If you’ve made the decision to freelance in any sort of capacity or any sort of industry, setting up a home office is a priority. And there’s a lot more to it than putting a desk, chair and computer in your living room.
Something else you need to know is how you can be productive. A distraction free home office is a big deal and it can mean the difference between success and failure.
Keep reading to learn what I’ve personally found has set me up for the success that I’ve attained thus far.
Make a List
Every day, I wake up and make a to-do list. I then a lot these tasks a time slot. It may seem like extra work, and in a way it is, but it makes my day more streamlined.
I know exactly what needs to be done and when I need to have it done by. Everything from writing content to reading emails has a time slot. So do my breaks and these have their own list of personal tasks attached to them.
The Home Office
Having a wfh office that is set up properly is a key component to your new lifestyle.
You need a room with a door on it. Post your office hours on the door so family and friends won’t distract you. Your office should be comfortable but should have anything like a TV or anything unnecessary to your work.
This includes staying off of social media for personal reasons. As hard as it is, don’t use your work computer for anything personal. Don’t download Netflix apps or any kind of entertainment that may distract you.
Your office should include the basics like a disk, chair, and computer. It should also have anything else that may be necessary to work productively. Pens, paper, a printer, and storage all come to mind.
You don’t want to be constantly running around the house looking for a paper clip. Make sure everything you need is located in your office.
Something many people overlook is proper lighting. If you work in front of a computer all day, focus on natural lighting but make sure to have a desk lamp as well as overhead lighting to help reduce eyestrain.
Start the Day off Right
It’s easy to work all day in your pajamas. Snacking is a notoriously bad habit for freelancers.
Wake up, shower, get dressed, and eat a healthy breakfast just as you would do for a regular job.
Address Cabin Fever
No one can stand to work in their own home office all day long, seven days a week. You need to allot some time for leaving the house. Go buy groceries on one of your breaks, meet a client at a local coffee shop, or pick your kids up from school. Go to their extracurricular activities.
If you have a family, one of the perks of working from home is the ability to spend more time with your loved ones. Take advantage. Not only should you use your ability to take off to see the kids play sports and attend recitals, you can use breaks to plan family outings and vacations. It’s not like you have a boss who can deny you time off, right?
The first few months in your home office will be the hardest. No one is instantly successful when left to their own devices.
We’ve spent too long being managed by other people. The complete freedom you now have is a double-edged sword. Don’t freak out if plan A doesn’t work. Just come up with a backup plan and keep trying new ways to be the best at what you do until your find the winning formula.
Thanks for reading. Please leave a comment below if you have anything you would like to add or think I should cover in a future topic.