Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, working from home is becoming increasingly popular. Many things speak in favor of this style of work, but care is needed. If you’re not careful, you’ll quickly find yourself in a situation where you become less productive and therefore do not do what you need to do. Often it is not clear what the reason was that the day was over, but the work in hand is only half done.
That’s why you’ll find out what the top 5 reasons for an ineffective home office are!
Work at home in itself a good model
There is a reason that many employers do the work from home one day a week – or sometimes more. It brings many benefits, such as:
- A nice workplace (your house / apartment)
- Self-determined work (beware – that’s the danger)
- It saves you the way to work
- You have more time and you can divide the time yourself
But all these benefits will not help you if you can not do your job.
It looks similar when you are self-employed. You are your own boss and maybe you do not have your own office yet. So it’s clear that you work from home. But maybe this is exactly the reason why so many companies fail in the start-up phase.
So that does not happen to your company, you should consider the following aspects:
1. Too little motivation in the home office hurts the business
It’s nice if you do not have to drive to work, then have breakfast in peace and so on. The problem is that sometime the time has come when you have to work effectively and focused.
As a self-employed nobody monitors you and nobody except yourself controls your performance. This is dangerous, because especially when you start your business, everything seems very exciting. But as soon as it comes to the “daily business”, you come to a point where you have to go to a certain routine.
This routine is the main part of your job and it is essential that you set clear rules for yourself. These rules can look like this: “My working time starts at 9 o’clock in the morning and ends at 18 o’clock in the evening. At this time, I will not be distracted by things like “watching TV, video games, etc.”
You have to give your day – despite your freedom – a certain structure. Otherwise you will quickly become ineffective and you will not get on well because you will always find a reason why you need to take a break or maybe something else might be more important.
2. Your business is “not a hobby”
Of course, your business should be fun and you should just as much pursue it as a hobby, for example. But keep in mind: It is not a hobby, but your job in which you want to move forward and with which you earn your money.
A job needs a certain seriousness. This point has a lot to do with the previous one, because a business needs an investment of effort, time and care. It’s just not like a hobby, which you can cancel or suspend, if you do not feel like it. You have a responsibility and you should do it in your home office.
A business only works well if you take it – and the tasks involved – seriously and discipline you even on hard days to get ahead.
3. Distractions make sure you can not do what you want to do
To complement the first two points, distraction is absolutely harmful to your business. At home, where no one really oversees you, the likelihood of being distracted is higher.
If you are constantly distracted by things like news on your smartphone, TV, or other entertainment media, you’ll be tempted to take a break. Unfortunately, the break then often degenerates into hours of “nothing doing”, leaving you with too little time for the really important work.
4. Your workspace in the home office is not your “living room”
It may be that you work every now and then from the living room, but this advice is more metaphorical. You should create a pleasant working environment. That’s very clear! But you should also make sure that you eliminate possible sources of distraction. Such distractions can be:
- Man’s meanwhile “best friend”: your smartphone (Every now and then you need it to work, but if you do not need it, it’s best to put it out of sight or turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode.) You know yourself which is a flashing mobile phone for an attention and eye catcher).
- The TV or Other Media (Some people like to work on relaxing music, but try to use it as discreetly as possible and make sure you do not have to look at it all the time – like skipping commercial breaks, for example to bring concentration.
- The family and friends … That may sound a bit harsh, but in an office you are not always there for your family or friends. That’s why it’s best to create a somewhat separated area where not every few minutes someone passes you by. Whether you like it or not, such things always bring your focus.
5. Your time is precious – and so are the breaks
When you work in the home office, you always have your home in mind and what else needs to be done there. For example, you may notice that there is time to clean the windows, and so on.
As laudable as that may be. You should not use your lunch break to do such work. The breaks are there to relax – not to do private work that also puts a strain on you.
Give your body and mind free time during the break and recover so that you can go to work full of energy and motivation during the break (which, by the way, should also be limited in time)!