Working from home can seem like a dream come true. It has plenty of advantages. You can work in the comfort of your own home. You can avoid a long commute to work. You can save money on gas, automobile maintenance, and trips to the cleaners. Although working from home is awesome, you may have to take steps to be productive. Below are a few strategies I use to work from home productively.
- Create a Routine – Establishing a daily routine and schedule will help you stay on track. When you are working outside of the home, you have a schedule. The same rules apply when at home. Without a schedule, its easy to get side tracked and not accomplish your required tasks.
- Designate a Working Area – This area should be free of distractions and have all the basic things you need to perform your work tasks. Even if you do not have a separate home office, it is best to designate an area to work in. Consider converting a closet or other small space or corner into a productive office. Check out my post on turning an closet into a office and YouTube video tour.
- Get Dressed – Most people who work from home brag about “working in their pajamas.” Although working in our pajamas is very comfortable, it’s great to wake up and actually “get dressed” for work. Literally rolling out of bed into our home office may not put us in the right mind frame for work. Take a shower and put on fresh clothes. Even a fresh t-shirt and yoga pants may work.
- Avoid Distractions – It’s easy to get distracted at home. There are so many things and projects that need to be done. Folding laundry, watching television, cleaning, …. these are just a few things that are easy distractions. When you are working, concentrate on your job and avoid these distractions.
- Identify Your Top 3 and Live Frog – Prior to starting your day, make a list of all the things you would love to accomplish. Identify the top three things. Those are the things that you should concentrate on. Also, identify your live frog. Mark Twain said to eat a live frog first thing in the morning. The live frog is the task you most dread doing. If you do it first, everything else is easy.
- Don’t Forget to Take Your Lunch Break – Sometimes when we are “on a roll” working, its easy to work straight through lunch. Its important that you take your regularly scheduled breaks and lunch break. You are more productive fully hydrated and nourished. If you sit at a desk, you also need to stretch your legs and stand up at least once an hour.
- Be An Over Performer – Help disprove the myth that working from home is not real work. Try to set yourself ahead from the people who work in the office. Make sure you are producing more than your co-workers. You don’t want to give your supervisor a reason to revoke your opportunity to work from home.
- Set Boundaries with Friends and Family – Make sure your friends and family are aware of your work hours. Make sure they respect your work time and not visit or constantly call you. They should treat your working time at home as if you are physically at work outside of the home.
- Plan Your Day The Night Before – Planning your day the night before can ensure your day is productive. Check out these 7 Things to do at night which will promote a productive tomorrow.
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