Essential Mistakes and Problems You Must Avoid When Working from Home

Ashley Halsey
Last Updated
October 1, 2020

The life of a work-from-home worker does undeniably have its benefits believe me! But if you’re not mindful of the pitfalls, they could be costly and can easily ruin what is otherwise a truly positive remote work experience.

Today, I’m going to go through some of the key mistakes, dangers, and stumbling blocks all work-from-homer's need to be aware of and avoid based on my experience.

Working Too Much and Burning Out

When you work in a physical office, it’s easy to work your assigned hours. You go in at 9:00AM and leave for home at 5:00PM. Easy peasy. However, when you’re working at home, it’s much easier to blend the boundaries of your working hours, especially when you’re working for yourself (my laptop is always open at all hours).

Just finishing a report or putting together a presentation, it’s easy to get carried away. Or tackling more projects that you’ve been needing too because you have more time to do more. Although, you should feel extremely accomplished being able to balance your mental capacity is important too.

When working from home, you need to make sure you’re creating strict working boundaries for yourself. Work set hours and remember to switch off and have some downtime. Otherwise, you’ll risk burning out. A good tip is when it’s dinner time it’s time to call it “done” for the day or simply mute the computer so you aren’t being called by the dreaded siren sound of the work email ping.

Failing to Prioritize Work

Hand in hand with the consideration above, most of the time you don’t want to work hard, you’ll want to be working smart instead. When it comes to managing your workloads, you need to make sure you’re self-motivated and tackling your to-do list in the most effective way.

For example, I tackle my hardest jobs at the beginning of the day when you have the clearest and most focused mind with energy, and then as the day goes on, you can start completing the simpler tasks. You can also prioritize your work by only making sure you’re tackling a certain number of tasks each day, rather than managing your time, manage your energy.

Allowing Yourself to Be Distracted

Just as working in an office comes with its own range of distractions, there’s also interruptions while you’re at home (it’s just different things). Whether those distractions come from the TV, your computer, your phone, Netflix, your partner, pets, children, or an Amazon delivery that needs signing for, it’s easy to get lost in it all. A good tip is to have a dedicated work space and put none work related electronics off and in another room.

Becoming Lonely (Lacking Social Interaction)

Working from home can be a very time-consuming way of working, and it’s vital to make sure you’re proactive in making sure you spend time with your family and put effort into your personal relationships. If you’re working from home, you may want to carve out family game nights, have bi-weekly chats with friends, and even set up a virtual meeting to have "coffee talk" on a weekly basis with your close co-workers. It can make a big difference.

Maintain a Routine

If you don’t have a routine, your day-to-day life is going to get messy very quick. You’ll find yourself getting super tired because you don’t have a consistent sleeping pattern, and you’ll find yourself distracted, experiencing lower productivity, and getting less work done! It’s a vicious cycle and not ideal.

So how do you break this pattern?

The best way to maintain a routine is to keep up with your daily habits. This means going to bed and getting up at the same time every time, making sure you get dressed every morning and not just stay in your pajamas all day as this keeps your brain in an unproductive state of mind, and looking after yourself, like working out regularly and eating throughout the day rather than snacking (this one I’m still working on myself).

By looking after yourself and putting your self-care first and creating a schedule and plan that works for you, and following these tips, you can make the most out of the work-from-home experience, avoiding any potential problems and getting the most done! Also, you can use your work tools such as your Google Calendar and schedule out your days. This helps too!

Teach Me More About Remote Work

Did you just hire your first remote employee? You can learn more about the most influential tips and tools to make working remotely work. Read A Complete Guide to Working Remotely.
Ashley Halsey is a professional business and lifestyle writer at and Ashley helps people around the world with making the most out of modern business movements. She is a mother of two children, she enjoys traveling, reading, and attending networking meetings.
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