Staying productive while working from home… Do you work from home? Working from home allows you the freedom to get up whenever you want and work anytime you please, right?
Wrong! You can’t be work from home and stay productive if you just work whenever you feel like or roll out of bed at noon every day. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you don’t have important responsibilities and deadlines to meet.
The key to working at home is setting up a schedule similar to what you would have had at a regular job outside the home. Let us go through few of the tricks of the trade.
- Set Up Office Hours
You can be more productive if you set your work schedule, like 8 to 6 or 11 to 7, or even 6 am to noon. Whatever time you need to get your work done.
Stick to these hours just like you would if you had to be at work on time, so you don’t decide to go in late most days of the week and ruin your productivity.
Set aside time for lunch and breaks, too.
- Don’t Work in Your Pajamas
That’s always one of the perks when people think about working from home. Go to work in your pajamas!
Don’t do it. You don’t have to dress up in suit or dress, but do put on clothes. Being dressed makes you feel more like working. Being in your PJs may create a relaxed feeling that drains your productivity.
- Set up a Work Space
Have a place in your home as your‘ office.’ This doesn’t mean you need an entire room with a desk and the office furniture. It means you need a space where you can work without distractions and where you feel comfortable spending your work hours.
Setting up this area also helps you stay organized because you can keep all work stuff together where you can find it easily.
Moving around the house, working in different rooms each day can become distracting and you can lose work stuff.
- Lose the Distractions
When you’re at home working, don’t be tempted to turn on your favorite show while you work. Also, don’t be tempted to get on Facebook, check your Twitter, or Skype with people. If you don’t need the internet for work, turn it off. If you do, don’t have any websites up unless they are work-related.
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re home alone and you think it won’t hurt to do this or that, but guess what, you may end up spending more time than intended do thingsother than working.
- Consider Daycare
If you have kids that are not in school, if you can afford daycare or a sitter a few hours a day this can help you keep your work schedule.
However, some parents work from home to avoid using daycare, if you do make sure you have methods of keeping little ones busy while you work.
Don’t forget you don’t have the commute, you don’t have to get out in cold or rainy days, and you have all the quiet you need to get work done. Those are some great benefits when working from home. Stay productive, stay safe.
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