Working from home can often be viewed as a luxury that many of us aren’t ever able to actually do. I am one of the lucky ones who works half the week for my employer and the other half is my time to work on my blog. I have learnt that when I am trying to grow my blog and concentrate there are 5 tips that I need to follow to get everything done.
Set Up A Dedicated Working Space
I have spent time over the years using a laptop, a desktop computer and also a table to blog from. When using the laptop, I would often be found on the sofa in front of the TV. This has it’s uses if I’m browsing social media in the evening or doing some research, but I have found that I am a lot more productive when sitting at a desk on my desktop computer. Not everyone is lucky enough to have their own office, but I have managed to craft myself out a space in the corner of the Dining Room. I have taken the corner by the window so I get natural light during the day which helps me focus on what I have to get done.
It’s so easy to think you can put a load of washing on and then put it out on the line when you hear the machine beep, but in reality you wouldn’t do this if you were outside of the home would you. I find the best way to focus my time and ensure I get breaks to keep me refreshed and organised is to use my Bullet Journal for daily tasks. This in turn helps me see where and what times I can take breaks. I do work during school hours when I am at home, so my day will be planned out depending on what I have to get done that day. The housework is done on breaks, or I schedule that time in away from the desk to avoid trying to multi task and not getting anything done properly.
Being self employed and working from home means you have to be very organised with your paper work for submitting your tax return every year. I find the best way for me to keep up to date is use a spreadsheet with my details of all my income and expenditure. I update this every week at a minimum to ensure I don’t fall behind on any records. Remember if you are earning money from home you MUST register as self employed even if you are also employed. You will be able to claim for expenses such as your stationery costs, travel, utilities including mains gas, and a lot more. It’s not a scary process and shouldn’t be avoided.
Set The Hours That Work For You
Not everyone works in the same way and it’s important to find your happy working time. I am definitely a morning person and am so much more productive in the first four hours of my working day. The afternoons can be a struggle for me and I have almost switched off by the evening. By knowing this and what works for me helps me get the best out of my day and encourages me to be as productive as I can be.
Keep A Schedule
How easy is it to have three of four tabs open on the computer and multi task? It’s very easy for me to check Twitter whilst I’m writing a post, and then pop over to Facebook for a quick browse. It’s not so easy to then stay productive and I have learnt that over time. I now set myself the tasks in the morning and concentrate one one thing at a time. One method I like is the Pomodoro method which works on setting tasks according to time, usually twenty minutes. In each twenty minute time frame you can only work on one thing. This is designed to help you be focused in your tasks. I like to set myself the task of something fun like social media for twenty minutes after I have completed something not so interesting as updating my broken links for example. The method works for me.
What are your top tips when working from home?
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post