(PowerInEmail.com) – You’ve just landed the ideal remote job. It has some hefty demands, but it pays well. Working in your pjs, hanging out with furry animal co-workers… sounds about perfect, right? There may be a little anxiety or fear that comes along with it, but now is not the time to fret. It’s time to embrace a more flexible work-from-home schedule. Here’s why.
The Joy of Setting Your Own Hours
Landing the perfect remote job is a dream come true for most people. It allows you to set your own work hours. This should be the main priority. Sit down now and create a workable schedule. Be sure to stick to it.
If you have meetings with your co-workers or boss, pencil in those times and be ready for your remote meetings. Use the previous evening to look over your deadlines and tasks for the next day. This practice allows you to get right into your work once you get started.
Make Yourself a Priority
If the thought of being at home with the kids and hubby all day scares you, that’s okay. Embrace it. Family demands and background noise can make it difficult to meet work deadlines, and both can take a toll on your mental health. That’s no reason to give up.
When working from home, take some time out to recharge. It might come in the form of eating a good meal, watching a short movie with the kids or going for a walk outside. Do what you need to do to prevent burnout while making time for family too. Emotional nourishment has to be a priority, or working from home just won’t work.
Keep Distractions Away
The dinging email notifications, knocks at the door, the busybody neighbor. They are all ready to distract and guilt trip you to the maximum.
While you’re in your work zone, try to keep distractions minimized. Mute the phone, find a quiet place to work where you won’t be interrupted. And learn to master the art of saying no.
Learn to Multitask
Part of working from home means you’re in charge; you’re the boss. The task list you have keeps growing, but learning how to juggle a few items at once can help save time and energy. These tips can make your time work for you:
- Segment tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Try using a timer to work more productively.
- Combine smaller jobs and get tasks done faster.
- Find a work buddy who will encourage and help motivate you.
It’s okay to take a video call while making lunch for the kids or put some laundry in between each micro-task. Multitasking can shorten up the workday, so you can close the door to your office and get out and enjoy life.
Working from home isn’t for everyone, but it can be the right move for you. The best part? You’re in control of your time, and you decide when you’re done for the day. Embrace a flexible schedule and learn different ways to make it fruitful and productive. You’ve got this!
~Here’s to Your Success!
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