For starters, being in your home means you are surrounded with a plethora of distractions. Aside from the usual TV, dog, kids, and other distractions you wouldn’t find in a “regular” corporate office, being isolated and cooped up can make you feel stir crazy!For many people, the idea of working from home is a dream come true. And you know what? They’re absolutely right! However, it’s not always as easy as one would think.
So how can you work from home and stay sane at the same time? Here are five valuable tips I’ve learned by running my own business (Credit Card Forum) from my home office for 3 years and counting.
Tip #1: Limit your distractions
First and foremost, you should get rid of as many distractions as possible. This means working in a room that has no TV. If your job involves a computer, it’s best to set ground rules for time-wasters like Facebook and news sites… don’t use them during your working hours! The same holds true for texting with friends – you wouldn’t be able to do that at a regular office, so why waste time doing it at your home office?
Tip #2: Have a comfortable chair
This may be the best investment you could make. Years ago when I was working for the man, I remember the cheap computer chair I had to sit in (it was the most entry-level model you could imagine). The surface was so hard, I would constantly have to re-adjust my body throughout the day to prevent my behind from going numb! So the first thing I did when I became self-employed was buy a comfortable chair – what a world of difference! I’m not saying you should go buy a Lazy Boy to sit in, but being comfortable and being productive usually go hand-in-hand.