How To Be Productive While Working From Home
Working from home has many advantages. No commute, you make your own hours, you save money on lunch and you don’t even need to put on pants to get your work done. However, many people find it difficult to balance work and home and stay productive if they have a home office. Here are some tips that can help you stay focused and get work done while at home.
Designate a working space
You don’t have to get a whole room and turn it into an office if that’s not possible for you. However, it is always a good idea to compartmentalize and designate a specific area where you’ll do most of your work. Don’t work from bed or from a place where you spend a lot of time with your loved ones, as that will make it more difficult to your brain to get into “productive” mode when you need to work.
Follow a routine
When your entire home is the place where you relax and spend your free time, it can be difficult to enter the mindset necessary to get work done in a timely manner. To help you out, it’s important to keep a routine that will make you act as if you are still going to the office. Determine your work schedule, get dressed (with shoes!) and maybe make some coffee every morning before you “go to your office”. It’s all about giving your day some structure.
Change the setting
Once or twice a week, it’s a good idea to go to a coffee shop or a public library to get some work done. It will refresh your mind and help you get creative. Being stuck at home all day every day can negatively affect your mood. Besides, the ambient noise can actually be beneficial for productivity.
You are not at your old office, with your boss breathing down your neck: you don’t need to eat lunch at your desk anymore. And it would be a great idea to actually take a lunch break and fix yourself something delicious to eat away from the computer. Take some breaks in the middle of your day too. Don’t force yourself to sit in front of the screen for six hours straight. Stop every couple of hours and walk for a bit or stretch your arms, back and legs.
Don’t give in to the urge of creating the perfect playlist for a flawless work day. Pick your album (or radio station) and leave it alone for a couple of hours at the very least. Your pets and children will have to wait too. Teach children to respect your working hours and don’t let your cat sit on your keyboard, adorable as that might be. If friends or acquaintances learn that you are home, they might feel like it’s perfectly fine to visit for a quick chat or to invite you out. Don’t fall into the trap of not wanting to “miss out” on activities. You can always turn invitations down and explain you have a deadline to meet.