I’ve worked at home for eighteen years, but I’m not even thirty yet. Let me explain…
At 12, I was making thousands per year selling handmade masks on eBay.
At 13, I was training dogs as a side business.
At 14, I earned a Personal Trainer/Nutritional Specialist certification.
At 15, I finished my online high school courses.
At 16, I graduated online high school and enrolled in online college for interior design.
At 16, I also started working as a writer for local health and fitness businesses.
At 18, I dropped out of college and started working full-time as a writer.
At 22, I added project management, editing, SEO, and social media to my job description.
Aaand now, at 28, I’m writing this post.
Working at Home is Hard
Even after being my own boss for my entire life, and completing high school online, working at home is hard.
It’s hard to motivate yourself. It’s hard to wear all the hats at once as an entrepreneur. It’s hard to find new clients. It’s hard to choose the path less taken.
How to Make Working at Home Easier
I’m not a millionaire, and I still work all week, but I’ve found some secrets that make working at home easier. If you’re working through stress and life’s many demands, same as I am, maybe my tips will help you too.
Fight the Urge to Rework Your Schedule Every Month
When I first started working athome, I redid my schedule all the time because things weren’t going the way I wanted them to. This year has been hard, I fell back into the habit a bit, and I paid the price.
Instead, make one good schedule that’s flexible enough to accommodate your scope of work. Stick with it for at least 100 days. The 100-day rule is from Mark Manson, and it changed my life.
After 100 days, THEN you can draft up a new schedule. That’ll help build habits and force you to adopt more mental discipline.
Pay Attention to Your Diet, Hydration, Sleep, and Exercise
I aim for between eight and nine hours of sleep, two liters of water (approx. 70 oz.), a 50% raw vegan diet, and daily exercise.
Find similar goals that work for you and prioritize them. When you quit living on junk food and being sleep deprived, everything changes. Trust me.
Find an Organization System You Love
I read Getting Things Done (GTD if you’re a cool kid) and started using Nirvana thanks to the suggestions from r/productivity. It helped me rework my organization system and find a way to stay on top of life.
Whether you end up with a comprehensive day planner like the Law of Attraction one I use, head to Nirvana, or invent something new, find a way to keep track of things that makes you happy. You’ll be much more likely to use your trackers if you like them.
Apply the first tip, though, and don’t give in to trying a new system every time you see a dip in productivity. Stick with one system and make it work, even if you start to dislike it, for at least 100 days. Then find something better!
Use a Dedicated Workspace
This verges on advice everyone’s heard before, but if you can make a dedicated workspace, do it. I work from a kitchen table, but I don’t ever sit here to do anything but work. Until I have an office, that’s my workspace.
When you settle into your workspace, you help provide productivity triggers just like going into an office can.
I’ve heard it’s even better to have a computer you use only for work, but that’s not practical for me right now. I just keep my space clean and bright and respect my work when I sit down to do it.
That’s All for Now!
Yeah, I could go on with several more tips that have helped me, but they’ve been done before. These are my personal keys to success, in addition to the usual advice.
Share your own keys in the comments! Even if they’re “the usual,” I’d love to hear them! I mean it, I can always use new advice from new people. 😊