Working from home is a dream job for many. You can sleep in as late as you want, take long lunch breaks whenever you want and end your work day whenever you want. Basically, you are the boss of you. And considering that you are the boss, you are in charge of setting your workplace standards. Yes, I said standards. Wait. What? Did you think that working from home meant that you can wander the house all day in your pajamas snacking on popcorn? Yes? Well, think again. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Having the ability to work from home while wearing your pajamas seems like pure bliss. As a matter-of-fact, many of you are probably reading this blog right now while sporting your pajama pants right in the middle of a work day. Maybe you even have on a cute little pair of monster slippers or your favorite fuzzy socks. I’m not judging. I also have a favorite pair of fuzzy socks. To be quite honest, I have voiced more than one project late at night wearing my pajamas and bunny slippers, but I don’t make a habit out of it. Why? Because I am a work-from-home professional, not a stay-at-home individual who works on occasion.
Looking good = feeling great, right? We’ve all heard it over and over. If you look your best, you feel your best and in turn, you perform your best. Treating your business like a business is the first thing on the agenda. Let’s say you have an appointment to work outside of your home office or studio. Do you shower? Do you get dressed? Do you comb your hair? Ladies, apply makeup? Are regular pants making an appearance? Or, would you roll your lazy butt out of bed, brush your teeth and attend your meeting in your pj’s? I certainly hope not! Then why are you treating your home business like that?
Put on some pants. Enough said. If you want others to take you more seriously, you have to start taking yourself more seriously. Get your butt out of bed and get ready for work. Yes, work. Do I consider cleaning my house work? Yes. Do I get paid to clean my house? No. Therefore, I don’t do it during my work hours. Do I get all dressed up in my best work clothes every day? No. I can be very productive in casual business wear. Blouse, jeans, shoes. Hair and makeup done as it would be any other day. P.S., I’m also not a wear my pj’s to the grocery store kind of gal.
Here are some tips on how to be more productive throughout your day.
Get up and get going: Prepare for your at-home work day the same way you would if you worked outside of the home. In other words, PUT ON SOME PANTS.
Get Organized: Make to-do lists, plan out your day every day.
Schedule your time: For those in the voiceover industry, this can be a difficult chore. Of course clients come first, but try to schedule certain times each day to do your auditions and voice work. Schedule time for social media, marketing, accounting, etc. Keeping on a schedule will help you achieve more throughout the day and get less distracted.
Keep distractions away from your work area: If you love to watch television, make sure that there is no tv in your work area. It’s really easy for your inner slacker to talk you into just one more episode of your favorite series. Avoid that cute cat video on YouTube because you know it just leads to more and more videos. Make time for these activities before or after your work is done. The dishes, laundry and everything else can also wait until your finish your work day. It is amazing how the gravitational pull from the fridge is much less the further away from it you are. P.S. You look fabulous! Thanks for putting on some pants.
Set work hours: If your day doesn’t start until 10:00 a.m., great! Make sure you begin working at 10:00 a.m. and follow your daily schedule as planned.
Communicate your work schedule: This step is crucial for family and friends. It is easy to get pulled away from work for a million different reasons. Because you work from home means that some people will view you as not having a job. There is a big big difference between the two. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you don’t have a job. Reinforce this with setting, keeping and communicating your work schedule.
Work on your communication skills: Since you won’t be working with people face-to-face daily, you’ll need great communication skills for email and social media. The words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ should always be utilized!
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Your friend in voiceover, Rhonda.
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