Do you struggle with staying productive when working from home? When you change your work environment, you change your mindset. This has the potential to be both good and bad. When working from home, this means that you switch to working in a more relaxed environment, one that you find comfortable and comforting. And this can be good, because you feel less stress. But it can also be bad, because you will naturally want to relax more, and that can hurt your productivity.
But that doesn’t mean you should give up on working from home and head back to the office. Instead, follow our tips below for staying productive when working from home.
You mentally associate pajamas with sleep. Staying in pajamas all day is going to automatically have you feeling tired and less able to work. Does this mean you need to bust out the pencil skirts and pantyhose? No. Not at all. Thank goodness. But it does mean that you should try to dress at least well enough that you would consider leaving the house as you are.
Distractions are your enemy, and when you are working from home, it is easy to get distracted by domestic tasks that you need to take care of. To eliminate this from happening, you should define your work space so that it is separate from most other areas of your home. Keep your work space clean so you aren’t tempted to get up and clean while working, and ignore the rest of the house until your tasks are done.
And in this schedule, give yourself defined breaks. Breaks are vital to staying productive instead of burning out. And as for the rest of the schedule, well, its purpose should be obvious. Don’t feel like you are being lazy because you are taking a break; taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of business.
A great way to keep yourself on task is to time yourself as you work. There are lots of time trackers you can use online, but your phone’s clock app should do the trick. Set a time limit for a given task and work to finish within that time. Your competitive side will love this.
Do you have special tricks you use to stay productive? We would love for you to share!