Sure, working from home can seem wonderful. Your commute is minimal, you’ve got a fridge of food at your fingertips and you never have to change out of your pajamas! It is great, and wouldn’t have it any other way. But there are definite cons to working from home too. Learning how to effectively work from home has been a game-changer for me.
Having your entire life under one roof can be tougher than you think – it’s easy to get distracted throughout the day and hard to stay focused on the tasks at hand. These ten tips will help you stay productive working from home.
10 Tips To Stay Productive Working From Home
Get dressed & ready for the day
You may think that working from home means getting to work in your comfiest sweats (score!), but staying in your pajamas will just make you much less motivated! Go through your usual routine for leaving the house – brush your teeth, put on a little make-up, throw on a pair of jeans. Feeling like a better version of yourself physically will help you be the best you can be mental!
Set aside time for housework as well as business work
Break up your business work with a little house work! Getting up from your desk and on your feet is a great way to take a break, so why not get some chores done while you’re at it? Plan out time during the day where you aren’t going to focus on anything besides your business. Same goes with your housework. Not intertwining the two will help you out in the long run.
I love to come up with different house chores to get done daily. For instance – on Monday’s plan to vacuum, on Tuesday’s mop…etc.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is the key to maintaining a healthy life. Keep a water bottle on your desk and refill constantly. This helps fight fatigue and prolong attention spans.
Enjoy a healthy & balanced lunch
You’ve heard it before, eating a healthy meal has many health benefits. Obviously. But it’s true! Say no to the soda pop and chips and opt for green tea and a healthy rice dish or salad. This will prevent you from having the dreaded mid-afternoon energy crash and keep on powering through your work until the end of the day.
Plan out breaks
Take a 30 minute lunch break, and two mental breaks in the morning or afternoon. Use these breaks to go for a jog/walk, play with your puppy, or just let your mind de-stress. Having something to look forward to is a great way to stay focused on completing your tasks!
Create a designated work space
Keep your work space and your relaxation space separate – that way you won’t bring the stresses of your work life into your home! From a fully dedicated office to a desk away from distractions – have a place solely for business. Don’t bring work to bed either. Having the stress of work in your place of rest can be harmful to your mental health!
One of the hardest parts of working from home is staying focused. To combat distraction, don’t even think about turning the TV on and don’t work anywhere near your bed (to avoid temptation.) Turning off social media push notifications is a great way to dodge distractions. Check your notifications at designated breaks.
Another tip! Put your desk facing a wall or window so you’ll be less distracted by items in your house.
Know when to call it quits for the day
It’s hard to quit when you’re in the middle of a big project, especially when there’s no commute home. If you’re getting tired and the hour is getting late, there’s no use stressing you and your brain out by trying to push through the exhaustion. The need to keep growing your business is a tough one to ignore! Never underestimate the benefits a little shut-eye or relaxation can have on your work!
Create Business Hours + Stick To It
Just because you don’t work a typical nine to five job, doesn’t mean those hours aren’t for you! Giving yourself set work hours allow you to relax at the end of the work day rather than overworking yourself. It may be hard in the beginning, but setting a couple times during the day to respond to emails is a great place to start. Being open and upfront with clients about when you will be getting back to them is a game-changer.
Get out of the house during the work week
Working at home can lead to a plethora of distractions, and can lead to you getting a little stir crazy. For a breath of fresh air, head to your favorite coffee shop. The relaxed mood (and delicious drinks) will help you buckle down and concentrate. As much as it’s great to not have to commute to work, don’t turn into a hermit. Be sure to break up your time at home. Go for a drink with a fellow creative, go out for lunch, head out to the gym, or soak up some sun in a park.
These ten tips will help boost your productivity and keep you focused on your tasks, while never leaving the comfort of your home!
What habits help keep you focused? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below!