As an introvert, I find that there are many benefits for working from home. I can arrange my time, be surrounded by peace and feel extremely productive – not to mention creative. As someone who is working as a freelancer, there are certain things I’ve learned from working from home. Working from home means there are no factors that can cause a high amount of stress, as I love talking to people, but there are days it can really drain my batteries. You will need to remember to go outdoors and breathe in fresh air and feel the wind against your face. Some days you might feel motivated to go to the nearby cafe or sit in the park in the Summer time.
Make sure you always have a list for the day in order to stay productive. If you’re a huge to-do list person, then you know that satisfying feeling of ticking everything off the box. It makes you feel organised and makes you feel happy to accomplish the tasks for the day. It also allows you to stay on top of your work and manage your time. I find having a bottle of water or a cup of tea to sip on every hour is important. You need to stay hydrated in order to function. My brain feels like it dries out if I don’t have a lot of water to keep it charged. This also goes with standing up every now and then to get your body moving and your blood flowing.
Sure, the thought of working from home may cause people to picture someone in their PJ’s. However, I find that getting dressed for work separates the personal from professional. It also makes me get into working mode, because wearing my pajamas all day makes me feel like rolling back into bed. Wake up early to make the most of the day. Although, you don’t need to set the alarm clock to get ready to go to an office, it’s still important to wake up early. Getting work done in the morning can really kick start your day like a good breakfast or cup of coffee does. Plus, you will have spare time to do other things, rather than working late into the night.
When working remotely as a freelancer or contractor, keep your work space clean and comfortable. This is the environment you will associate with work, and having a clean work space can make it much more inspiring and motivating to get things done. It can also make you feel more organised. As with every job, it’s important to take a one hour lunch break. I found from my experience working at home, that I would often forget to eat, especially when I just started. It’s good to set a specific time that you stick with for lunch breaks.
This one is sort of a personal one, but I hope some Introverts may be able to relate to it – don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s one thing to feel stressed in an office environment, but many introverts are known for setting high standards or being quite hard on themselves. As with everyone, we are our own worse critic. Remember to take it easy, and at the end of the day – enjoy it! Working from home is such a great opportunity to use your creativity to its full potential.
Find balance in your work and life. As with everything, too much of anything is not good. Have balance in your life to enjoy your work and your relaxation time. Find time to go out to see a movie at the cinema, take a long walk at the park or meet up with a friend on the weekend. Remember to take care of your health. Don’t neglect your body by working constantly until your tummy rumbles :)
Do you work from home? If so, what do you do to stay motivated and focus?