Working from home as a freelancer can have its ups and downs. A lot of people find that it is hard to keep working steadily when there are so many things that can be a distraction whether that is Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or anything else you spend time on doing when you should be working. There are also other things that can be done to increase efficiency such as adjust your work environment.
In this article I will be showing you ways to increase work flow when working from home that will make you more efficient with your job.
Cutting off the outside world
The first step to making yourself more efficient is to cutting yourself off from the outside world. By not taking personal calls, and emails you will change the way you think about what you are doing and thus making you more efficient in the process.
Telling your family to not interrupt you while working is also something that is very necessary and will help a large amount. This will change how you think about work and will reduce the likeliness of being distracted.
The final step of cutting yourself off involves not using “Youtube”, ”Twitter” or “Facebook” when working. These will just pull your brain away from the tasks that it should be working on and are generally a sheer distraction.
Working in a clean environment
Working in a clean environment can change everything. If your desk is clutter free it will allow you to focus on your work with less worries. Even though you may not notice this, your mind may become a little more depressed when working in a cluttered area.
Comfort in this environment is also very important whether that means changing the temperature or splurging for the chair with the added lumbar support this is a very important thing to have when working from home.
Lighting, in my opinion, is the most important thing in your place of work. It will change your mood and perception you have while looking out on the world. Natural lighting is the best thing you can have. It will make you more optimistic and comfortable when working inside.
Setting up your computer properly
According to the division of health and safety there are some procedures to follow that will allow you to properly sit at a computer. Some of these are to allow proper blood flow and others are for your eyes. I will only be going over some of the more important things. The first and foremost thing required is a chair that will support your lower back. Next to that you are going to want to be at eye level with the very top of your monitor or looking down on it.
When working to be more efficient it is good practice to have your monitor, mouse and keyboard directly in front of you and not at an angle.
Making your work area away from your living area.
When working from home sometimes it can be hard to find the proper motivation to get things done. Making a small home office are even wearing shoes in the house when working will help you become that much more focused with your job and allow you to get more work done in a days time.
There are some tricks that will make your mind think that you are at work. These little tricks consist of dressing as though you are ready to go and do business, wearing shoes and setting a fixed work schedule that involves being in the home office at a certain time and leaving at a certain time.