The Work From Home Lifestyle- New Home Office Update!

Working From Home Full-Time

So the past couple of weeks have been a bit crazy.

The main reason being because I moved into a new townhouse, which I believe I underestimated slightly how much work was actually involved.

Anyways, I never really had my own working space when living with my parents or back when I was in college, so I made it a point when I moved out to put this at the top of my priority list.

You see when you live the work from home lifestyle, it’s so crucially important to be comfortable in your environment.

You need a place with minimal distractions, a door you can close, a space that makes you feel alert with enough light and plenty of room to fit your equipment.

Luckily, I found a place where I accomplished all of the above.

Here is a “before” picture a few days after I moved in of my home office:

Home Office Before

Yes that’s a leather couch to the left…As you can see, not much was set up as this point. And to be honest I still have a long ways to go.

Here is an “after” picture of my home office as of the time writing this post:

Work From Home Lifestyle

Apologies for my amateur photography skills from my smartphone…

However, things are slowly coming along and in a few more weeks I expect to be done completely with it.

Now back to really the main point of this post and that’s the work from home lifestyle.

Realize that many people dream of working from home full-time, but a high percentage are just not cut out for this type of laid back environment.

I know that may sound surprising but hear me out for a second.

The vast majority of people are truly not disciplined enough to get things done when they’re at home and alone.

There are too many distractions: playing with your smartphone or dog, snacks, cleaning, cooking, web surfing (YouTube, Facebook etc.), sleeping….you catch my drift.

There’s a certain type of person and personality type that truly excels when working from home.

If that’s you, or if you believe that could be you, I recommend reading this here for some extra insight.

The people that do actually work from home full-time realize the true power and freedom this brings.

You can work in your pajamas.

You can put loud music on (only if it helps you concentrate)

You can eat breakfast while you work.

You don’t have to worry about a morning commute or traffic.

You don’t even have to think about 5 o’clock rush hour traffic.

You don’t have to worry about office politics.

You aren’t stuck in a stuffy cubicle.

You feel a sense of freedom and space.

Now many of the jobs or more importantly businesses people start where they can work from home are in the Digital Marketing field.

For example, although I run different side business I also work a day job doing SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Both my side businesses and day job revolve around Internet Marketing as I feel this pathway provides me with the most flexibility when it comes to working where I want to and when I want to.

I’m the kind of person that absolutely loves working from home and can’t even imagine having to work full-time in an office again, but again this type of environment is not for everyone.

In fact, I believe that many people would get extremely bored of the work from home lifestyle…since there’s not much to it.

My advice to you if you’re even slightly interested in working from home and still stuck in a job where you have to physically be there, is to start a side-hustle that can potentially create job crushing income.

This could be soothing on the mind to know that many people out there can entirely create their own schedules and live on their own terms.

Anything is possible, and if working from home full-time is one of your dreams, you CAN make it happen.

So let me ask, do you currently work an office job or somewhere outside of the house?

Are you working from home part-time?

Or are you working from home full-time?

3 Tips To Stay Focused When You Work From Home

Working From Home

So for all you entrepreneurs or work from home employees or freelancers or anyone else who does the majority of work under their own roof, this post is for you.

I wanted to put together a quick list of tips that have helped me increase my focus, my work output and most importantly, my bottom line.

Work From Home

It’s way too easy to get distracted when working from home and you’d be surprised how a little bit of discipline can create substantial results.

Take a look at my top methods for getting the absolute most out of your day!

(Yes some of these are obvious…but just try them)

1.) Close Out of Unnecessary Tabs In Browser

This means Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (unless you’re using it for background music- see tip #3) etc…

You wouldn’t believe how much actual time is wasted surfing the web or scrolling through Facebook looking at unnecessary posts from irrelevant people.

It’s time to gain some of the power back.

Seriously though, close out of all unnecessary tabs and watch your productivity soar by at least 50%.

This simple step alone has put thousands of dollars in my pocket over time, no joke.

The only Internet tabs that should be open are the ones you need to get your work done.

It’s as easy as that.

2.) Flip Your Phone Upside Down or Put In Another Room

The average person checks their smartphone way too often throughout the day which leads to less productivity and more distraction.

I have increased my focus by at least 10 times since implementing this tip, plain and simple.

If you still find yourself checking your phone even when it’s flipped over, you might benefit more from putting it in another room entirely.

If you absolutely must check your phone throughout the day, try doing it once every hour at most.

You’d be surprised how much more work you get done day to day when you’re not glued to your “distraction device”!

3.) Listen To Stimulating Music On Headphones

I find that some of my best work comes from the inspiration of music.

As long as it is music that enhances your focus and creativity, I’m all for it.

Some examples of music that have helped me stay focused while working from home are: Classical, Ambient, Study Music, Instrumental or anything else that’s smooth and cool in the background.

I also find it’s more effective when you have a nice pair of headphones to listen to this music on rather than “ear buds” or straight out of your computer.

A quality set of headphones that covers your ears are really the way to go (but of course that’s just my opinion).

Experiment with different kinds of music and see which genres get you moving and groovin in the right direction if you know what I mean.

I realize this post was short and may seem like common sense but give some of these a shot and let me know what you think.

If you have any additional tips, please share them in the comments section below 🙂