When you have the luxury of working at home, sometimes it’s not a good thing for progress. You turn on the television, start surfing the web, and before you know it, it’s five in the afternoon and you have very little done with only yourself to blame. Well, it doesn’t always have to be that way and so I’m going to show you how to efficiently work from home.
1. Get Dressed. One of the perks of working from home is that you can wear yoga pants and a dirty, over-sized sweatshirt without judgment. If you really want to feel like you’re working hard, dress like it. You will feel more professional and work oriented if you get dressed first thing in the morning. Whether it be jeans and a sweater or slacks and a blazer, getting dressed will put you in the right mindset to get work done. It will also save you time later if you need to go out and run errands. Lastly, it will prevent you from being too cozy which will undoubtedly get you in the napping mood.
2. Clean Up. When you’re struggling to get through a project, you will look for any excuse to step away from the work: A sink full of dirty dishes, a pile of clothes to put away, or a bed to be made are all distractions that seem important but will hinder your productivity. Do the dishes the night before, put away your clothes as soon as they’re folded, and make your bed while you’re still too tired to be productive anyway. Most importantly, make sure your work space is clear of clutter and your desk is dust free. Cleaning up, rearranging, and organizing will be an appealing distraction and before you know it, three hours will have passed and there will still be work to be completed!
3. Plan Your Hours. Work with the perk of setting your own hours. You know when you are most productive so take advantage of it. If you find that you are the most focused as soon as you wake up, get started right away and work straight through. If you’re too groggy to open a computer when you get out of bed, don’t even try to start working until you’re alert. If you start before you’re ready, you’ll burn out fast without getting much done. The goal is to be productive, and having the luxury of setting your own time should ensure that you work when you’re at your best.
4. Turn Off The WiFi. This is hard, especially if you need to be online to get your work done. But if you’re working on a certain project that needs undivided attention, turn off your WiFi until you’ve finished. When you don’t have coworkers or supervisors sitting around you, it’s much easier to get lost shopping online or watching Netflix than it would be in an office setting. Turning off your internet is hard, but you’ll find yourself less distracted and with a lot more accomplished
5. Hold Yourself Accountable. Make deadlines for yourself. This is more challenging if you work for yourself and don’t have a higher-up to report to. However, if you are lucky enough to be working for yourself, remember that you are the only one to blame if something does not get accomplished. You won’t be successful if you don’t set goals with deadlines and don’t achieve them. Check yourself by writing a to-do list with due dates and follow through on everything. Nothing feels as good as checking off your to-do list.
6. A Change of Scenery. Sometimes you need a change of pace for a motivating jump-start to work. Sitting at the same desk or table in the same room everyday can get stale. Go to a coffee shop, sit down with a strong espresso and get working. You’ll be motivated by the others working around you and the new scenery will stimulate your brain to get busy. Or maybe, head to the library if you have the need for a quieter place to work. There will be fewer distractions than your home office and you will have nothing to do but work! The walk or drive to a new location will also be a deserved break to give your mind a quick repose before getting back to work.
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