To many entrepreneurs, the freedom to work from home represents an ideal life of freedom, flexibility and fun…
What could be better than waking up to the sound of chirping birds, taking leisurely breaks at a whim, and having the freedom to spend some extra time with the kids?
One thing’s for sure- self employment permits an abundance of flexibility. But, while there’s no doubt that having control over your occupational environment and schedule brings about tons of benefits, striking the perfect balance between productivity and downtime can be hard to achieve.
For some people, having complete autonomy in work matters, simply isn’t realistic. Even for those who are able to effectively self-discipline and manage their time, being able to make the most of each day (in both work and personal matters) is a skill to be honed.
Top 30 Tips for Staying Productive and Sane While Working from Home
Those of you who know the joys of working from home, whether you’re self-employed or freelancing or telecommuting, know also the joys of procrastination and the lures of laying on the couch.
Now, I’m as much in favor of a good nap as the next guy, but a nap should be a break, not your default work mode.
On the other hand, working from home tends to blur the boundaries between work and personal life — if you work too hard, you will have no personal life left.
So how do we stay productive, and at the same time stay sane? As I recently quit my day job, I asked the readers for their advice. They came through, as always, and I’ve chosen a few of my favorites for others to use as a guide (well, I’m going to use it as a guide too).
1. Define your spaces; separate work from home. Have a room dedicated to working. Don’t do it wherever you happen to be. Set aside some space, preferably a room (it doesn’t have to be big) to be your workspace. That way, when you enter it, you know consciously what you’re there to do: go to work. It changes the state of mind from “I’m at home” to “I’m at work”.
2. Set regular hours, and stick to the schedule.
3. Don’t stay unshaved in pajamas. Instead, have breakfast, have a shower, get dressed. Then make a list of sensible tasks for the day and get started.
Do you work from home? What are your tips for maintaining a balance in your work and personal life? Share with us below! 🙂
XO & Juicy Love,
The Juicy Geniuses Team