5 Ways To Stay Focused While Working From Home May 30, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
If you’re ever working from home and you’re anything like me, you’ll find a million different things you need to do around the house before you ever get to work. Working from home has become more mainstream than ever, with remote offices and locations becoming an everyday possibility, so it’s important to know HOW to be productive at the home office! If you can avoid distractions, working from home can be great! You don’t have to commute, you save money, you don’t need a wardrobe of office clothing, and you don’t even need to get dressed in the mornings if you don’t want to - it’s living the dream, well, as long as you can get the work done! So here are some great tips to help you keep your productivity on track while working from home.
Have A Designated Work Space
It’s so important to have an actual space to do work, rather than sitting in front of your TV or lounging in your bed. Sure, you can do laundry in between phone calls, but if you keep your “personal home space” separate from your “work home space,” you should not only be able to create more focus for yourself, but at the end of the day it will be psychologically easier to wind down on the couch because you didn’t just spend your entire day working there.
When you’re working from home, there’s no who is going to make sure you’re doing your work. If you want to be able to focus on the job at hand, remove ANYTHING that could distract you from your desk or workspace. Keep your cell phone in an entirely different room, turn off the TV, and keep any random knickknacks that you fiddle with stashed away. There are a million reasons as to why you suddenly need to file your nails, but put the file away and wait until you’ve completed your project!
Don’t Do Chores
This is probably the only time that you can convince yourself that chores are not a good idea, although it’s probably the only time that you really WANT to do the chores you’ve been putting off. It may seem like the perfect opportunity to catch up on paying bills or the pile of laundry you’ve been avoiding, but chores will take up a lot of your time, and you won’t get nearly as much work done as you’d hoped. If it’s something you wouldn’t be able to do while you’re at the office, don’t do it while you’re working from home either.
Embrace Your Tools
If you enjoy writing appointments down in a day planner, find a day planner that works for your needs. If you’re into digital scheduling, find a calendar app that works well with you. Everyone has tools that they love and help them stay on track day-to-day. Embrace different tools and techniques and find the ones that work for you. Everyone is different, and if you haven’t found something that works, try something new! Buy a whiteboard and make a plan that you can see sitting at your desk, or buy a cool day planner that makes you happy to use. Even using handwritten “to do” lists work for some people, it’s just important to find out what makes you most productive.
Prepare in Advance
If you know you’re going to be working from home, get all of the big chores and errands out of the way during the weekend. Granted, the grocery store is much less busy on weekday mornings, but if you don’t limit your chores and errands for the workweek, you’ll fall behind at work and will be scrambling to make it up later. Take care of the really big things during the weekend and you’ll have no excuse not to work during the week. With some planning and a few tips and tricks, working from home can be easy and productive!