You started working at home as a part time job to buy the extra comfort for your family. The approach used to be quite casual that time. In fact you used to be much more concerned about the large heap of files and unfinished work that you had at office. They used to haunt you in your dreams. Now those days are gone and you have the freedom to manage your work according to your convenience. There is nobody around to burden you with extra work and extract the last trace of energy from you. Just take care that you do not turn out to be your own enemy. As you become the boss of this work from home jobs, it is quite likely that you will have a tendency to overburden yourself with work.
Reasons of overload
There are quite number of home workers who end up overloading themselves not only with the extra dose of assignments but also with various pending tasks. This is an obvious fact that once you decide to start up an office at home you will have a lot of arrangements to make. Now often people start their work at home jobs without finishing the set up. So almost everyday they need to spend a huge time to complete those unfinished work. Moreover lack of organization increases the workload on you and makes it hectic. So from the starting you need too be very much conscious about using daily lists, calendars and filing systems. Otherwise you will find it too tough to finish the day to day work within a scheduled time.
Maintaining records and handling deadlines
If you are a freelancer then this is for sure that you will have a tendency to overload yourself with too many assignments to handle. Being a skilled professional you may get overwhelmed with lucrative and highly paying offers which often look too tempting to loose. The freelancers are quite familiar with the word ‘deadline’. But most of them are prone to over commit to the clients about the time and quality. This is another reason of being overloaded while working at home. To avoid this, you need to take some serious steps. First of all always try to buy some extra time from the client. Suppose you can finish an assignment in three days, but take four days from the client to be on the safer side and not asking for an extension. Maintaining database with complete information about a particular assignment, client’s contact details and deadlines will help you decide the priority of various works and finish them accordingly.
Take a break
All you extra serious work at home professionals must have heard this one…”All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This is something that you need to keep in mind as often you yourself is responsible for the overload of work. There are many home workers who cut off all their social contacts as they are flooded with tasks. They stop going out for movies, catching up with friends and spending time with the family because of the work at home overload. If you can correlate yourself with this same situation, then this is time to change. Always remember that short breaks and small bites of entertainment will increase your productivity noticeably.