Today we are talking all about the best tips for work from home beginners. If you have recently found yourself with a work from home job, here are a few of my personal favorite tips for those who are beginners to working at home.
Have you started working from home and find yourself wondering if there is such a thing as a typical day?
The easy answer is that this all depends on you!
If you’re craving a schedule and don’t know where to start, these simple tips and suggestions may have you excited to wake up and try them in the morning.
People who work at home tend to love it but find themselves struggling with consistency, willpower, and drive. (and while this might not be true for everyone working from home, it does tend to be the biggest struggles that WAH individuals encounter)
If you’re the type of person that craves structure and loves knowing what the day holds, there is a way that you can easily take hold of the reigns and figure out exactly what your day is going to be like.
Stop wasting time by just “wasting time” and instead make working at home be the most productive work experience that you’ve ever had.
How Do You Stay Motivated When Working From Home?
This is one of the biggest issues that will cause you to lose track of your day.
Self-motivation is actually really a “thing” so if you’re already lacking that, there’s a good chance that it’s going to trickle over and ruin your want for having a typical working day.
The easiest way to stay motivated when working from home is to create an atmosphere and a schedule that keeps you intrigued and interested.
I’m the type of person that believes that the hardest and less-favorite tasks should be done first and gotten out of the way so that you can easily breathe a sigh of relief and know that the rest of the day will be a downhill slide.
How Do You Structure Your Day When Working From Home?
This is the hardest part of creating a typical workday for yourself.
If you’re wanting every day to be the same when you’re working from home then you need to understand that you’re going to have to create some sort of function, flow, and structure.
Start off by organizing everything that you’re needing to get done and prioritize your day based on that.
The biggest part of the structure and working from home is taking the steps to realize that you need to be proactive instead of reactive to situations and tasks.
The Best Tips for Working at Home
As you can tell, if you build it, it will happen. (see what I did there?!)
But seriously, having a typical day when working from home all depends on you and how you set it up.
If you want your days to be scheduled and structured, you have what it takes to make them that way.
Here’s a few tips to help you get started:
Set Your Alarm and Give Yourself a Time to Start Working
It can be so hard to make this happen. In fact, this is probably one of the biggest struggles.
When you don’t have someone there holding you accountable to do anything, how do you find the motivation to get anything done?
Set your alarm as you would for a “normal” out of the home job, and get up when your alarm goes off. That’s your signal to yourself and your brain that it’s time to start the day.
Write out Your Weekly Work Tasks the Week Prior
I totally understand that things and work needs might change, but if you have the ability to write out some of your upcoming tasks to mentally prepare yourself to get them done, this is what you need to do.
I do this often by creating a time blocking schedule.
Sit down on Sunday night and take 10-15 minutes to write out what you have to get done this week.
These are assignments, projects, meetings, or anything else that is important for your upcoming work week.
Leave a bit of extra time for last-minute needs or for client meetings that need some of your attention as well.
And even though this schedule isn’t anything set in stone, it’s at least a basis that can help you create a typical workweek and organize your time effectively.
Schedule Breaks and Lunches Daily as Well
Just because you work from home and have the ability to take a break or grab a bite to eat when you want, that doesn’t mean that you still don’t need some sort of structure.
Instead of pausing on your workflow randomly throughout the day, schedule out some times that you need a break or your lunch so that you can add some normalcy to your workday as well.
You’ll notice that by doing this, you’ve created your schedule in a way that it can help it become a bit more typical and logical all at the same time.
Understand That the Word “Typical” Is Only Relevant to What You Think It Means
Did you know that some people actually think that a typical day when working at home means no structure and a bit of chaos?
And guess what?
That actually does work for some people.
There are some people out there who thrive in a reactive environment and feel that there is their “normal”.
But if that isn’t you, that’s 100% okay as well.
If you’re looking for your typical workday to be something that you can count on and work through like clockwork then you need to make certain to take some of the above steps to make it happen.
If you constantly let interruptions happen and let outsiders interrupt your workday, you’re never going to achieve the status that you’re wanting to have when working from home.
It’s also just as important to understand that creating a typical workday takes some time as well.
You need to allow yourself at least a couple of weeks to get your mind to mentally make the switch to having some sort of schedule.
Once that happens, you just may find that a typical day when working from home really wasn’t all that hard to accomplish after all.
Do you have any tips for those who work from home?