What do I love about being freelance? I can work from home.
What do I hate about being freelance? I can work from home!
Yep, picking and choosing your hours and where you can work from is great, but it can also lead to distractions and there’s plenty of those at home! If you’re a freelance you have to be disciplined.
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On the days I’m working from home I still get up around 7am, just like I would if I was going into the office. Having a routine helps me get into work mode and I’m usually ready to face the working day by 8:30. However, there’s always those little distractions there to tempt you away from your paid work. Like the washing. Or vacuuming.
Who would have thought household chores could be so inviting!? I confess, my house is always at it’s tidiest when I’m working from home.
So how do I make sure I don’t become distracted? I allow myself to do those little household jobs which also helps to break up the day. If I don’t, I find it hard to concentrate and that’s ten times worse.
I’m not the kind of person who can sit in my PJ’s knowing there’s a wash load which could be on. Or the floor needs mopping. If I can get those few extra jobs done it helps me focus.
For me, a tidy workspace (or in this case house) means a tidy mind, which equals productivity. We don’t have the luxury of having a home office so I can’t just close the door on the rest of the house and pretend I’m at work.
It might sounds a little crazy and probably means I work longer hours, but when you work from home you have to find the best solution that works for you.
Are you a freelance? Do you work from home? How do you make sure you stay focused?