Working at home can bring a sense of freedom. It’s the feeling of being your own boss, even if you are not. You can eat when you want, drink when, and what you want. there are a lot of rules that can be broken when someone else is not watching.
However, it is wise to say, ‘never treat another adult like an unruly child.’ This is true. Especially, when it comes to people who work from home. The biggest catch for people who work from whom is being able to balance newly found freedom with serious work from home. That is not always easy. Some work from home jobs are often randomly timed. Meaning, the next days schedule may not be known until the next day. That makes planning hard. Here are a few tips that may help or inspire a well planned work/home life schedule.
Make sure the job you choose can also, work with your home life.
The responsibilities you have are not only to your employer. There are responsibilities at home, as well. Make sure you are clear in every way what will be expected from you from your employer. In other words, always ask questions. It is important to know every task and every responsibility in order to know how to plan within your work schedule. Asking the right questions can help you get that understanding. Right down your questions and the answers. This will help you evaluate how much time you will need to spend doing work, and determine how much time in between you may have for home responsibilities.
Some work from home jobs can take up too much of your needed time for personal matters. Remember. Do not take on anything that’s going to be to much. You may find that it was easier to work away from than at home. Having important matters for going to the doctor or anything else important should not be hard to be able to take time off to do.
Beware of random.
There is a difference between being a responsible and reliable employee, and being taken for granted. Do not let your good quality be thought of as ‘take for granted.‘ Too many random tasks thrown at you during any time in your day or night is not fair. Let your employer know, “Hey, I can’t work after 4:00 pm,” If it is not definite and an agreement between you and your employer, set the time yourself. Give yourself time for you and/or family.
Get up at a regular time every work day.
Set your alarm. Get up. Take a shower. Get dressed. Give yourself time for a good breakfast and some wake-up time. Be refreshed and alert. All random cannot be avoided. This will also, help that your day stays active and non-lethargic. Remember. You have to balance home and work. Getting out of bed too late causes slagging. Do not slag your day. Do home and work so that the weekend can be clear for fun.
Go to bed!
Every night before your work day, go to bed. Make sure you give yourself at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Not going to bed on time causes slag, also. You’ll feel tired, and sluggish. You’ll move slower, and get less done. This includes what you can get done at home, as well as, for work.
Having the habit of going to bed too late and sleeping to long can lead to depression for even a healthy person. It is also, a fast track to a lowered immunity for fighting disease and sickness. Such as, the Coronavirus. Don’t get depressed, and don’t get sick.
Make two to-do lists.
Make two to-do lists. Make one for the things that are needed done for your home and one for work. Take some from your home list and put with your work list. Having a little extra time between working can give you enough time to do things at home. For instance, taking out the trash, loading the dishwasher, starting laundry etc. It depends, of course, on how much extra time you’ll actually have. Remember, to scratch off everything accomplished.
Keep a schedule.
Plan what time you are going to get up; what time are you going to have breakfast; what time are your going to have lunch; what time are you going to take at least 15 minute breaks. Breaks are just as important at home as it is in a job away from home. Take regularly scheduled breaks. It is good for your health.
Don’t forget to schedule how long you are going to spend on these breaks. Are you going to spend 30 minutes having lunch or an hour. Just make sure that they start and stop at scheduled times. Keep them cohesive to quitting time. Don’t schedule a 15 minute break 30 minutes before quitting time. Use your away from home job’s schedule as a template.
Plan your lunch.
What do you truthfully have time to do? Will you have time to cook lunch? Most work at home jobs may not provide enough time to cook lunch. Know the limit. Prepare ahead your lunch to maintain it within a schedule. A schedule like 30 minutes to an hour. This would include any food ordering, as well. Stick to a schedule. A schedule is reliable, and trustworthy that you are truthfully responsible.
Maintain schedule upkeep.
Remember, to work on your next days schedule during your current work day. As things come along, and things come to mind, write them down. This will help you keep up with making the schedule and update your to-do list. These two things are symbiotic to a well organized schedule, and making sure that all things are getting done. Doing this will help to free up more of your time at the end of the work day.