Working from Home
Not having to go into an office can be a glorious thing. You get to avoid office politics and work in your pajamas (if that’s your thing). But for some people, working from home can involve distractions, boredom, and loneliness.
In order to make working from home work for you, make sure you have dedicated space that you consider your workspace. This might be your home office or garage, or it may be your kitchen table or even your bed, if that works for you. The point is that creating a familiar work ritual can help you be more efficient. Make sure the workspace is comfortable. If you have a home office, give it some life with a plant, a nice desk, and a comfortable chair. If you’re going to be spending hours in your workspace, you might as well make it warm and inviting.
Entrepreneur has a great list of things to keep in mind when working from home, and one of the best ones is making sure you create opportunities to conduct work outside of the house. If you need to have a meeting with someone, go to a nearby coffee shop or park. If you find you’ve been staring at a screen for three hours, go outside and take a walk. When you home is your office, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you’re in work mode all the time, but you should make sure you give yourself breaks so you don’t go crazy.
Remember that working allows you to deduct certain costs come tax time, so be sure to track costs like utilities and work-related furniture.