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26 Jul



Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. While you have the freedom to decide on your daily schedule and not worry about commuting, or even wearing sensible clothes, you are still in for a great challenge. You may find yourself unable to focus and finish tasks on time. Think of the distractions as hurdles in a race, only in your case, each of those hurdles is grabbing you by the leg, trying to effectively stop you. Your family and neighbours might think that you´re readily available always. Many will try to overload you with tasks, thinking that you have all the time in the world. And, of course, we all know how difficult it is to fight off procrastination, clickbaits and the black hole that is the Internet.

Luckily, there are many freelancers and teleworkers just like you. A general rulebook of how to work from home materialised based on their shared experiences. Here are some of the most important rules.

State your purpose

You have a home-based job, but one thing you should never forget is to treat it like a real job. Stick to a daily routine. Get up early and get ready for work, just like you would do for a traditional office setting. If you´re more productive during the latter part of the day, finish all your small chores first, like answering emails and sending your post, and avoid taking time away from your actual workload. Dress appropriately. If you´re not taking your performance seriously, nobody else will. Respect deadlines and report regularly to your supervisors.

Organisation is everything

This goes not only for your time management but also for your work space. Find a quiet room in your apartment or set up a separate home office. Let your family know that your work space is off limits and that they should try not to disturb you. Invest in a comfortable chair and a sturdy desk. Even if you´re more into electronic calendars and organisers, you´ll want to supply your cosy office with professional-looking stationary, personalised business cards, and invoice books. This sends an important message to anyone who hires you. Keep track of your assigned tasks and deadlines with the help of colourful stickers, folders and notepads, like the ones at Icprint, which you can customise in terms of size, finish and even by adding artwork. We promise, writing things down the old-fashioned way will make your life much easier.

The importance of a coffee break

What you´ll be missing from your previous job is probably that amazing coffee machine. Not only because it made the best espresso, but also because this is where you and your co-workers chatted your tiredness and frustration away. It is equally important that you reconnect with the outer world. Take a break and go outside for a walk. Stay in touch with your clients and “virtual” co-workers by checking in from time to time. Go out for dinner with your old friends. You´ll notice how healing ‘let´s go for a drink’ can be. Lastly, avoid burnouts and fatigue by pacing yourself accordingly. Take a break, even if you think you don´t need one. As a matter of fact, you do.

Clock in for work, not for social networks

The average time spent on social media mounts up to two hours per day, according to one statistic. We very well know that this can break out into a four-hour spree of languidly scrolling up and down your Facebook newsfeed or Twitter page. And not to mention all those newstainment websites like Buzzfeed and Mashable, online games and Pandora boxes of GIFs, memes and whatever. There is nothing wrong with this, but all those forums and YouTube channels are not paying you for your work. So, consider this the next time you log into any social media “just to check out what´s new”. You clocked in for work, not for mindless procrastination.


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