More than 50% of the workforce today works from home ranging from full-time hours to at least one day a week. Having this option offers the employee the benefits of avoiding a commute, flexibility, and saving money. All of this creates a happier employee! A self-employed person who works from home has the additional benefit of having autonomy.

I love working from home! For me there are so many advantages and I am grateful for being part of that 50% who have this opportunity. I wanted to share with you some of the ways I make the most of this lifestyle.

First, the flexibility to design my day so it is beneficial to my work and my health – physical, mental, and emotional. I start my day with my morning routine. Completing all the things I want to do everyday usually takes me from three to four hours so depending on when I wake up, I am finished by 10-11 am. I spend time at the gym, read my book, walk my dog, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

Next, I buckle down and focus on my actual work. This type of work will be different for everyone, but with all my daily tasks out of the way, I feel focused and motivated. I work hard for the next several hours until I need a break. This might be 2-3 in the afternoon.

I take a short break by playing fetch with my dog or calling a friend. I check my to-do list and decide what I need to finish.

Finally, with a renewed and refreshed attitude, I work again for another 3-4 hours. I stop around 6-7 pm. In total, I work very focused about 6 hours per day, but I have accomplished more than I would have in an office for 8 hours.

This kind of schedule may not work for you, especially if you have young children at home. The idea is to create a schedule that does work with you life, but to take advantage of the ability to work from home. Add some quiet moments or breaks that enhance your day! Go for a walk, sleep in, or read a book. Create a work day you love!

Featured photo by Christopher Gower on Unsplash.