7 TEMPTATIONS REMOTE WORKERS NEED TO AVOID
Working from home is luxury that many employees, full-time and freelance, are taking advantage of. You get to earn a paycheck without leaving the comfort of your own home? It almost sounds too good to be true. Well, it can be if you fall victim to these temptations and don’t get things done.
#1. Sleeping a little bit later
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. This will just start your day off groggy. If you sleep in up until only a few minutes before you should “check in” to work, you’re already going to be starting off behind. Now you’ve got to make a little breakfast, get yourself acclimated to what your tasks are — and don’t forget coffee! You need to give yourself ample time to start the day, just like if you were actually going to an office.
#2. Wearing lounging clothes
Again, don’t let yourself be groggy just because you’re feeling too comfortable. Dress somewhat like you’re actually in an office, so you feel motivated to get things done. You don’t need to wear a suit by any means, but put on pants, people. Make yourself feel like a functioning member of society even though you’ve found the loophole to stay home away from it.
#3. Having a work station that is TOO comfortable (e.g. the couch)
The same is true for your work station. If you think you’re going to get anything done in bed or kicked back on the couch, you’re sorely mistaken. The only thing this will to lead to is …
#4. Various Internet wormholes
Social media aside, you need to not get sucked into the distractions of Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora, Spotify, or any other premium entertainment-streaming service. You think you can watch just one episode? You know you don’t have the self-control. You think you can just listen to music? You know you’re going to be clicking around until you find the perfect song and maybe even reading the artist bios that are available.
#5. Not leaving the house for hours or days at a time
This just simply isn’t healthy. Much like you feel stir-crazy at the office by the time lunch or the end of the day rolls around, you need to give yourself a break from your working quarters at the house as well. When lunch rolls around, don’t just pop over to one of those entertainment sites — your eyes need a break from the computer. Go for a walk or something. It’ll keep your brain fresh.
#6. Taking longer breaks
At the same time, just because nobody is telling you to get back to work doesn’t mean you don’t need to. If you take longer than a normal break, it’ll be hard to ever get yourself fully back into it. There may not be literal breathing down your neck, but it is still metaphorically there. You need to get stuff done within work hours and not get caught up in these various distractions …
- Random chores: What is it about chores that nobody ever wants to do them, but they seem so much more appealing if it means putting off work? It starts with just putting the dishes away, then it turns into folding the laundry, and before you know it, you’re cleaning the whole house.
- Copious amounts of food: Have your regular lunch break, but again, don’t be perusing the cabinets at length at various times of the day.
- Your pets’ undying cuteness: If they need to go out, obviously put them out, but don’t use them as an excuse to take yet another break – albeit for adorable playtime activities.
- Engaging in long-lasting text or social media conversations: It’ll never end unless you stop the thread, so instead of continuing to ignore your work tasks, maybe just put down the phone or close the various tabs on your browser.
All of these things will just lead you down a path that you should never find yourself in. Don’t let the temptation of procrastination and the fact that you were too caught up in meaningless matters around the house force you to …
#7. Catch up on work late at night
There is absolutely no reason to do this. It may seem inviting in the moment when you’re fed up with work, but you’re not a college student anymore, and there is no reason to pull an all-nighter. Enjoy your evening. Now is the time to hit up those streaming services and veg out, but you’re really going to be frustrated if you’ve got to just “knock something out real quick” before bed.