I was recently invited to make a guest post at the Wealthy Affiliate blog. A lot of the guest posters like to talk about different techniques on how to make money online, but I wanted to focus more on the personal aspect of working from home.
My post is titled “Five Things They Don’t Teach You About Working from Home.” Here’s a brief sample…
3. You need to take care of yourself.
For starters, take sick days. You’re human and you need time off to rest, just like everybody else. If you don’t feel well, grab a blanket, make your favorite soup, and nap on the couch all day. You may be capable of sitting up, but that does not mean you need to be working. Take time to rest your mind and body.
Speaking of staying healthy, you need to exercise. It’s easy to let yourself go when your only commute is from your bed to your computer chair. Take care of yourself and get a gym membership or at the very least spend some time walking outside. I like to try and workout in the mornings before starting my work. It keeps me in shape and allows me to stay focused and energized all day.
One of the hardest adjustments I had to make when starting to work full time at home was dealing with being alone for extended periods of time. You need to find ways to stay social. Working alone can get depressing and having a social outlet is a vital part of success.
Try and find someone local who is also working from home to meet with every now and then for lunch or to discuss ideas. At the very least, invest in a webcam and keep in touch with your friends and family through Skype. If all else fails, get an animal friend. They make the day less boring and yes, you will start to talk to your pets.
4. You do not have to work 24 hours a day.
You may have merged where you work with where you live, but you need to find a way to still keep these lives separate.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people who try to start careers from home. For some reason, most people think they can dedicate 12 to 14 hours per day, 7 days a week to working online since they now have nothing else to do. There’s no easier way to burn out than trying to work all waking hours. You simply can’t stay productive after these long hours.
You need to respect the weekends and take time off on holidays. It’s okay to let an email wait until the morning or a phone call to go to voicemail. It’s okay to have a personal life. You do not have to always be readily available.
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