Are you interested in a work-from-home career?
What used to be a far-fetched dream for so many people have now become reality, thanks to the power of the internet.
But it’s not without its challenges.
And while the temptation to curl up in front of the TV and eat Doritos all day is a strong one, there are things you can do to keep your work at home journey operating smoothly.
One of the most important things you can do to deal with the day-to-day operations is have a positive mindset.
Here are a few things that can really help you in your quest to work from home.
Believe You Can Do This
If you don’t have faith in yourself and believe in your capabilities, no matter how much anyone else does, you will fail.
Your partner, best friend, or even boss (if you have one) can think the world of you, but they can’t do the work for you! Working from home means you need to feel confident in your abilities.
Sometimes that means being your own biggest fan, which might seem a little conceited…but it’s not.
The truth is, we generally listen to what we tell ourselves more than we listen to what others say about us.
So, here’s your official permission to become your biggest cheerleader!
Allow Yourself Time Off and Breaks
Just like if you were working a traditional job, you need breaks now and then.
Time to step away from the computer, grab a cup of coffee, take a walk around the neighborhood, or read a chapter of a good book…whatever works for you.
Just give your mind a little reprieve from your work.
Regular vacations are also a must, even if they’re only for a day.
It will help the feeling of overwhelm and keep you from getting bogged down.
Schedule Household Duties
It’s SO TEMPTING to jump into a household project or do a chore or two that needs to be done during your work time.
And while I think for the most part it doesn’t hurt to throw in a load of laundry in the morning or while you grab lunch, several little chores add up to a decent chunk of time, and that really takes a bite out of your day.
I try and think of it like this: If I was working outside the house, I wouldn’t be here to fold that laundry or load the dishwasher. So, if it’s during the time I set aside for work hours, it can wait.
Get Out of the House Regularly
This one is important.
Working at home can be lonely and isolating.
You need to get out into the real world every so often.
If you can take your work with you, head down to the local coffee shop, library, or your favorite lunch spot. If not, just schedule a lunch date once a week with a friend. You’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle tasks when you return.
Stay Connected with People and Find Online Support
This goes along with the whole lonely and isolating theme above.
You have to be sure to make connections so you can have the support you need in your work at home journey.
Find a mentor, join a Facebook group with like-minded businesspeople (just don’t get sucked in to Facebook for too long… total time sucker! And yes, I’m speaking from experience!)
When you feel connected rather than isolated, you’re more likely to be encouraged and keep a positive mindset.
Well there you have it! I hope these tips will help you in your work from home journey.