With all the adjustments life has thrown us, it has taken some time to get used to a new schedule. Working from home may mean just you and your dog, or it could mean you, your kids, your significant other, and the pets. Whatever your situation, it can be hard to stay focused while working from home when there are so many things that could (and do) distract you.
After doing this for over six weeks, we’ve come with some tips to help you stay productive when your office is now at home.
Tip #1: Get into a new routine
For most, having a routine keeps us focus and motivated to start our days off on the right foot. Whether you get up and work out to start your day, or sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, planning out your day and keeping a routine is quite helpful. Start with your work hours, then outside of that take some time for you, add some time for others, and then plan when you’re going to eat and relax. Simple things like this will help you keep your stress levels down and feel like you have more control when we are in a time of our lives without any.
Tip #2: Define your workspace
Set aside space in your home dedicated to work. It can be a room or only a table, but when you’re there, you know it means it’s time to get down to business. Make sure your chair is comfy, and you have everything you need as well. If you live with others, avoid using high traffic areas like living rooms or kitchens. Studies also tell us areas generally designated for relation likes bed or couches are the least productive.
Tip #3: Be careful with what surrounds you
For many, listening to music or having something on in the background can help productivity. But, be careful with what you allow yourself to listen to/be distracted by in your time at home. If the kids are running around, or you can’t help but listen to the dialogue from a show playing in the other room, find something to listen to that will keep you focused on your tasks. Set up your workspace in a place that will minimize distractions or get noise-canceling headphones. Avoid distractions by keeping your space clean, writing out a daily to-do list, using visual cues like whiteboards and posted notes, and perform similar takes in groups.
Tip #4: Take breaks
No matter what your workload is, it is essential to take breaks. Allowing yourself a few minutes to comprehend, breathe, or relax after working on a project. It can help keep your stress levels down and will enable you to be more productive in the end.
Tip #5: Know when to stop
When working from home, beware of becoming a workaholic. When you leave your office space, master the art of letting go. Define a designated start and stop time. There is some leeway here, but don’t let the job spill over into personal time least you sacrifice your sanity.
We hope these tips will assist you in becoming the most productive you, at home.