10 WORK FROM HOME TIPS FOR FREELANCERS

DEFEATING DISTRACTIONS AS A FREELANCER

Making your living as a virtual gypsy is awesome. 

Especially when you work from home.

There is comfort, freedom, naps, and home-cooked meals.

However, there is also a slightly darker side to it – procrastination, getting too comfortable, distractions, and more. Working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds, because it sometimes leads to the FOMO and an uneven work-life balance.

So, here are some tips to help you make the best of working from home.

Have a dedicated workspace

Ok, I know working from your bed sounds really tempting and seems so comfortable, but don’t. Such “informal” workspaces can seriously affect your productivity. 

Not to mention falling asleep, without meaning to. 

So, always have a designated work area that is comfortable, calm, with all the supplies you might need. 

Make a To-do list/ Plan your day

There is an umpteen number of techniques and strategies available out there to create your to-do list. Choose the one that works best for you. 

Some of your options are GTD, Pomodoro technique, Eisenhower matrix, and Ivy Lee method. 

Having your entire day planned ahead can keep you grounded, organized, and away from procrastination.

Swallow the frog

This might be one of the most practical ways to get the ball rolling. It is easy, straightforward, and is a great way to start.

All you need to do is complete your most dreaded task, first thing in the morning.

You can refer to Eat That Frog to learn how to eat that frog.

Schedule lunch and breaks

You know how it is: start working, get into the flow and by the time you return back to the world of the living, hours have passed. 

You have missed lunch, and now your stomach suddenly speaks whale.

To avoid this, remind yourself to take periodic breaks, or you can just use the Pomodoro technique. 

Set a routine

Setting a routine saves your life. No, seriously. It helps you achieve that work-life balance which is a little hard to come by for freelancers.

A routine is also instrumental in creating a habit. A consistent routine leads to the creation of a habit, which makes your working routine thousand times easier.

Join a Freelancer community

No office gossip, no coffee run with a co-worker, and no water cooler conversations. Yes, freelancing can get lonely.

This is why you need to keep in touch with other freelancers through freelancing communities.

Moreover, this helps you socialize, network, and find more opportunities.

Avoid distractions

Admit it, working from home often tends to increase distractions than reduce it.

With no one to watch over you, you can easily get distracted with a missed episode of your favorite TV show, or by scrolling through social media.

So, stay off social media and other distractions. Don’t mix business with pleasure just like when you work in an actual office.

Don’t overwork yourself

Getting carried away working and working too long is a real thing when it comes to freelancing. Constantly pushing yourself to do more can result in burnout.

Therefore, getting adequate sleep and having solid work hours is essential.

This will help avoid burnouts and overworking yourself.

Go out

Don’t tie yourself to your work. Go out, do fun things, and live a little. A change of scenery is always good.

Use online productivity tools

Make use of the vast number of productivity tools and apps available in the market. Trust me, this will make your work routine easy and effortless.

I personally suggest you use Akiflow because I built it to cater to your needs. I created Akiflow with you in mind. To make you faster, more efficient, and more productive.

Give Akiflow a try. See if it works for you. If not, tell me and we will make it work for you. Together.