There's a productive way to work from home, and there's an unproductive way to work from home. Follow these simple tips to keep on task and make your home office a place where you get things done!
GET AN EARLY START
Wake up early and get a good chunk of your work done before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. It’s quiet and you’re brain is crisp and refreshed.
PRETEND LIKE YOU'RE HEADED TO THE OFFICE
Get up like normal (early if you can), and get ready for the day just like normal. Take a shower, get dressed, brush you teeth, pretend like you’re going somewhere. When you’re ready for the day it helps you feel “ready” to work and get things done.
MAKE A HOME OFFICE
If you find yourself working from home often, pick a consistent spot to work from and make comfortable and convenient. It can be your home office. It can be the kitchen table. Just choose a spot and make it your work space.
DON'T STAY HOME
Working from home doesn’t always mean you need to work from home. Try getting out. Explore working at a local library, bookstore, Starbucks, etc… For some people the background noise and chatter is better than utter silence.
DON'T GET DISTRACTED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Working from home does allow you a little more freedom to manage your schedule as you like, but don’t let social media distract you from accomplishing the task at hand. Silence your phone or turn it off. This way you aren’t tempted every time you hear the vibration of the phone on your desk. (I know that you know what I’m talking about!) Shutdown Facebook on your computer and check your phone at lunch.
PREPARE YOUR MEALS THE NIGHT BEFORE
This is another trick that is basically treating working at home like you’re going into work. The idea is to minimize the distractions. Don’t take an hour making a big lunch in the middle of your day. Set aside some leftovers from the night before that can easily be heated up and then you don’t need to worry about lunch ending up as a two hour distraction.
Do you work from home? What tips and tricks do you have that help you stay productive when you’re not in the office?