Working from home as a court reporter may seem like the ideal job, at least to your friends and family, but there are temptations to manage. Household chores, kids, and pets can get in the way of being productive. How do you stay motivated and productive while working from home? It takes planning, communication, and creativity.
All too often friends, family, and neighbors take advantage of those of us who work at home with requests for coffee (that really happened!) or dropping by unannounced.
Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we’re bored. In fact the opposite may be true.
Establish Work Hours
When you work from home, especially when you first start, there is great temptation to sleep in, not shower, and just go with the flow. Often that attitude causes lack of productivity and can be detrimental to your business.
To combat this, figure out what time of day you have the most energy and work those hours. Not all of us are morning people so you may choose to work afternoons and evenings when you’re most alert.
Communicate your schedule to friends and family. Make time with them outside of office hours to prevent them (hopefully) from showing up unannounced. It will keep you focused during work time and you will enjoy time off because you will be more relaxed.
Develop a Routine
Once you’ve established work hours, give yourself a head start on the day and develop a routine. Whatever you choose, make it work for you. For some of us, that means getting up at a certain time, walking the dog, and having a cup of coffee before heading to the home office. Find what works for you and stick to it.
Create a Suitable Office Space
We can’t all have offices in our homes but we can create space that is designated for work and other space that is designated for relaxing. Whether that’s a corner of your bedroom that includes or a corner of the dining room table, it’s important to have a place you go for work, even if your commute is down the hall from your bedroom.
Just because you’re a court reporter working from home, doesn’t mean you can’t have office hours. Plan your day and remember to save time for yourself as well as friends and family.