Working from home is becoming increasingly popular. At first, it may sound like it’s the best thing ever. You could work in your pajamas! But what you haven’t considered is your productivity level.
With plenty of distractions, including the allure of a cozy bed, working from home isn’t always easy. To keep your productivity levels high when working from home, implement the following tips into your routine.
Change It Up
A simple change in scenery can work wonders. Working from the same place seems logical, especially if you have a designated workspace. But changing your environment actually tricks your mind into being more interested in your work, no matter how mundane it may be.
Go to a local coffee shop, restaurant, park or to a common area at your apartment complex to break the monotony of your home office.
Set Work Hours (And Stick to Them!)
When you have a traditional office job, you’re expected to be working between a certain set of hours with the exception of a few needed breaks. You should apply the same principles when working from home.
It’s easy to focus on other things throughout the day when you’re at home, so being intentional about getting your work done when you can is important. If traditional daytime hours are best, go with that. Or if working at night is best, then set aside nighttime hours. Just be intentional about whatever you decide.
A tip for working like this is to let others know of your scheduled “work hours,” so they can respect them and also help keep you accountable.
Use an App
If you’re having trouble focusing on work while working at home, consider downloading one of the numerous productivity apps out there. Many of these are free and can help you with time management, project management, time tracking, avoiding distractions and so much more. Some of these are even “gamified” making the whole experience fun.
Distractions and low productivity go hand-in-hand. The best way to avoid distractions when working from home? Get them out of the house.
Anything that is a major distraction to you, simply remove. Things like Netflix, your unmade bed, a dirty kitchen and a yapping dog can all be sirens calling you away from your work. Whatever steps you need to take to remove the distractions (or remove yourself from the distractions) will help your productivity instantly.
Clean Up Frequently
You’ll never get anything accomplished at home if all you can think about is the need to clean up around you. Make tidying a part of your regular work week and don’t forget to do it. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done in a tidy workspace.