Everyone today, it seems, wants that elusive dream of working from home and making a living that way. They don’t want to do the commuting in rush hour traffic anymore, nor do they want to live according to someone else’s schedule all the time. They feel if they were working from home, they would be able to do things at their own pace and in their own time.
While this may be true up to a certain point, what you need to understand is that, even with working from home, you will still need to keep to a time table of sorts. Your clients, customers or the company you work for will more than likely have certain deadlines you need to meet. If you are just working “whenever,” it’s going to be a bit difficult to meet those deadlines. Soon, you’ll find yourself right back where you were before you landed a work from home gig.
So before you go jumping through hoops to get a work at home job, look deep within yourself and be honest about some things. The first one you need to consider is whether or not you get distracted easily. This can be a huge problem if you do. Everyone that watches television can get distracted when a favorite show or movie comes on. Would you be keeping your television turned on while you’re working, and would you stop your work to watch something that came on? This is a horrible idea if you distract easily.
The same goes for doing things such as checking your email and social networking accounts constantly. When you check your email and find something that you feel needs attention, or you just want to handle it now, you lose time that needed to have been spent on getting work done. Social networking sites can be fun but they can also be terribly distracting. Before you know it, you’ve spent 3 hours chatting and playing games on your social networking site.
These things cannot go on everyday if you plan to work from home successfully. You MUST be able to focus on work during the time you set aside to do this. Yes, one reason for working at home is to be able to do things on your own time a bit more, but that’s not going to be definitive. There WILL be deadlines of a sort that you’ll need to meet.
It’s better to form a routine that you can comfortably live with so that you can get all of your work related tasks completed. Decide what time of day you want to begin working. Then stick to it unless an emergency arises. Planning and organization is necessary if you want to work from home. It’s all part of the self-discipline that’s needed to make your work from home venture a success.
Once you start your daily routine, things will just fall into place. If you get tempted at any time to fall into a non-disciplined routine, just think about how badly you wanted to work from home to begin with.