How to Overcome the Challenges of Working from Home

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Working from home certainly has its perks but don’t mistake it as a walk in the park (Rest assured though that it can be a meaningful and enjoyable walk in the park if you really love what you’re doing).  There will be times when you feel that it has become very tedious on your part, you feel a little burnt out, things seems at a standstill or you simply feel like you’re not up to doing anything.

There are ways on how to overcome these challenges, that’s one of the advantages of working from home, you can simply address the issue whichever or however way you want to.  Don’t get too carried away though, you may have the freedom to do as you please, but there are ways on how to deal with these challenges in a more productive way.

Re-assess your work load.

The beauty of working from home is that you have the flexibility to readjust your schedule every now and then.  If specific tasks are becoming tedious for you at the moment, try to re-assess which tasks can you hold off for a while, say delay it for a day or two.

For instance, it’s ideal that you create fresh blog posts every so often, but in reality there will be days when you are simply not up to sharing anything really.  So the best thing to do is to postpone it until an inspiration kicks in rather than spend a considerable amount of time staring blankly on your computer.

You can also outsource some of the work to relieve you of the heavy load – which oftentimes is the main reason for people working from home to wear out easily.  You can outweigh the pros and cons of delegating specific tasks to other people compare to forcing yourself to do too much work load.

You can even be more productive this way.  Let’s say, you can accept a lot more project or deal with other business venture if you can free some of your time by outsourcing.  You can invest all your creativity and energy figuring out something new rather than drowning yourself with tons of paper or data entry works.

Have a break, have a KitKat…or Twinkies…or S’mores…or what have you

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Accept the fact that there will be days when you can work straight for more than 8 hours a day with gusto and then there will be days as well when an hour on the computer is such a drag.

Again, the beauty of working from home is that you can simply accept that fact and enjoy your down time instead.

This can be a good time to actually have a break:

  • Eat out or invade your kitchen to cook – even if you don’t know how to cook.
  • Take a walk – take a long walk.
  • Watch a movie – perhaps a movie marathon.
  • Use your bath tub – have a bubble bath with essential oils, candles and the works!
  • Listen to your favorite songs – better yet dance to your favorite songs.

Simply put – take a breather.  Working for long hours on the computer everyday can take its toll on you, both physically and mentally.  Sitting still for long hours staring on your computer screen can eventually wear you out.  The key here is to rest your brain and start moving your body, so, have a break!

Remind yourself why you’re working from home.

You ultimately decide to work at home, that means you really want this – probably even more than other people who are also choosing to work from home.

It all comes to managing your time effectively and being responsible.  Don’t abuse the freedom to ‘do as you wish’ to procrastinate on things you should be doing, that way you avoid overworking yourself.

Respect your working schedule.

It’s amazing enough that you can fix your own schedule, when to work, when to not work – having said that, stick to it to make sure you don’t cram in the end or worst miss deadlines.  Remember that just like any ‘real’ job, it also takes dedication to ensure success in working from home.

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The Challenges of Working At Home

In as much as I’m enjoying working at homehaving the freedom to manage my time anyway I want to – it is undeniably challenging as well.

Just like any work – be it a regular 8-5 job or managing a brick and mortar business – working at home also needs discipline and dedication as well.

Don’t be fooled with the idea that working at home means you can sleep all day or lull around in your PJs while you fatten up your bank account.  Seriously, let’s be real here.

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Why Work at Home?

With the current state of our economy today plus the fact that job security is pretty much non-existent – having  something that you can either fall back into or provide you with supplemental income proved to be not so much of an option anymore.

Working at home is no longer viewed as risky as it used to be.  In fact, with the right tools, proper guidance and positive mindset you can actually ensure your family’s future by working from home.

The Perks of Working at Home

You basically manage your own timeYes, you can wake up late and work late at night or work early so you can free your evening.  You can go on Holiday vacation with family, you don’t have to miss your kids’ school activities, you get to choose your own ‘break time’ – you pretty much control your schedule.

You are your own boss.  Yes, you’ll be working with other people as well in the course of your home business or working from home, but you get a say on how to go about things.  You don’t have to blindly obey just because you’re told to.

In the same premise, you get all the credits.  You rightfully get the credits for working hard on something that you genuinely believe in.

The Challenges

Not everyone is a believer of this concept – working at home or working from home.  They still view it as good as being unemployed.

For me, these basically are the people who are too afraid to let go of what they have grown accustomed to.  They believe that a ‘real’ job is one where you clock in and clock out every day for 6 days, one where there is a boss, one where you have ‘office mates’ or ‘work mates’  and basically one where you need to go out of the house to ‘go’ to.

Hmmm, isn’t being tied to 9+ hour job per day proved to be stressful?  How about the ‘boss’ who constantly hover or expects too much? And the office politics, the bullying and all?  Don’t forget the time you have to spend traveling to work.

People think that when you’re working at home, you can be bothered anytime of the day since after all you’re just sitting at home, right? Well, not quite.

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Working at home does mean you manage your own time, so the key is managing.  There is still some sort of order you have to deal with.  Yes, at times you can simply just go on a walk if you want to or decide to go AWOL to unwind.  But you get to decide when to do just that.

Say you’re writing an article, it’s not working, you can’t get a hold on a single thought…by all means take a leisurely walk instead, perhaps hang out with some friends for an hour or so. Or let’s say you feel all burnt out, you can then ultimately decide when is the right time to take a leave of absence and take a breather first.

So you see, there has to be some time management in place to make working at home work for you.

Working at home can be very challenging, just like any other ‘real’ job out there.  But I can honestly say that I’m leaving a fuller life – enjoying freedom, security of work and a much meaningful life.

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