From the outside, people think what I do is easy. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job, but it is a lot harder than most people think. Yes, I work from home and I am my own boss. I don’t have to play by anyone else’s rules, but my own. People love that idea! However, it is not for everyone.

Working from home might mean that I don’t have to be anywhere by 9 am, but I do consider my apartment my office. If I decide to snooze until noon, I am only hurting myself. If I don’t work, no one does. When I snooze, I literally lose because I am losing out on an opportunity to make money. Everyday I set my alarm for 8 am so that by 9 am when work begins, I am fully dressed, my hair and makeup are done, I have my cup of coffee, and I am by my computer ready to start.

Working from home also brings in a million distractions. Your bed is conveniently right there for naps, the television remote is by your side, and you can go on any shopping website you want to. Working all day nonstop can also be something easy to do, so I still give myself a proper schedule to follow which includes a lunch break. It’s all about creating balance and boundaries. Creating boundaries helps me stay focused and on task.

I usually go for a walk and pick up lunch for my personal break to change up the scenery. It helps break up the day so when I come back, I am ready to work. Additionally, I do my work at my kitchen table. Sitting up in a chair assures that I don’t start to get slouchy and too tempted to take a nap.

Everyone works differently and each to their own. However, I think the most important thing when working from home to remember is that your fate is in your own hands. Make the most of your situation because what you put into it, you will get out of it. It can be extremely hard to be your own motivator and it isn’t for everyone. That being said it can also be very rewarding.

5 Tips To Work From Home:

  1. Create a schedule as if you don’t work from home. Set your alarm to be up and ready for work every day at the same time.
  2. Give yourself a schedule to follow on a daily and weekly basis.
  3. Sit at a table while working to keep yourself focused.
  4. Stay away from distractions like the television or bed.
  5. Create balance. Take a lunch break and go outside to creak up the day.

Written By: Rachel Hope of The Concrete Blonde