Today, we’ll see things from the opposite side and talk about what you should avoid when working at home:
1. Work Non-Stop
Set a specific amount of time you want to work every day. When the time’s up, you need to get up and stop working.
It’s ridiculously easy to keep working, especially if you feel like it, but it’s important to stop working when you have to.
That helps in two ways. First, you’ll keep a nice work-life balance and not burn out. Second, if you’re strict with when you stop, it’ll get easier to get strict with the time you’ll start, even if you don’t feel like it.
2. Starting Easy
Don’t start with the easy stuff. Start with the most difficult, most important tasks first.
I could start work every day with cleaning up my inbox – and believe me, I need to – but I’d spend hours on it and still not do anything really productive.
Because how does cleaning up my inbox helps my business, huh?
Don’t worry, though. There is time for everything – even the most menial tasks.
3. Saying Yes To Everything
For some stupid reason, when you work from home, people tend to believe you have all the free time you want.
Even if you make more money than them.
Even if you work more than them.
They still believe they can ask any favour and since you don’t have a boss, you can just stop working and do what they asked you to. And of course, if you tell them you have to work, they’ll tell you: “Well, but you can take a break whenever you want, right? It’s not like someone will fire you.”
Yeah… well, it doesn’t work like that. You can’t just stop working if you have a set schedule. And you need one if you want to be productive.
So make sure you set boundaries from early on, and say no to things that can take away your time.
Oh, and if your friends keep persisting, have a talk with them to explain more about the situation. And if this doesn’t help, you may want to consider if they’re really your friends.
4. Mixing Housework With Business
I know it may be tempting, but doing housework while working isn’t a good idea. Even if you do it during a break, it’s still something that takes away your energy.
Plus, you may feel like you finished something and you deserve to take a nap when all you did was washing the dishes.
So keep the housework for the end of your day and do more important tasks during your most productive hours.
5. Persist On Things That Don’t Work
Everything you try for your business requires a trial-and-error approach. Here’s the process:
- Try something.
- If it works, keep doing it.
- Otherwise, change it a little – or a lot.
- After changing it, go to Step 1.
Doing the same thing over and over again, even if it doesn’t work, is stupid. Just because someone says it works, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
* Of course, don’t use this as an excuse to give up too early. Give everything you try a decent amount of time before you decide it’s not right for you. For example, working out for a week won’t make a difference. That doesn’t mean working out doesn’t work for you. It just means it’s too early to see any results.
If you want to read more about the topic, check this out: How To NOT Succeed In Working From Home