We are fully aware that working from home is very different from working in a traditional work set up, i.e., the office environment. Since you are expected to take full responsibility for task accomplishment given to you, time management is therefore essential. Below is a list of suggested things you may find useful as a contractor:
Get Up & Get Dressed on a Schedule – If you develop a mindset that you have come to work on time and perform tasks everyday, you feel more professional.
Keep a Routine – There is a work schedule that you must follow. In this case, you are expected to work from 6AM to 3PM or 7AM to 4PM, with a 30-minute lunch break at 11am your time zone being the only official lunch break. Manage your time well so you don’t end up doing non work related things and cramming to finish your task toward the end of the day.
Some may consider inviting a friend or family member over at home when you are on working time to chat as not much of a big deal. Now, picture yourself working in an office and you invite a friend to chat with you during working hours. Your employer would not let you do that because it will distract your focus away from work. This same principle applies when you are working as a contractor at home. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you are available to do personal things or can have friends over during working hours.
Setup a Particular Workspace – Whether it’s in another room, or just a corner, make sure you have a place to call “your private office”. Call it your private office and refer to it as your office. Inform everyone in the household that it is YOUR OFFICE and is therefore off limits for them during office hours.
Inform your friends and family that though you’re working from home, it is a regular, fulltime job and not just a hobby. Some people think that working from home is not a serious business. It is, only you’re located in the home. It is very important that people living with you take your job seriously the way you take it seriously. You need to educate the people living with you that working hours must be spent on work and not for personal stuffs.
When you work from home, you are cocooned in your space at home and spend hours just in front of the computer. To rejuvenate your self, call some friends and catch up after working hours every weekday. You could also just go out and walk, this will take care of the muscles that have stayed still the whole day!
Keep a Daily Schedule – Make sure every hour of your working day is marked down in a calendar and keep it where you can see it often. It will keep you focused on what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t.
Make a habit of creating a TO DO LIST at the beginning of each day, and checking what you have and have not done at the end of the day