You searched for the perfect position that would allow you to work from home so that you could have more control over your life. Meaning you could balance family and your profession. So why does it seem more hectic than when you worked outside of the house? Well it is quite simple, we think about everything that we can get done, how we can multi task and how great being home will be. We often don’t think about the actual job. All of those things that you did think about is great, but the main reason you are at home is to work. The only thing that changed for you is that you don’t have to drive to an office; you can work in your pajamas if you choose to. You still have a set schedule or deadlines to meet.
So how do you get into the right mindset so you don’t get overwhelmed? Schedule is key, you must keep yourself on a schedule. When you had to be at the office at a particular time, you did not wait until 15 minutes before you had to leave to get dressed. You should get ready for work just as you did when you had to leave the house. Get up, get showered and dressed, eat breakfast leaving yourself time to get prepared for the work day. When you have to rush around or have to start work without getting dressed because you woke up late it tends to make you more frazzled. You don’t feel like you can get it together. The day moves slowly or you have that rushed feeling throughout the day. You feel like you are playing catch up all day. How you start the day is laying the ground work for how the remainder of the day will progress. Starting the day off rushed makes you tense and unorganized. Small problems, that may arise, seem far worst because of your mindset. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare for the day.
All of the things that made you want to work from home can happen with proper planning of your day. You can multi task by doing laundry while you are working, for example, so you can fully enjoy your day off. You can even make dinner during your lunch break so you are not rushing around once you have finished working. Working at home can be an enjoyable experience; you can have your cake and eat it too with a little planning.