If you are starting a new career from home, or attempting to work more from home rather than at the office, I have some information that will get you off to a great start.
Having a proper work environment is vital to achieve professional results at home
Working at home sounds appealing to many people, and it is. However, there’s far more to it than just being your own boss, or not having to commute back and forth to an office. The following information helped launch my career, as well as many other people who have enjoyed a successful career from home.
So, let’s take a look at how you can improve your chances of success, before you even start.
Your Work Space
Having a proper work space is vital in maintaining a professional work ethic. If you plan to do most of your work while sitting on the couch, it will show in your results. It might not right away due to a fresh enthusiasm, but it will eventually.
Dedicate a space in the home, whether that’s a separate room, or a corner of a room that you can put a desk. This will help in achieving a professional atmosphere for you, as well as your family. I have young children, and they know that when I am at my desk, I am working.
Next, make sure you prepare this work space with quality ergonomic tools, such as a chair, wrist pad, and a monitor at the proper height. Dr. Amy Grabowski, a Chiropractor, stresses the importance of using ergonomic tools to relieve the stress that sitting at a computer all day can have on the body.
I have had problems with my back for years, and have had a difficult time in finding back pain relief, after trying various methods. So, I knew I had to find a decent chair. Once I did, it significantly reduced the stress on my back, hips, neck, and even the eyes due to being able to sit closer to the monitor.
Working from home comes with distractions that you wouldn’t typically get from working at a brick and mortar job. Some of these distractions are:
* Home phone
* Neighbors dropping by
It will be impossible to eliminate all distractions, but you can diminish them with a few easy steps. For example, I set the ground rules for my kids early on. They know that when I am at my desk, I am working and that the interruptions need to be limited.
For the home phone, shut it off. Let people know that they can call you for emergencies on your cell phone during the day. We got rid of our land line all together, and just use our cell phones now. So, that helps, especially since you can often set distinctive ring tones for certain callers.
If someone stops by, ignore it. If it’s important, they can call your cell phone. However, if a neighbor stops by to chat, it could significantly cut into your day, as well as your creative flow you might have going.
Unfortunately, pets aren’t trained to the point of knowing not to interrupt you while working. So, I suggest letting them out and tending to their needs before they interrupt you in the middle of something. Do this during your breaks, which is what I am going to talk about next.
I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is to take breaks during the day. If needed, schedule them right in your calendar, and set an alarm to remind you. Little mini breaks will help to refresh your mind and body throughout the day, so you can make it through the day much easier. Just a couple 15 minute breaks will do wonders for you, and your work.
Get up and move around during these breaks. Let the dog out, or take him for a walk. It’s also a great time to get a protein snack to boost your energy. These breaks are not to replace a lunch, which is also important. Working straight through without breaks and eating healthy, is a direct path to early burnout.
I have just shared some information that has helped me with my career at home, by keeping me energized, both body and mind. Hopefully you can take at least some of this to apply to your own work environment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Munroe is a freelance writer, currently writing a series of articles with a Chiropractor in Sacramento on the benefits of ergonomics. He lives in CA, with his family.