5 easy steps to overcome challenges of working from home

 Some people think that working from home is that easy. Not really, there are definitely some challenges associated with working from home. Most of us have been there, and I tell you, you will have to do some adjustment if you want to be successful.

As you rightly know, working from home has become one of the most popular means of earning. Everybody wants to start up a self-earning business at home. However, as an entrepreneur myself, I can tell you that working from home isn’t all that easy. For one, It’s incredibly difficult to set apart your work hours and really get your work done on time.

You are your own boss, which means chances are, you will delay tasks and might end up in a fix.  This is especially true for work at home parents and students who can’t figure out a regular schedule to work effectively. So in this blog, I am going to tell you how to overcome these challenges and be successful.

5 simple Steps  to Stay Focused When Working From Home

1). Set a designated workplace

It may seem unnecessary at first, but take it from me, a workspace helps. This is because working from your room or your couch tends to distract you. You involve yourself in other activities, attend to the kids or end up surfing online. A workspace helps you stay focused for whatever time of day you need to work steadily to meet your targets. Make an effort and you will be surprised to see the boost in your productivity!

2). Avoid distractions

Distractions are the major trouble for work at home entrepreneurs. This can be as small as attending to a baby to getting something done in the house, cooking, watching TV or doing a chorus, or even sometimes taking a nap. All these are distractions, and you need to eliminate them in order to work productively.

Recommendation

  • Try to keep your personal phone away if possible, only keep your business phone around you. When you have a little break, you can now check your personal phone. Be strict about it.
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  • Limit access to the area if you have kids. You don’t need to shut them out, but a small barrier where you can hear them, but not be distracted is enough for a head start.
  • Take a break when you need it.

4). Have your office tools in one area

Remember, you can’t be running around the house for the things you need. If you need a planner guide handy, always have it with you. Also, make a note to keep all your necessities at your workspace. This will minimize the time spent searching for things and the distractions. It also helps you grasp the idea immediately. Make a habit of inputting the small things into your calendar. This will help you remember all the things and then plan them accordingly. All these little things will help adjust and schedule your day to make the most of it.

5). Luxurious or lonely?

Working from home, although luxurious, can get quite lonely. You need to understand that all play and no work is just as bad as all work and no play. This is why it is best to have regular day outs and social get-together. Otherwise, online work from home can get quite lonely. One of the best ways to avoid this feeling is to schedule some quality time with friends and families every now and then. I found out that a family gathering helps to take off the nerves and a trip shopping works as a rejuvenating boost!

I must add, some of the home-based businesses are more fun than the others.  Here is my #1 recommendation.

Above all, never forget the fun part of working from home!

Now you know how to cope with the challenges.  Let’s go and put it into practice.

Oh, wait! before you go, please leave me your honest comment, feedback or question and I will respond.

Cheers!

12 thoughts on “5 easy steps to overcome challenges of working from home

  1. Hi Dorothy,
    Thanks for these great tips on working from home. It is so easy to get distracted. I love working from home as you can plan your time which is not always possible in a working environment. Sometimes it is tricky to set up a workstation but with a bit of jiggling and moving things around it is possible to set one up and it doesn’t have to take up too much room. Wishing you all the best in this new venture.

  2. Hi, and thanks for the interesting article.

    I, myself work at home at the moment. Due to having my family and child here, I don’t feel lonely.
    I don’t work in a separate room so social encounters happen many times during the day.

    I need to concentrate as well and my family has learned to not disturb me more than necessary.

    Luckily here children still play outside and only come if they need help or want to share some experience.

    Of course, I have my small office desk and there all my tools and papers find a place. Others are not allowed to touch anything here 🙂

  3. These are quality and informative tips to succeed in an online business. Many people do not realize the sacrifices and work being building an online business. Great article and I highly recommend that others should see this 🙂

  4. Dorthy,
    Having a clean dedicated work space is most important, I get to work from the couch because I have all my stuff within arm reach. I do have a dedicated office in the basement, just no windows to give real light.
    I am lucky as I have 5 hours a day that everyone is gone to work or school, except in the summer months. I like to play some music, as it is soothing and has no video to be distracting.
    I try to have most of my work done before everyone gets home, this gives me all afternoon to do things with the family.
    I am retired, the biggest challenge I face daily is someone calling for my help during my work hours, I try to make up the time after everyone goes to bed.
    My best tool for getting work done is a timer, I only do the task at hand until the timer goes off. What is your best tool for being productive.
    John

    1. Hi John,

      You are absolutely correct, what works for me may not work for you. Some people definitely work with music which is fine, but I for one cannot.
      I also like the fact, that you know how to make up lost hours which is very important.
      I work with my To-Do-List. This helps to keep me organize and get work done.

      All the best John.

      Thanks

  5. Great post as I consider working from home again. I did it years ago, and you are absolutely right that it takes a lot of discipline and control to be able to do it effectively. My son was young and there were a lot of distractions, but I managed to keep it going.
    I would love to be able to do it again now, when I have reconsidered my desire to work full time and change some priorities in my life. You’ve listed some great suggestions, and I have bookmarked your site for when things develop. Thanks!

  6. Hi Dorothy, Yes, Jill again but not as my daughters VA but as another Wealthy Affiliate member. I loved your 5 easy steps. I have set up my work station in my lounge, on a beautiful round table, just big enough to hold my laptop, note books and odds and ends. I can look out of the window when needing a bit of inspiration from the outdoors and the birds. I love my work station but do get a bit housebound so will trot along to the nursery, which has free wifi and sit and work there. Great cake etc. Not much traffic to worry about either.

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