Do you work from home? There can be many strange and surprising distractions in the home, from social media to the kitchen chairs. Sometimes it can just be too difficult to stay focused; check out four of the biggest distractions you face when you work from home.
1. Life Admin
The second you open up your laptop, you remember all of the general jobs you were putting off over the weekend. You need to email your landlord about the problem with the boiler, and you need to call your parents because it’s been over a month since you last spoke to them. You’ll just give them a quick call now, and get straight on with your work afterwards…. Oh, after you’ve given your best friend a ring. After all, it’s been two whole days since you last spoke to them.
2. The Comfort Level Of Your Chair
Or at least, the lack of comfort. The chair in the kitchen is far too hard and unforgiving to sit on for eight hours, but the chair in your bedroom is way too comfortable and squishy for you to stay focussed. You normally sit in your office chair, but that chair just started creaking loudly whenever you move.
3. The TV Show You’re Currently Watching
You’ve just started the second season of Orange Is The New Black and you’re totally hooked. After a few hours of working, your mind slips to the last episode you watched. You just need to watch one episode to see what the next part of the story will be – maybe you will watch one while you eat lunch. Just the one, of course….
4. Your Office Options
When you work from home, you can basically work wherever you want to in the house. Yes, your office is quiet and peaceful, but the kitchen is so warm and sunny in the morning. And the sofa is so comfy after a long morning sat on the uncomfortable kitchen chair – but it provides you with a whole new distraction; the TV.
What did you guys think of this post? Just so you know, I don’t normally struggle to focus on work once I’ve started, but these distractions have all tempted me at least a few times! Especially that kitchen chair. 😉
Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.
The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.
The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.
The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.
The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.
The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.
The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.
The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.
The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.
Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!
Do you ever struggle to motivate yourself to work? Working from home means you have to push yourself to start your working day, which many freelancers occasionally struggle with.
Here are four ways to help you to get motivated and working.
1. Recognize The Voice Of Resistance
Realize that a part of you is making excuses, and acknowledge it. If you have bigger projects that could advance your career, you may notice you are feeling more resistant. This is mostly nervousness and fear – and knowing this will help you to overcome it.
2. Celebrate Your Victories
Be proud of everything you accomplished yesterday! Think of how you managed to keep your career on track while making some money to pay the bills. Be proud of everything you do – even the little jobs. This will help you to move past the resistance.
3. Be Sure Of Your Vision
Work out exactly what you want from the next year of your life – then work out exactly what you want from the next ten years of your life. Having a clear goal and vision will help you to realize feeling resistant is pointless and temporary – your goals are what you REALLY want.
4. Be Prepared To Go Off Track
There will be days when you don’t get much done, and there will be days when you don’t feel like working. This is normal, and everyone feels this way sometimes – don’t feel worried when it happens, just stick the kettle on and power through – good luck! 🙂 🙂
Are you trying to break into freelancing? More and more people are becoming their own boss and setting up work from home.
No matter what kind of freelancing you want to do, here are four useful tips to help start a successful freelancing career.
1. Check Job Boards Every Day
Often freelance work is snapped up straight away, with good work offers disappearing almost immediately. Give yourself an advantage and check job boards every day – multiple times if you have the time!
2. Apply, Apply, Apply!
The bigger your net is, the more fish you are likely to catch. Break down the time you apply for jobs so you don’t become disheartened; spend half an hour every morning sending out a few applications.
Don’t pin all your hopes on one application – there are hundreds of jobs available for freelancers, so keep looking for something similar!
3. Be Flexible
You may only want to write about music, business or travel, but it is beneficial not to be picky about the work you take on to start with. Every piece of work you take on will advance your portfolio, give you a reference, or put some money in your bank account – so try to be willing to write about anything initially!
4. Respond Quickly
Respond to job leads and emails straight away; companies expect freelancers to always be on hand, and you can seem unprofessional if you don’t reply, and in a worst case scenario you could even lose the gig. Reply straight away to anyone who seems interested in your work – the interest could pass in a matter of minutes!
Can you think of any other useful tips for people who are starting their careers as freelancers? Comment your ideas below J
Do you want to inject some life into your work? Working from home can often become repetitive, and you can feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
Here are three ways to give your work a spring clean.
1. Give Your Home Office A Spring Clean
If you work from home, you probably already have a home office or a set space in your house where you do your work. This space probably once inspired you and helped to get the creative juices flowing, but as time passed you stopped noticing your environment.
Get those feelings back by spring cleaning your work space. Give everything a good clean and treat yourself to something useful for your work, like a new filing tray in your favorite color. This can help you to bring back some of your work space inspiration!
2. Add Something Different To Your Day
No matter what your job is, doing the same thing over and over again can leave you feeling bored and restless. Push yourself creatively and start looking for new job opportunities. For instance, if you’re a writer, you could try blog writing, writing fiction, or starting a book. It is very likely your skills are transferable, so try your hand at something new!
3. Take A Relevant Class
Even if you love your job, you probably hope to keep advancing further in your field. If you’re feeling a little bored when you’re working, take matters into your own hands – find a class that could help you move up to the next level.
For instance, if you’re a full time blogger, consider taking a class on photography, or social media marketing. The class could prove extremely useful to your career, and you will be motivated to advance your career with a new skill under your belt!
Last week I wrote a piece for Lifehack on how to make your schedule more productive and successful. I know most of my followers are interested in anything that can improve their working day, so I thought I would post a link to the article here. Happy reading!
This Is What The Schedules Of Successful People Look Like:- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/this-what-the-schedules-successful-people-look-like.html