Choosing to start a home business brings you a big step closer to achieving job satisfaction, financial security and a good work-life balance. However, when people begin to work from home their productivity levels will often drop. What causes this and how can you prevent it from happening to you?
Most people’s productivity in the workplace is strongly related to the group of colleagues they have there. At work, there are lots of people to compare your level of productivity against. When you’re working from your own home, it can be hard to guage how productive you are being, so most people’s activity levels will fall.
There are also many distractions at home, which can cause lapses in your concentration. Dirty dishes, television, magazines, web surfing, Facebook, and laundry all lead you astray from your good intentions to work hard.
One important step to help improve your productivity is to plan your days well; write down what you hope to achieve on that day and stick to it. Some tasks will take up a certain amount of time, while others just depend on a specific outcome. It’s often better to set daily goals as specific outcomes because if you just set time limits, the importance of that particular activity expands to fit the time you allocated to it.
Having a designated area where you can work is another important factor. Preferably this should be a room without a bed. Make sure your home office is clean and tidy and try to keep the door closed while you are working.
Another tip for being more productive whilst working at home is to dress as if you are going to the office. Each morning you should get up, shower, and dress in office clothes. Wearing your work clothes will put you in the proper state of mind and help you to be more productive.
Many people who work from home feel closed in and cut off from the world, so it’s important to get out of the house a few times during the day. Popping down to the mall is great for a quick stroll and interacting with other people.
If working from home just isn’t right for you, then you could look into renting a cheap office. There are many business centres and serviced offices that can provide cheap work spaces.
Working from home is very liberating if you have the discipline to properly apply yourself. It takes drive and determination, just like any other job, but it can be a wonderful experience.