Whether you’re a freelancer or a contractor, it can feel like going into the lion’s den from time to time. Apart from it feeling very stressful, the overriding problem freelancers and contractors have is that they have to predominantly work in their own home. Unless you’ve got a working space to keep you focused, you’ve got to make do with your own home environment. And this can throw up many issues, but what are the best ways to maintain a sense of focus on the job when trapped in this environment?
Organization Is Key
This is something that’s vital for all people that work off their own back, from structuring a working day, all the way through to doing their taxes, organization is always a priority. Nowadays, it’s much easier to have a sense of organization in place, because there are so many web tools out there to help, from DesignDocs that helps an interior design professional keep tabs on every aspect of their work, to QuickBooks, which helps anyone with a less than adequate grasp on accounting to keep track of their business finances. If you struggle with keeping organized, making the most of specific tools, of which there are many online, is a sure-fire way to keep you focused on the task at hand.
This is easier said than done when you’re working at home, but the tricks to reducing distractions can lie in the tools you use, there are online web tools that can inhibit your internet use, meaning you can focus on the job, as well as things like The Pomodoro Method, which is a great way to get you to do tasks but also have a break. It’s also important to look at where you are working. If you’ve got too many distractions, or you work in a room that’s just too colorful, these things can detract from your ability to work productively and well. It is very much the individual’s choice, but understanding what distracts you, and eliminating those distractions, needs to be undertaken.
Treat It Like An Office
Find somewhere in your home that is a place you can work as best as you can, and when you find that, stick to office hours. When you’re a freelancer or a contractor, it can take over your life. But, rather than fine tuning something late into the night, if you can stick rigidly to the hours of 9 until 5, this gives you a far better balance to rest and recuperate, coming back to the task the next day with a fresh pair of eyes. You can feel overwhelming pressure to make it perfect in every single way, meaning that you are expending a lot of mental energy. But if you treat it more like a job, you will have a more relaxed temperament, and you will do better work. Yes, we all want to do well on these tasks, but there has to be a cut-off point.
Keeping focused on the job is always very difficult when you’re at home, but it’s all about being organized, having the right tools at your disposal, but also not diving so far into it that it ends up impacting the rest of your life.