Working from home is more comfortable than going to office. As long as you remain proactive and not let the nature of your job make you lazy, it’s fine.
There are a lot of opportunities online available for people who have certain sets of skills. There are writers who can work for various publishing companies. Those with advanced computer skills may work as computer programmers or web designers. People who speak languages well can provide translation services.
This means that if you are getting any of these jobs, you no longer have to leave the comfort of your own home! As long as you have access to the Internet, you can get the job done. Communicating with your employer can be done online. All instructions will be given to you on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the demands of the job.
The great thing about working online is that you have a more flexible schedule. You can decide when to start working and when to end. As long as you can meet the deadline, that’s good enough. Some of these jobs are high paying. This gives you more motivation to leave your day job and just work on your online job full time.
Although this is a comfortable setup, it can also affect your lifestyle. Since you are just at home, you tend get a little lazier. The challenge is how to remain proactive. Here’s how you can maintain an active lifestyle despite the nature of your job.
- Wake up early like regular office workers
Since you don’t have a required time to enter the office or a boss to scold you when you are late, your tendency is to wake up any time you want. Besides, you have total control over the tasks to be finished. To be more proactive, wake up early as if you are heading to the office. Go for a walk for a few minutes before heading back home. Take a shower and put on office clothes even if you are not going anywhere. There are also some benefits in practicing this especially with your work. You are able to finish more tasks and potentially earn more. If your job involves speaking on camera, such interviewing, or providing interpreting services, you’ll need to look professional, despite working from your living room!
- Don’t work in your bedroom
The problem when working in your bedroom is you are in your comfort zone. You will be less motivated to work. It is a very comfortable place and you want to just close your eyes and sleep. Another problem is that you no longer have the motivation to leave and do other things. Since you can work and rest at the same time, you are already satisfied. You might even bring food to your room so everything you need to survive is in one place. Hence, using a different room for working is essential.
- Create a daily schedule
When working for a regular day job, there are activities lined up for you to finish. Since you are just at home, anything goes. You will reach a point when you can’t do anything productive but you still won’t care. It is important to create a daily schedule of all the activities that you need to finish. Make sure you stick to that schedule no matter what happens. Some of the daily activities should be done outside your home to give you a reason to leave. You will be more productive if there are a lot of activities on your schedule.
- Hit the gym
Be a member of a local fitness club so you have a reason to leave your house. Working at home may also be unhealthy in a sense that you have no other physical activities. Therefore, hitting the gym on a regular basis will allow you to maintain your weight and be energized. It also gives you more motivation to remain productive. Even if you only spend a few minutes or an hour each day, it would be enough. It is better than not doing any exercise at all.
- Keep doing outdoor activities
If regular office workers take some time off to go on a vacation, do the same thing. Since you control your activities, it is even easier for you. Finish all your tasks in advance so you can clear a few days off and spend them on a vacation. Just like other employees, you may also feel burnt out with your work. Give yourself time to relax and recharge. By then, you become more motivated and productive by the time you get back to work.
- Speak with other people
Facing a computer all the time can make you feel extremely bored and alone. Spend some time doing other things and speaking with people face to face. It helps break the cycle. Although there are a lot of fun activities that you can do using your computer like playing video games or watching movies, it still feels different if you are speaking with an actual human being. There are lessons in life that you can learn only by interacting with people and deeply understanding their experiences. You will feel inspired and be more motivated to face the challenges in life, especially those that are related to your work.
- Take some part time projects
Since you can easily manage your schedule related to your online job, you might have enough time to do other jobs. If so, try getting a part time project that you can work on when you are done with your regular online job. This does not only give you additional income, it also helps stimulate your brain. Try something that somehow differs with what you normally do, to give you variety and keep you engaged.
Working from home has advantages and disadvantages. Being lazy and less productive could be among the biggest down sides. By keeping a proactive schedule and doing your best to avoid getting too close to comfort, maintaining a lifestyle similar to that of regular office employees is possible. Just be conscious of your daily activities and find a way to stay productive.
The article was written by Dine Racoma from DayTranslations team.