Important! Don’t forget to take care of yourself while you work from home. If you are like me, you are trying hard not to feel like a bum going to work in your pajamas. If we aren’t careful, being a bum could really backfire when we do have to go back to work.
Keep these tips for working at home in mind so things don’t get out of control. See also, how to make money online with a website.
Keep a Regular Work Schedule
Make sure you go to work at a certain time of day and quit at a certain time of day. This will help you stay in the right frame of mind for work time and family time.
If you set up boundaries with this, your family will know when you at work and when you are available. Of course, emergencies like “Dad! My brother won’t let me play the game!” will still have to be dealt with.
Setting up a time at work and a time to be home will help you mentally detach from work during family time as well.
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Take Short Breaks
I have found that working from home has made my days go by really fast. It seems there isn’t enough time in the day to get what I want done.
I will look up thinking it’s around noon only to see that it is 3 pm. I have some weird time warp going on right now. Anyway, to combat this I have started taking short breaks more often.
Take the dog out for a walk. Get some fresh air. Have a healthy snack. Somehow get some time away from the screen for a few minutes.
This has really helped me not to feel so cross-eyed when I finally clock out and go sit on the couch. That brings me to my next tip.
Schedule an End to Your Work Day
For your family, it is important that you “come home from work”. Try make this a set time every day. I guess this is sort of the same as keeping regular work schedule, but I want to make sure it is clear that you separate work time from home time.
Get Ready Everyday
If you used to go to work, instead of working from home, get ready to go to work. I’m not saying you should put your suit and tie on to go to your desk or kitchen table for the day.
Whatever your morning home routine was, try to keep it the same. Take a shower before work if you used to. Read your self-improvement book before work, or walk the dog.
Keep it the same so you are in the correct mindset when it’s time to go to work, from home, at the dining room table.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
If possible, have a place dedicated to work. I have a friend that has one computer in his house. This is a family computer that services himself, his wife and his 13 year old son.
Right now he’s having a tough time since his son needs it for stay-at-home-school, his wife needs it for work and he does too. This is crazy! Anyway, he is on the lookout for a cheap deal on a computer for his son.
If you can have a dedicated space for work you will have fewer distractions for when you are at work.
For some, the best place right now is in the garage. I don’t have room in garage because my Ford Raptor is in there. Nice huh?
Keep That Work space Clean
To avoid more distraction keep it clean. This will also make work seem more appealing. Don’t make things harder on yourself in a time when it’s harder to go to work.
Keep the Kids Busy
This is the tough one. How do you keep the kids busy and keep the house clean and keep your sanity? I really don’t know how to do this one unless, you are okay with your kids playing video games for 10 hours a day. If so, then the problem is solved.
Something to keep in my though, don’t break your budget trying to keep the kids entertained while you are at work from home. Good luck! Please give me a comment if you have a good idea on this one.
If you can, get a workout in everyday. Since you are working from home you probably aren’t moving around as much. It’s a good idea anytime to stay in shape, but now may be more important.
I know that if I’m not careful, I will sit in front of the computer in that time warp I was telling you about and forget to move. No wonder my back is sore.
Maybe, this is your perfect chance to start that training regimen you have been putting off.
Keep up with Good Nutrition
Another problem with that time warp I have been experiencing is, I will suddenly realize I hadn’t eaten lunch all day. Well, I may have been snacking constantly throughout the day, but that doesn’t count.
Anyway, don’t forget about your nutritional health. It’s too easy to become a bum and just throw stuff together or snack all day. Try to consciously be aware of what your are eating.
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