More and more women are taking the leap into entrepreneurship. Also, more and more companies are moving their employees into work at home positions to reduce overhead and overall costs. Both of these factors are leading to more women than ever working from home, either part of the time or all of the time.
The benefits of working from home are so great that it’s important that anyone who gives it a shot is successful at it. That’s why we decided to create a three part series of office tips to help you work effectively from home. Here is Part II and if you missed Part I last month, do yourself a favor and go back and read it as well. Part III will be available next month and the complete series is designed to help you make the most out of working from home either for yourself or for someone else. Enjoy!
- Keep your desk/workspace clean and organized. A tidy workspace promotes a tidy mind. It also saves you from having to search for things, making you even more productive. Purchase drawer organizers for effective filing. Take some time each week or each month to inventory your papers/supplies to see what you need and what you don’t. If you don’t have a calendar or running to-do list, you need them!
- Keep lists. A good thing to start doing is keeping three lists of three. The first list is three things that you have to get done today. The second list is three things you’d like to get done today, but aren’t essential. The third list is three things that need to get done in the future. This helps keep you on track and provides a list of readily available tasks to work on if you have extra time in your workday.
- Don’t stop working if you’re having a bad day. There will be days when you don’t feel like your usual creative, productive self. Do not use this as an excuse to take a day off. Force yourself to get as much done as you can. Even if it’s just smaller things. Take a SHORT break and walk around the block or go out and grab a coffee. If you quit for the day when things get hard, it will make it even harder to get back to work the next day. If you’re always stopping when you feel frustrated, you will never get your work done.
- Don’t go back to work after you’ve finished for the day. Even if you get a fantastic idea, jot down the main points quickly and leave them on your desk. If you jump into a new project after you’ve already put in a full day’s work, you will mess up your whole schedule. You need those hours of personal time to do other things that are important, like eating a good meal, getting a full night’s sleep, spending time with family, exercising, and relaxing. Trust me, your creative mojo will not disappear overnight.
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