Working from home is a dream come true for most freelancers, but it can be difficult to motivate yourself when you're surrounded by distractions. Let's take a look at a few remote working tips so that you can make the most out of your working day.
Figure out a schedule that works for you
The beauty of remote freelancing is that you get to decide when - and where - you put your head down and start work. You don't need to log on at a particular time every morning, so if you prefer to start your working day bright and early at 7 am or after dinner in the evening, you have the freedom to do just that. You can set your schedule up so that you start work at your most productive times of the day, but it's important to establish some level of consistency during your workday so that you can separate work time from leisure time.
Create a dedicated workspace
Just because you're working from home doesn't mean that you should be working from your bed. Find a quiet space in your home where you can set up a desk and use it as your dedicated workspace. Switching locations will help you to compartmentalise working time from leisure time, which will help you to mentally prepare for the day.
If there are noisy roadworks or a dog barking outside your window, it can become near-impossible to concentrate on work. If you need to focus for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to invest in some noise-cancelling headphones. If your kids are running around the house and keep disturbing you while you're trying to concentrate, see if you and your partner can take turns with care. This might mean that you'll have to occasionally work in the evening, but it's better to set time aside where you can focus properly and get some quality work done.
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