Monday morning as a home-worker. If you want to be “different”, make your weekend on a Sunday and Monday, otherwise you ll be no different from the people in the oxygen deprived box.
Pick a definitive finishing time each day:- If you work from home full-time (or on a regular basis), it’s really easy to let your work life bleed into your personal life. Maintaining a boundary is important!