January is always a time to look forward to – it’s a chance to create a new beginning, set new goals, and focus on what lies ahead. With January completely behind us now and February almost halfway through – sometimes it’s easy to forget or brush aside the resolutions made January 1st. But we are here to remind you that you can achieve the goals you set and get back on the wagon! So long as you are honest and realistic in your resolutions, your goals are absolutely achievable! This can include work-from-home goals as well. Below we have put together 3 work-from-home resolutions to consider for a much more productive and successful year.
- 1.) Set a schedule!
Yes, one of the major perks of home-based positions is the flexibility they offer and not having to adhere to specific work hours per day. But sometimes, this huge amount of flexibility can be a double-edged sword and lead to procrastination, lack of structure, and ultimately just feeling overwhelmed. Set a schedule for yourself! And if that sounds too daunting, consider it a daily routine that works for you, your job, and your lifestyle.I’ll use myself as an example – every morning I work out first thing (it keeps me sane), then I come home and spend about a half hour following up on any emails or Skype messages that came in the night before, and I take my dog out. After that I set up email drops and look over my “to do” list to see what projects I will be working on for the day. Around noon, I take a break from those projects to work on social media posts, make coffee, and take my dog for a quick walk. Then it’s back to work. It’s a pretty simple schedule, but it works for me! The key is getting into a routine that works for you! You’ll get so much more accomplished, be much less stressed, and overall much more productive!
- 2.) Create a home office space that meets your needs!
With any home-based position, all you really need is a laptop and a phone so it makes it SO easy to be able to work from anywhere – your couch, bed, kitchen, etc. That doesn’t, however, mean you should! Making a space specifically for work sets the stage to keeping you much more on task and ultimately, more productive. Have fun with it and make it your own – after all, this will be the room you spend quite a lot of time in every day! Invest in comfortable furniture (it’s tax-deductible!), choose paint colors that create an ambience you’re content in, and get creative with ways to keep your office organized. You don’t even need to use an entire room for a home office – just finding a small nook in your house, or even transforming a closet into an office will do! Check out more ways to create the perfect home office space HERE.
- 3.) Make time for life outside of work!
Working from home is so convenient – sometimes, a little too convenient. Your computer is always accessible which makes it incredibly tempting to continue answering emails throughout the night, working on projects after hours, etc. But just because you work from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t end your work day like everyone else! Working around the clock, although it sounds like you’ll be able to accomplish more, actually is counter-productive. Not making time for anything besides work can lead to a lack of motivation, creativity, and simply just feeling burnt out. Schedule a specific time for ending your work day! Remember to take time for yourself – spend time with your family and friends, join a fitness class, attend a networking event to meet new people. By setting boundaries between your work day and personal life you’ll be happy, healthy, and refreshed – all things that will make you more productive.
Working from home is such a great opportunity, but like everything else, in order to be truly successful you need to keep goals in mind and strive to achieve them. We hope the 3 resolutions we provided are helpful to you and you see the benefits once you implement them into your work-life! These are just a starting point as well! Make resolutions that are specific to your goals and stick with them – it will pay off!
Readers, what are some of your resolutions for 2015? Share them below in the comments section!