Working from home is a career fantasy come true. If you'vedreamt about spending more time with your family and friends or being able togo to dress down for work, then chances are you've considered working fromhome.

Whatever your starry-eyed reasons, the reality is much lessglittery.

<p ><b>But not to worry, procrastination can be managed by clear work habits and routines. Create a simple daily schedule that blocks off pockets of time to work.</b></p><p ><b>It shouldn't follow a traditional 9-5 workday but have a flexible timetable that balances your work and home life.</b></p>

Before you consider setting up your operations at home,let's look at some of the problems that you might encounter and need to manage.

Procrastination

When you are at home, it's easy to find excuses for notworking, from waking up late and not being in the right mood, to wanting towatch one more episode of your favourite series. The reasons your brain canmake up to avoid work and procrastinate are endless, which makes gettingmotivated to work really difficult.

But not to worry, procrastination can be managed by clearwork habits and routines. Create a simple daily schedule that blocks offpockets of time to work.

It shouldn't follow a traditional 9-5 workday but have a flexibletimetable that balances your work and home life.

Work-Life Balance

It is just as easy to get lost in your work at home.

The traditional office time cues don't work in this case.Your office hours are no longer limited but extended to however long you wishto work.

Doing this for a long period of time can lead to burningout. You need to have a work-life balance. It's unhealthy to be constantlyworking no matter the deadlines.

Get a hobby. Do something that is not work-related. Leavethe house and take a walk to clear your head or run some errands. Considermeditation to centre your thoughts. Any of these can help balance your health.

A Stressful Environment

Working from home is quite stressful.

The risks from every decision you make can be your downfall.This, coupled with an always present underlying fear of failure, can make thehome environment unbearable.

Anxiety can be crippling and reduce efficiency.

To manage it, carve out a workspace in your house. It can bea corner in your living room or dining, or if you have space, convert a room toa home office.

No matter the type of business you engage in, you'll need tosection a space at home for your work.

Time Management

The secret to productivity when working from home is timemanagement. You can acquire this skill through experience. It can't be learnedfrom books but by practising it repeatedly.

Start by prioritising the most important tasks first andthose that don't require much mental energy at the end of your workday. It'seasier to start with smaller, less important tasks like emailing. But these canend up taking too much of your time and leaving you with very little energy totackle anything else.

If schedules and diaries don't help you manage your time,consider using a stopwatch with an alarm. Set the timer for an hour or less andtry to get as much done as possible on your task during that time.

Personal Distractions

It's good practice to have work rules for yourself.Especially when it comes to your social interactions during whatever workinghours you choose, limit your communication with family and friends on non-workrelated issues. This includes any social media platforms.

Anything that is not work-related should be done on its owntime. And not infringe on the time spent on work.

Technology is one of the factors that has made working athome possible. But you still need the self-discipline to manage thedistractions that come with using it.

Keep your phone away and put your notifications on silentuntil you finish working.

Conclusion

Working from home has its rewards. But before you chargeahead and making a go at it has a strategy to manage these situations.