Physical Location – Set an office space in one of the corners of the house. Ensure that it’s not facing the door/gate. This way you will be able to minimize on unnecessary distractions.
Facilitation – Make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach: drinking water, remote control, phones, notebook, pen, laptop, etc.
Organization – Prepare a daily schedule and purpose to stick to it, no matter what. Prepare two kinds; one that is a bit flexible and another, strict.
Communication – Alert all your household members regarding your office hours and make them respect that. Ignore them if they try to breach this rule (These include toddlers – ensure there is someone watching them as you work).
Presentation – Dress up! Look good. Take a shower before getting into the office. Put on make up if that’s your thing.
Reorganization – If you have to attend to anything urgent during your office hours, be sure to make up for the time lost before the next day (if possible) thus avoiding procrastination.
Relaxation – DO NOT exceed your working hours! Overworking is the beginning of your downfall. Take a break whenever you feel you need one (Without allowing indiscipline to creep in). This includes napping as often as possible.
Time Allocation – Like prep and elementary school, break your day into sessons. Here’s an example:
- 0800hrs – 0900hrs Quiet Time. You may play soft music at the background even as you work.
- 0900hrs – 1000hrs Recap of the previous day’s tasks.
- 1000hrs – 1115hrs A start on the current day’s tasks.
- 1115hrs – 1130hrs Tea/Water break. Roam around the house/compound, checking whether there’s lunch for the home dwellers, making informal calls, etc.
- 1130hrs – 1400hrs Serious work, formal calls, online research, etc.
- 1400hrs – 1430hrs Lunch Break (Remember to keep it healthy).
- 1430hrs – 1700hrs Work, work, work, with lots of 10 minute strolls/naps, ensuring the day’s tasks are completed satisfactorily.
If you’re yet to work on your discipline, set alarms on your phone as well as setting your machine to sleep for the times you’re supposed to be offline. Ensure you take a jog/walk/gym session after the sun goes down. Have a cool down thereafter with family, visit a neighbour, dash to the store, etc. If you’re a night person, get back to your machine after dinner (without an agenda) and let your imagination guide you. If you’re a morning person, get to bed by 2100hrs and wake up earlier than your office hours so as to have time for your day dreaming session.
The most important attribute to have for you to be a successful home worker is discipline! In short, the moment your schedule begins, your house automatically becomes the office you’d have gone to if you weren’t working from home.
Be your own supervisor; Be a stress free supervisee!