How To Stay Productive When You're Working From Home
14 August 2017
We’ve written several blogs advocating flexible working options, one of which is working from home. It’s a solution to a problem for many working parents or those with a disability or long term health issue. But, when it’s sunny outside, or you’re feeling a bit tired, it can be ten times harder to motivate yourself at your home office than it would be at a desk.
So, how do you the avoid one of the main pitfalls of not being part of an office space – the temptation to be less productive? Here are eight great ways in which you can remain at the top of your game whilst working from home.
Dress for the occasion
You’re less likely to feel like you can slope off if you’re dressed the way you would for the office. This is also important if you are scheduled to take Skype calls or meetings – you want colleagues or clients to know you are a serious professional.
Create dedicated space
Don’t sit with your laptop on the couch. Even if you don’t have room to create a home office, sit up at a table and create a comfortable work space for your day-to-day. Try to recreate a proper office space as much as possible.
Keep in touch
Working from home can feel a little isolating so be sure to keep in regular contact with your colleagues via email or phone calls. Talk to your clients or bosses and arrange to meet for coffees or host Skype calls. This will keep you in the loop as to everything that you are working on.
There can be a temptation to snack or eat less healthily, simply because there is no one around to witness it. But a poor diet is linked to a lack of concentration so if you want to stay productive, it’s best to ditch the snacks and eat better.
Certainly, one of the perks of working from home is that you don’t have to worry about deliveries or appointment, but you shouldn’t let these impede on your day too much. Likewise, don’t let friends or family text or call just because you aren’t in an office space. Set up firm boundaries from the start.
Set working hours
Most companies are happy for employees who work from home to set their own hours as long as they are available within the core hours of the day. If you are more productive later in the evening and no use at an early start, play to your strengths.
Tick it off the list
Setting a daily to-do list is a great idea whether you work at home or in an office. But at home it can really set you up for the day ahead in terms of creating a structure and targets to work towards. This is important, particularly if you are easily distracted.
Studies have shown that those who work from home are more likely to engage in longer hours than those who work in an office. But you are still entitled to screen breaks for the sake of giving your eyes (and your head) a rest. Make sure you take them – feeling refreshed will ultimately make you more productive.
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Written By Mary Palmer