5 Tips for working from home

Business

When it comes to working from home, there’s a few tips and tricks to stay productive. It’s easy to get distracted. Wether it’s social media, the laundry/dishes that suddenly need to be done or your cat walking all over your keyboard. We’ve all been there.

I’ve gathered a list of tips for working from home as a freelancer/entrepreneur. So here they are..

1. Work when you’re most productive

While some people are morning people, other people are night owls. If you’re running your own business online, you have the privilege to work when you’re most productive. Define your schedule, see what works best for you.

Some people might say that you should stick to regular office hours. And while that might work for some, for others it just doesn’t. Sometimes that a-ha moment just strikes you while you’re laying in bed. And that’s okay. I’ve had some of my most productive work sprints at night. You just have to figure out what works for you.

2. Dress for success

Working in your pj’s is an awesome perk of working from home. For some however, dressing for success is the way to go. Dressing up as if you were to go to the office sets your mind in work-mode. If you still want to be comfortable while working from home, there’s also the option to invest in some cute lounge wear. There’s a way to look and feel presentable while still being comfy!

3. Work from a dedicated space

Your mind will associate certain places to certain activities. For optimal productivity it’s best to set up a dedicated space just for work. When you’re at your work place, it’s time to kick some ass. While working from the comfort of your bed can be nice every once in a while, it’s best not to associate your bed with productivity. There should be separate places for work and play.

4. Make to do lists

To do lists / project planning is key to stay on track. There’s plenty of handy dandy tools out there designed for you to optimize your productivity. My personal go to’s are Trello and Evernote.

I manage all my project planning through Trello boards while I use Evernote for note taking and brain-dumps. This simple system helps me stay on track while working from home.

5. Take breaks and eliminate productivity guilt

When running your own business, it’s sometimes hard to take breaks. You might fall in the trap of working 24/7, productivity guilt and eventually over working yourself. I think a lot of entrepreneurs can relate. Recently I’ve learned however that taking breaks is important. Take some time off during the day and celebrate the weekend. When you invest time in yourself and your mental health it will also help your business in the end. A happy you is a productive you!