How to WORK while Working at Home

Whether you’re a veteran to the work-at-home community or you’re just getting your feet wet in this new role, balancing your home life and your career is vital whether you work in the office or the living room. It can be difficult to be productive at home if you’re dealing with kids, laundry, and your other obligations. Finding this balance can be tricky, but it is necessary for the stability of your home, your mind, and of your career. Here are some tips to keep you working smart and hard.

1.    You never leave the office: One of the best and worst parts about working from home is that you’re always at the office, and it can be difficult to set clear boundaries about when you’re working and when you’re not. It’s easy to let work take over your life, which may result in you neglecting other aspects of your life. Have hours that you designate as “work hours,” where you focus mainly on your job. This can be when your kids are at school, when you have help around the house, or after they go to bed – that’s the beauty of making your own schedule. Just make sure that they’re regular and you hold yourself accountable during those hours.

2.    Have a routine: Wake up at the same time every day and try to go to sleep at the same time every night to keep to your specific schedule, and don’t lounge around in your pajamas all day – just getting dressed can make you feel more productive than working on projects in your sweats. Still having a hard time? Have a sign that reminds you when you’re in work mode, such as a specific pair of pearl earrings that you wear when you’re working to remind you every time you touch them to stay focused.

3.    Take a break: If you were working in an office, you would take breaks to get a cup of coffee, to organize your desk, or even (if permitted), to take a personal phone call. It’s okay for you to take five minutes to throw in that load of laundry while working from home to help reset your brain and keep you focused on your work. Just be mindful of time-sucks like facebook – it’s easy to get sucked in and to find a five-minute break stretching for hours.

4.    Interact with others: One of the biggest downfalls of working at home is the lack of human interaction, which can be waning on your mood and make you feel lonely. During one of your breaks, take some time to call a friend or speak with a family member. If you’re working for a company that has other employees, collaborate with them via email or phone on projects to keep each other accountable and to get feedback on your assignments.

5.    Have clear-cut objectives: This is important no matter where you’re working, but can become even more necessary when the lines between work and home are blurred. Don’t forget to prioritize your tasks so you don’t find yourself up until the wee hours in the morning working on something that isn’t relevant until next month. Keep the important tasks first, and set goals that are measurable for you to follow up on to keep track of your progress.

Home Working Routine

Whether you’re new to working at home or just thinking about changing up your routine, it’s important to know whether it can be a dream or a nightmare. Keep these tips in mind to keep the balance between your career and your home to be happy and productive in your new role.

Guest Writer Bio

Carly Chodosh is the Social Media Manager at Pearl & Clasp, a pearl jewelry company that specializes in restringing pearls, pearl clasps and custom designed pieces.

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