Working From Home Only Sounds Easy
Everyone thinks that working from home is the greatest. You roll out of bed when you want, you can work from bed if you want, you can work from your PJ’s and take breaks to watch TV whenever you want. This might be true but if you did that every day very soon you would find that your productivity would be so low, that whatever job you had you would loose pretty soon after. One of the biggest challenges for freelancers that work from home is staying focused and productive.
The Reason For Traditional Office Environments
Office environments were built to help people do that. There are less distractions, there are time expectations such as when you need to start on your day and someone to keep you accountable to completing those tasks. When you work from home, you don’t have any of that so it is actually much harder than people think. You need to be very disciplined with your time and very focused on what you need to achieve each day.
Pros and Cons of Working Remotely
Most freelancers work remotely which means most will work from home. Some work in coffee shops or will share an office spaces but the costs savings from a work from home situation will lead most to choose to work from home the majority of the time. It can be great for work life balance. No commute means more time for yourself and your loved ones. However, as was mentioned already it takes more self discipline than people realize.
If you are just starting out as a freelancer or struggling to be as productive as you’d like to be here are some of our tops tips to staying focused and accomplishing you tasks.
Productivity Tips For Freelancers Working From Home:
Use Time Management Apps.
With no manager to keep you accountable you need to have some sort of tool that helps you stay on target. Thankfully there are quite a few time management apps that are free to use and very effective. Our tops choices are: Asana, Time Doctor and RescueTime.
Have a "Home Office".
Make sure you have a space that is free from distraction. It doesn’t have to be big or professional looking it just has to be a quiet place where you can get some serious work done. If your home is too distracting go somewhere else, a coffee shop, a library any where where you feel like you are getting enough work done.
Make a List.
The to do list is really important when you are working from home. It is what keeps you accountable. Studies have shown that putting pen to paper will make you more likely to achieve your goal. It is like a contract that you wrote to yourself. Keeping your list in your head makes it too easy to change it, because no one has seen it. Writing your list out the night before also ensure that you will start off in the more effective way before you start reading your morning emails.
Batching similar tasks makes it more effective and time efficient instead of bouncing around from different ones. There is less of a chance of getting distracted as thereby increasing your overall productivity.
Keep Consistent Hours.
Make sure you have set work hours, otherwise you run the risk of overworking or procrastinating. There is less of a sense of urgency if you feel like you can complete tasks later in the evening or the next day if need be.