Have you reached the stage in your life when you no longer want to work outside of the home? But how do you make it work for you, your family, and your pocketbook? Consider the common rewards of working from home, such as you can save money, save wear and tear on your car, spend more time in your favourite place, spend more time with your family, and not have to deal with the outrageous gas prices or expensive insurance rates. One of the biggest reasons people decide to work from home is to save money while making money. It all sounds so appealing, doesn’t it?
Over the years we have learned that when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. You can make your work from home career much more rewarding, and the old adage will not stand true for you. Let’s take a look at five ways that you can make your work from home experience more rewarding, and dare we say, even fun and let’s not forget, profitable.
1 . Designate your Work Area
Is there a favorite room in your house that you enjoy with little or no distractions? Then make this your workspace. After all, it is a home office now that you work from home, so why not spruce it up the way you want to? If your budget allows, you could build a new home office, whichever you choose, but one thing is certain, it will be your home office designed by you, so live a little! But be sure to keep our next point in mind.
2. Switch Up your Work Areas
Even if you’ve designed the most efficient, modern, or unique workspace in your home, it does not hurt to switch things up a little. Eventually, even if you have the best desk in the world, you may grow tired of sitting at it day after day for hours at a time. Before this feeling takes you over, consider working elsewhere as a backup plan.
For instance, if you’re a coffee drinker, why not run to the coffee shop you’ve never set foot in before? Set yourself up there with a fresh cup of java, and get to work. Or maybe you love your local library, why not work from there one day instead of at home, alone, where you can easily get distracted by kids, pets, television, or something else?
The options are endless and all a part of being able to work from home. It’s your choice, why not make it one you’ll enjoy?
3. Look to Others for Inspiration
Why not? There is a plethora of information available at your fingertips. Whether you surf the web and read inspirational blogs, or you patiently listen to another person’s podcast, you can find inspiration and the motivation to make the most of your working from home experience.
Digital media has made a huge difference to society and entrepreneurs that choose to work from home. There are videos, articles, blogs, podcasts, webinars, and so much more online that you can find inspiration from. Whichever choice you make, in the end, you’ll feel motivated, educated, and inspired.
4. Strive to Learn Something New Daily
The search for knowledge is an affliction that all humans share, and there truly is no antidote for it. We are always looking to learn something new and get new knowledge. The internet has given us the means to research any topic we choose and educate ourselves about it, thus learning something new. Try to learn something new every day, there really is no amount of knowledge we can’t arm ourselves with.
By learning something new each day, whether it’s a new skill, internet shortcut, a new app that can increase your productivity, a new word to add to your vocabulary, or a new way of making your work easier and smoother, learn it and fit it into your life. Task complete!
Obviously, in this case, you are educating yourself on the finer points of making a work from home opportunity more rewarding. Once you learn this knowledge, you can tuck it away for later use and help someone else, which leads us to the next point.
5. Make Somebody’s Day
Nothing can make your day more rewarding than by making someone else’s day. Something as simple as a smile or a thank you will help make a person’s day, and in doing so, you will feel good and reap the benefits of a job well-done.
The options to make somebody’s day are also endless. You can introduce them to a friend of a friend of a friend for some work they may need to be done. Or you could teach them how they could also make a career out of working from home too There are so many things you can do to help make someone’s day as rewarding as your own, you just need to be open-minded and willing enough to do so, leading us to the next point.
6. Set Your Hours and Stick to Them
One of the biggest advantages of working from home is being able to set your own schedule, no argument there. But what type of schedule do you want to keep? Are you more productive in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, or overnight? First, you need to decide which one is true, and much of this will depend on the type of work you are doing remotely. Once you figure that much out, then it’s time to move forward and work on making your work-at-home experience that much better.
Set your hours, be specific, and stick with those set hours. By doing this, you can discipline yourself into understanding the difference between family or playtime and work time. Most people who work outside the home have a set schedule, and just because you are now able to work in your pajamas doesn’t mean you should not abide by that rule also. The number of hours you want or need to work a day should be scheduled, and you should stick with those hours. Feel free to schedule lunch breaks too, after all, you are working from home and still need nourishment and a break once in a while to avoid getting burned out.
7. Dress for Success
Another advantage of working from home is that you can dress however you like, no one is going to see you. Again, this could depend on the type of work you are engaged in. Because if you have a video conference call with a business client, you do not want to look like something the kitty drug in from outside. You can still keep it professional by dressing to impress even if you are working from your patio table. Whether your work requires you to video conference with clients or not, dressing for success will help you increase your productivity, motivation, inspiration, self-esteem, self-awareness, and admit it when you dress more attractively, you always feel better about yourself!
8. Create a Task List Daily
Even with the advantage of being able to work from home, creating a daily task list will benefit you greatly. Every night, create your to-do list for work the next day. Once you are in work mode the next day, follow your list from beginning to end. Be sure to list those tasks that need to be taken care of first at the beginning, and work your way down from there.
After you complete your list and have marked each task as complete, you will notice that your efficiency and productivity will increase, and you will be able to accomplish more from your work at home career.
9. Create Daily Routines
Whether you work from home full-time or part-time, you need to consider creating daily routines. While routines can get tedious at times, they are still beneficial to you especially when you work from home. For the eight hours or however long you are working that day, be sure to get yourself into a routine of sorts.
A daily routine can go like this: 8 am Check emails and reply to them, 8:30 am grab a bite for breakfast, 9 am begin working productively, 11 am take a quick 15-minute break…and so on. Adapt yourself to a daily routine, include accomplishing the items on your task list, and by the end of the workday, you can reward yourself for a job well done, leading us to the next point.
10. Treat Yourself
You’ve done it, well done! Your work day has come to a close, you’ve accomplished all that you set out to do with ease. There is no shame in your game, it’s time to reward yourself with something special whether it’s an extra cup of your favourite java or a new notebook, you deserve it.
Even if you haven’t managed to do each of the steps mentioned just yet, you still made it through another workday, and life is looking up. You’ve worked hard, and deserve a little something as your own personal reward.
In conclusion, there are several ways to make your working at home experience more rewarding, those listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. The ability to work from home is a wonderful experience and you can