Tips for Getting Started When Working from Home


What is it really like working from home?

The answer may surprise you.

Ahh the glamour.  Hanging around in your pajamas all day while you sit comfortably at your desk eating Snickers and Cheese-Its while chatting with your friends through Skype. You smell your freshly brewed coffee and realize that you really have no boss standing over you; breathing down your neck. You have a little party of one.
The career we all dream of. Right? No one to watch over us, no cubicle mates gossiping about whom they saw last night and to whom they were out with, and no one making google eyes at the water cooler.
Here you are, feet propped up, staring blankly at the computer screen wondering just where you should start with the day’s projects. The next thing you know you look at that little clock down in the right hand corner and its noon.
Before you know it, 4 hours have passed and you have done nothing.
That is why everyone wants to work from home, isn’t it? To be free to work and do as you please.
But, sometimes this new-found freedom can be a tad bit overwhelming.

Here are a few tips to help you out.

It is important that you set a daily goal list. In this daily goal list I recommend not only writing down what you would LIKE to get done, but what HAS to be done.
Cross things off as you go along.
Make a routine. Start work at the same time every day.
Spend some time clearing out your email accounts.  Get rid of all your spam. Items that do not pertain to your work day should be set aside until later. Make the unsubscribe button your best friend.
I find what works best for me is to reward myself once I have completed a task. Then I take a small break and reply to a few personal emails. This way, work has been done, I feel better and I am no overloaded with tons of emails at the end of the work day.
Another trick that works well for me is having my Skype set to “busy:working “ that way, if someone personal tries to chat with me and I give them a “Hey I am working, talk later” message I do not feel so bad for being short. I have work to do as I am sure they do as well.
Not only are you the employee you are the boss and you have to act like one. All the responsibilities lay on your shoulders and you can no pass along jobs to someone else.
“Working from home is almost like book camp, you have to be tough and buckle down. – Chrystal Mahan
Don’t get me wrong, it does have its advantages. You don’t have to commute, you can work in your PJ’s, no one is going to care if you wake up with a huge zit on your head, it is okay to be a few minutes late, and no one will be staring at you if you walk in all red-eyed from the night before.
If I have any words of advice for those about to walk into the world of working from home it would be “Buckle up soldier, you have a lot of work to do!” – Chrystal Mahan
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