4 Things You Shouldn't Give Up
Just Because You Work From Home
Copyright © 2012, April Aragam, All Rights Reserved
So, you've decided to work from home. Good for you! While working from home holds many benefits, you'll also quickly learn how easy it is to fall into bad habits. The following is a list of things you don't want to stop doing simply because you are working from home:
1. Getting dressedFor the first little while, working in your pajamas is fun and easy. For some the novelty lasts, but for many getting dressed sets the tone for the day. If you find yourself lounging more than working while you're in pajamas, it's time to dress for work. You don't have to go all out like you're heading to an office, but at least get into daytime clothes. The same goes for putting on makeup and doing your hair. These things make most of us feel good, there is no reason to not do them just because you're working at home. Look good for yourself first and others second.
2. Going out for lunch
Yes, it's convenient and cheaper to eat lunch at home since you're right there, but you don't want to lose all of your social interactions. A couple of times a week plan to have lunch with friends. If you do need to save money, pack a lunch and bring it along. The point of going out for lunch is to get out of the house and get together with friends. Being cooped up in the house all week long is enough to make even a homebody go a little crazy. Interacting with other people and being able to people watch is important for a writer.
3. Asking for helpWhile it's true that you're working from home and everything is right there, it's a falsehood that is automatically becomes your total responsibility. After all, you have a job of your own to do, you can't also be expected to do all the chores everyday. When this happens it's usually the job that gets set aside. Instead, remind family members that you're also doing a job and they need to contribute to the chores.
4. Taking breaks
If you were working in an office you would have a lunch break and probably another short break within your work day. Don't forget to take these breaks when you work from home. It's also important that you don't allow yourself to become a workaholic. Work for a decent amount of time and then enjoy your free time. It's easy to want to work extended hours when work is always staring at you. To avoid this problem, have your workspace in an area that you're not always in or hide the workspace when you're finished.
Working from home has many benefits. You have much more freedom than when working in an office, not to mention the ability to be more casual and save money. If you can avoid the pitfalls that people who work from home are susceptible to, you'll be just fine.