How To Work From Home

How To Work From Home
How To Work From Home

In today’s video I share my top 5 tips on how to work from home.  I have been able to work from home for the past 3 years and have picked up a thing or two along the way!

Tools Mentioned:

Pomodoro Technique PDF

Deep Work Book

Tomato Kitchen Timer

Transcript:

So, you want to work from home? Really?

In today’s video I’m going to share my top five tips for working from home.

Hey welcome back for another episode of The Bootstrap Boutique where beginners build businesses. Now here at The Bootstrap Boutique we typically talk about building a side hustle but something about me is that I work from home, I have for over three years now and I know that is becoming a lot more popular out in the workplace.

So if you’re getting ready to start working from home, or if you have for a while and you’re just struggling with doing it, I wanted to share my top five tips with you on how to productively, effectively work from home.

How To Work From Home

Tip number 1 is that your office needs to be physically separate from what you think about as “home.”

This isn’t always physically possible if you live in a small space but if there is an extra bedroom or an unused room that you can just say, “hey, this is mine, this is my workspace” and really keep that separate from where you eat or where you sleep or where you watch TV that will go a long way to helping you get in that mindset at the beginning of the day that says “Hey, I’m going to work.”

Just behind you I have a door that I keep shut pretty much the whole day even though I’m the only one here, just me and my dogs. But it still helps me to stay in my office and stay working and not just wander out to the kitchen for a snack.

Tip number 2. Keep your house work out of your work day.

This may mean that you need to clean up those trouble spots that you know are going to bother you before you come into the office and sit down and start to work.

For me, its the kitchen. I have to clean the kitchen every morning before I come in here, otherwise, because its so close in proximity, I think about it and I will find myself out there unloading the dishwasher at 10:30 in the morning, which is not what your company is paying you to do.

Tip number 3. Use the Pomodoro Technique to help you to remember to actually get up from your desk.

In the description below there is a link to where you can go download the Pomodoro Technique that I use everyday to keep me on track.

I actually bought this cute little tomato kitchen timer because Pomodoro is Italian I believe for tomato and tomatoes and pomodoro technique they are just, if you google it online you’ll see that they are often related.  However I can’t use it to work because ….that makes me anxious.

Tip number 4. Practice deep work as much as possible.

Do deep work is a concept that was written about by Cal Newport and it really talks about removing distractions and just focusing on doing really deep work, it takes practice, you’re not going to be good at it to start, and it is still something that I struggle to do every single day.

But I have found one of the real joys of working from home is that you are able to remove most of the distractions that people sitting in the office have to deal with every day.

Yes I get phone calls, yes I get emails, but I don’t hear people outside my office door talking about a football game or a tv show from last night. I don’t have people randomly stopping in to chat about what their kids are doing on the weekend or any of that stuff. I don’t have to worry about what I’m signing up for to take to the office potluck, I can just focus on doing my job.

One of the keys to success in a career long term is seeing through big projects and you can take that advantage that you have of not having distractions and use that time to really work on something that’s going to have a big impact for your company but have a great impact on your career.

Step number 5. Do something at the end of every day to signify that your work day is over.

For me right now, I have a hard cut off time because I have to go get in the daycare pickup line. But prior to that, before my son was born, that is something I really struggled with was ending the work day at a reasonable time.

So maybe for you it is daycare pick up or school pick up, maybe its taking time to walk the dog or go out to your mailbox.  Just set a set time everyday to get up from your desk, turn your computer off, shut the door and walk away.

Wrap Up

Alright guys, those are my top 5 tips for working from home, from somebody that’s 3 years plus in the trenches.

Be sure to download the Pomodoro technique pdf in the description box below.

Leave me a comment down below and let me know what your top tips are for working from home. Hopefully its because you work from home, but sometimes you know, if your in the office, you’ve got to bring work home with you and you still have all those other home things that I was just talking about to deal with, so let me know, what is your top tip for getting good work done while you’re in your house. I will talk to you next time guys, take care!

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