Author: Kiara Poitra, Receptionist & Events Coordinator
Working from home is very common anymore. With this new Coronavirus event, it has become even more common, and essential. Some people find it hard to work in their own environments. It becomes very easy for someone to get distracted by themselves and get off track. That is why I decided to do some research and put together a list of things that might help you!
- Get started early.
When working from home, you don’t get that morning commute to help wake you up. Going from bed to the computer is a little harder than driving to the office. If you dive into your list of projects and to-do’s right away in the morning, you’ll have a successful day of work. So instead of having a nice big and long breakfast that will eat away your motivation, get to work!
- Pretend like you are going into the office.
There is something about the mental association we have with work and an office that helps make us more productive. When working from home, you should do all the things that you would do to get ready for a regular day at the office. Things like setting your alarm, making some coffee, and even getting out of your sweats. Google Chrome actually has settings that allow you to have different toolbars with different accounts so you can have a toolbar for home uses and one for work uses.
- Structure your day like you would in the office.
Working at home makes it very easy to not have a set schedule. But you really should! Without a schedule, it is common for you to lose focus and productivity. If you have an online calendar, like Google Calendar, or just one on your phone, use it! It will help you to know when you should shift to the next project or task on your to-do list.
- Choose a dedicated workspace.
Not being in the office, shouldn’t mean that you don’t have an office. Working on the couch is just a nap trap! Dedicate a specific space for you to work. Trust me, it’ll help!
- Make it harder for yourself to mess around on social media
This is going to be a hard one, especially since most of those who need to work from home at this time, are business owners and get their advertising out on social media. However, you should remove these social media platforms from your browser shortcuts and log out of every account while doing work on your home computer. You could work in the “incognito” mode to ensure that you stay signed out of all your accounts and it won’t conduct the autocomplete when you type. This helps you not to get tempted into taking too many social breaks during your work day.
- Work when you’re at your most productive.
It is almost impossible for anyone to work through morning to evening. Your motivation comes naturally at different times throughout the day. When you are working from home it is very important to know when these times are, so you can plan your schedule around it. Save your harder tasks for those peaks, so you know you will be in the right mindset for them. Then of course use your slower points in the day to get the easier tasks out of the way.
- Match your music to the task at hand.
Some may think it is silly, but the music you listen to while you work really does help. Video game soundtracks are the best for helping your mind focus. Lyric-free music is designed to help focus. It could be anything from classical, jazz, or lo-fi tech soundtracks.
- Use laundry as a work timer.
Doing laundry is a built-in timer for your stay-at-home workday. Getting one or more of your tasks done before changing the load helps you commit to your assignment. It may help train you to work smarter on those tasks that might have been an all-day thinker.
- Take clear breaks.
Some people that get distracted easily normally avoid taking breaks while working from home. But you shouldn’t let the guilt of getting off task prevent you from taking a breather away from the computer screen. Take a short walk around the block, or even your living room to stretch and give yourself time to refocus. Breaks like making and eating lunch can recharge you so you can do better work. You don’t want to burn yourself out half-way through your day.
- Pick a definitive finishing time each day
It can be pretty easy to lose track of time while working in a relaxing environment. When you’re in the office, seeing your co-workers packing up their things to head home lets you know that you should do the same. So replace the sight of those co-workers with an alarm. You don’t have to stop exactly at that time, but just knowing that the work day is done can help you to wrap up your work day.
Those are the 10 tips I have for you to help you work at home. Check out these other blogs of ours that give you advice on mobile apps for work and productivity tips to keep you on track!
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Here is a blog from one of our members, Evergreen Media on How to work from home productively:
Receptionist & Event Coordinator
Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau