I work as a freelance copywriter and I earn money from writing this blog. So since I have had children, I haven’t known anything other than working from home. In my career before kids, I had a job that was client facing and there was no way I would be able to have worked from home (gym and personal trainer). So it took a little adjustment to get use to it and be the most productive that I could be.
Technology is so vast these days that it makes it so easy to work from home and use a virtual desktop. I love that I can work around the kids and their schedules. It can often mean working late into the evening. The biggest blessing is being able to be at home with them in the day, though, so it makes the late nights very worth it. I will be forever grateful for these home-based roles I am able to earn from.
It can be tricky getting the balance right, so here are some tips to help you make the most of your time, if you work from home.
Set Yourself a Schedule
As I can’t just work from when I wake up until the job is done, I have to set myself a to-do list and a schedule. I need to time in what I will do and when. It is literally to the minute! Even things like social media time is scheduled in. I know if I don’t do it, I will just dilly-dally and procrastinate.
Have a Designated Space
I would love to have a little blogging ‘nook’ as I see so many have, but until then, i have a little space in my daughters room with a desk that I use. In the day time, i can set her up with some toys while i quickly check emails. In an evening, though, I move my space to the dining room and work from the table there. Just sitting on a sofa doesn’t get me in the mindset of ‘work’.
Flag Emails & Schedule Posts
I know for me, I need to check emails as and when I get them. I can get a little overwhelmed sometimes so I have to flag them and then deal with them after I am finished with my current work. I am one of those people that can’t have several unfinished things on at once. I work methodically through my to-do list and is the easiest way for me to cope. Scheduling posts is a great help to me too.
Dell have created a great infographic for people that work from home or use tech a lot in their daily schedule.
Do you work from home sometimes? What do you find works best for you?
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