Working from home can be an exciting, liberating venture. However, if not careful, then it can also work against you. You'll find yourself dreading work, banging your head against the wall, and like a prisoner of your own home. The following six tips are fundamental to your success as a home-based worker:
1. Get dressed
Unless it really gets your mojo working, business attire isn't necessary. Just get out of your PJs. Choose something that makes you feel good. Wear colors such as yellow, orange, and purple which reflect creative auras.
2. Find a workspace
Designate a room specifically for your office space. If this isn’t feasible, then find a corner or other empty space that will serve your need for a workspace. Whatever you do, never bring work to bed.
3. Go out
Stuck in a space of…blah? Find the nearest coffee shop, bookstore, library, or park and make that your workspace for the day. This is especially effective for creative entrepreneurs. And while you’re out, be sure to…
In person. Get off the computer, put your phone away, and socialize. Participate in conferences, retreats, and meet up with friends for lunch. Find liked-minded souls on MeetUp.com and make a toast to your awesome ability to be able to work from home.
5. Be creative
Routine is creative suicide. Try a new technique, download a new software, decorate your workspace, call instead of e-mailing, discover a potential partnership, and take on an intimidating challenge. All of these are examples of ways to get your creative juices overflowing again.
6. Take a break
Take advantage of the fact that you get to work from home. It’s personally and professionally unhealthy to sit for long periods of time without pause. Go for a walk. Have lunch at the table versus the desk. Reserve a half hour to read. Prep your dinner. Your break should not consist of more screen time.