Many entrepreneurs work from home, myself included. Maybe you’re trying to scale your small business, (something that Rick Schaden, the CEO of Consumer Capital Partners, knows a lot about.) Or, maybe you can’t afford to rent office space yet or simply thrive at home and love your home office.
No matter your reason for working where you live, there are ways to be even more efficient. Here are some examples:
1. Set regular work hours. Working from home requires a lot of discipline. If you know when you need to be sitting at your desk every week, you’ll take the guesswork out of creating a schedule every day.
2. Separate work time from personal time. It’s important to work when you plan to, but it’s also important to stop working during your time off. If you work during your personal time, you’ll eventually burn out.
3. Figure out your ideal workflow. Set your priorities for the day and figure out how long each project will take you. Also, decide what you’re going to work on if you end up with extra time.
4. Break up your day. Add planned breaks into your regular schedule. Get up from your desk during those break times and venture out of your office. By unplugging for a bit, even if it’s just 15 minutes, you’ll refresh your mind so that you’re ready to return to work. Without these breaks and rests, you won’t be as efficient as possible.
5. Get dressed. You may not want to put on a suit and tie to sit in your home office, but there should be some amount of dressing up once you roll out of bed. Brush your teeth, run a comb through your hair, and put on clean clothing, even it it’s just a comfy t-shirt and jeans.
6. Make sure you have office space at home, even if you don’t have a dedicated room to work from. If you don’t have a desk and an area in which to work, you’ll wind up lounging on your couch with your laptop in front of you, which isn’t great for productivity.
7. Set boundaries with the other people in your home. Encourage your roommate, spouse, kids, or dog from hanging out in your office area while you work. Tell them when you’ll be working or hang a sign from the door when you don’t want to be disturbed.
8. Clean up. When you work in a regular office, there’s a team that comes in at night to clean. When you work from home, you’re your own janitor. Keep your office neat, clean, and organized. Empty the garbage every day, dust once in a while, and wipe down surfaces once a week.
9. Play music! When you work from home, there’s no one to be distracted by your music. Play whatever you need to in order to focus or get inspired.
By using these tips, you’ll soon be an expert at working remotely. You may not need to rent that office space after all!