Working from home is most definitely a privilege — after all, who doesn’t love to work from virtually anywhere and be paid like working a regular 9-5 at an actual office site?
However, working from home does require a lot of focus, organization, and the ability to work with little to no guidance, since you’re basically on your own! With nobody holding you accountable at all times, it’s easy to slack off or simply get lazy. That said, it’s important to practice methods for maximizing productivity when you work from home… if you want to keep your job. Here are 8 tips to get you started!
ACTUALLY GET DRESSED
A lot of people think that the biggest perk to working from home is the option to work in your PJ’s in bed. While I do somewhat agree, in that it’s super comfortable and convenient, I also find that I’m a lot more productive when I actually put in the effort and time to get ready and get dressed like I would if I were to go to work in an office. Get up early in the morning, take a warm shower to wake up, and toss on a comfy outfit before you start your workday.
HAVE A DAILY SCHEDULE
Without a schedule, you’ll be all over the place. It’s easy to get distracted and lose track of where you left off. However, having a schedule of things to do written down helps to keep you organized, and you can check things off as you go. It’s also always good to have a list of things you’ve accomplished for your own records!
DON’T WORK AFTER HOURS
You can set your schedule however you want, but don’t work more than 8 hours in a day! Your body needs rest and will slow down in terms of productivity in the long-run if you overwork yourself. Having an agenda written out helps to prevent working after hours, as long as you stick to it!
SET ASIDE TIME FOR BREAKS
In addition to keeping your hours set at a standard 8 hours tops, be sure to set aside time for 15-30 minute breaks to eat a hearty meal, get some exercise in, and simply have some “me” time. Breaks keep us awake and refreshed, and helps to avoid burnout on the job.
SWITCH UP YOUR ‘OFFICE’
Things can get stale working at the same place over & over again, and since you’re working from home, why not take advantage of the privilege of being able to switch things up? Your office could be a library, coffee shop, a rooftop, or even a beach! New spaces often spur creativity and inspiration to get work done.
DESIGNATE A WORKSPACE
When you’re not switching your offices up and feel like working from your home, it’s important to designate a space where you get the work done. Moving from the bedroom to the office to the kitchen can become a distraction, so it’s definitely recommended that you have a space where you keep all your “office” supplies and anything related to work in one place. Once you’re done with work, exit that workspace and enjoy yourself in the kitchen or living room area, savouring a delicious meal & watching your favourite TV show to wind down the day.
ELIMINATE HOME DISTRACTIONS
One of the challenges of working from home is having to deal with home distractions. This could be anywhere from the dog barking incessantly or the TV being on and too loud, preventing you from staying focused. If there are others at home, remind them kindly that while you are home, you are actually on the job and require a quiet space to get the work done.
GET FRESH AIR
Sometimes, we get so focused on our work we forget to open the windows and get some fresh air, or take a break outdoors and go for a walk. Fresh air is not only necessary for good health, it’s also energizing!
Anyone else out there work from home? What do you do to stay productive during working hours, and distinguish between “work” and “home”?