A lot of people might think that being able to work at home has got to be the most enjoyable thing that you could do and probably think it’s a piece of cake. So why write about making it more enjoyable to work at home? Because, it’s not as easy as one would think to be working from home. There are a lot of different stress factors that can make the job extremely different. These stress factors are far different than the ones a person has to deal with if they are working away from the home. But there are ways to help fight the different distractions and stress factors that you might be facing working at home and make it more enjoyable.
One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to make the environment in which you work pleasant. You need a space just for you that you can call your office. This is an area just for your work and should be decorated in a way that makes you happy. It’s your space and you don’t have any corporate rules or guidelines that you are required to follow. So add whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you smile. Put whatever plants you want surrounding you, knickknacks, whatever. Play music you love in the background to your hearts content. There’s no one who can stop you from doing what you want, so do it.
Make sure that the job you choose to do at home is going to be something that you enjoy. If you choose something that you hated doing when you worked away from home, the feelings for that kind of work is not going to suddenly change just because you are doing it at home now. You need to do something you want to do and something that will help make the time fly by. The last thing you want in your own home is a job you can’t wait till you are finished doing. You might as well go get one of those away from home, it’s no different.
Make sure to always plan your day the night before. Write down all the things you have to do when it comes to the job, this should include your lunch and breaks, errands that you might need to do and even some time just for yourself. Remember, working at home means you are more freedom. You don’t have to be as rigid as you would be if you worked on a job for someone else away from the home. You can decide how much time you need to get the work done and spend the rest of the time doing what you want or things that you need to do and all without getting permission.
You need to be able to make your plans for work as flexible as you can. Don’t let yourself start feeling guilty if miss a day of work or you don’t get as much done as you wanted on a certain day. Make sure you have back up plans ready so that you can compensate for these things on a different day.
Do things that might inspire you to work better. If you are a writer if reading a newspaper or a magazine helps to inspire you to find new ideas, then do it. If going outside in your garden and picking some flowers to put on your desk refreshes you then do that. Whatever helps you perform your job better do it. It will make the stress level go a lot lower.
Try to add a little bit of exercise in your work day. Get up and stretch, go outside and walk around for a few minutes, if you like things that are very physical then go for a job or brisk walk, go to the gym or play some tennis. Just make sure to get a little bit of exercise during your work day to keep the blood flowing.
If you find that sitting in your office the entire day you are working, then move your job somewhere else. If you have a laptop take it outside with you and do some of your work while you enjoy a few sun rays.
Make sure to schedule yourself regular days off, just because you work at home doesn’t mean you have to work seven days a week. You also need to make sure that you take time off for vacation time. Working at home does not mean that vacations no longer exist.