Tips for Working From Home

Join the gym! No matter how you look at it, sitting at your desk 12+ hours a day is going to mess with your level of fitness, to say nothing of how quickly it can lead to packing on the pounds. Some people prefer to buy exercise equipment for their home, but I’m not crazy about this option because when you work from home, it’s way too easy to become a hermit. At the very least, get out of the house for a nice long walk every single day!

Don’t eat at your desk! Not only do those nasty crumbs have a way of finding their way into every possible crevice on your keyboard, when we eat at our desks, we tend to eat more junk. Get up and fix a real meal, and eat it at the table. You will be far less likely to snack throughout the day, and you won’t have to spend quite as much time at the gym.

Organize your workspace! The better you optimize your home office, the more productive you will become in your business.

Limit personal phone calls! Sometimes friends and family have a habit of forgetting that we really do work, when we do so from home. Because of this, they may expect you to be able to spend hours chatting on the phone, or think you can run errands for them constantly. It can get out of hand rapidly, so you may need to sit down and have an honest talk with them about how important your work is to you.

Use good posture! I cannot stress this enough. Buy the best ergonomically designed chair that you can afford, and then make sure you understand (and use) proper posture while working at your desk.

Don’t drink coffee at your desk! Stop and take a real coffee break. It will give you the chance to get up and move around a bit. Okay, reality says that most of us serious coffee drinkers aren’t gonna be able to follow this tip, so be prepared to invest in a really good spill proof mug, or plan on buying new keyboards on a regular basis. I have gone through so many keyboards (average of 4 per year) that it may be time for me to consider a really nice waterproof one.

Balance you time! It is sooooo easy to forget the very reasons you decided to work from home to begin with, and end up all wrapped up in your business. You have to find that delicate balance between work and loved ones. Taking an extra hour to spend more time with your child won’t make much difference to your business one way or another, but it can make a tremendous difference in your child’s life.

J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com

  1. Great points! I started my own business, and now I am getting out of shape from being at the home desk all the time. I previously was active, and I am in a major slump! Great article

  2. AerosolesAerosoles04-12-2009

    Excellent points. I have gained 25 Kg weight since I started my home business 4 years ago. I used to love biking, but sitting all day long on desk and no physical exercise have lead me to laziness. I will try to follow your tips.

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