Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse! Sure you get some peace and quiet, no commute, and flexibility, yet sometimes it can just be so difficult not to get distracted! Whether you’re a full-time remote worker or on just the occasional days, here come some productivity tips to help you get through your workload!
Create Your Space
If you’re working from home regularly, you’ll want to create a space that suits your needs. It’s a good idea to make a home office space with a proper desk and an ergonomic chair, to ensure that you have the correct posture. You’ll also want to make sure that the top of your laptop or desktop computer is at the same height as your eye level. Doing this will ensure that you don’t do your body any injuries from sitting in this space for too long.
You will want to decorate your space in a way that helps you to focus and be creative. You might want to do this by selecting specific colors; greens are calming and promote relaxation and reds can help to boost energy. Put inspirational quotes or your favorite artwork around to inspire you. As well as this, it’s a good idea to have lots of natural light to boost your mood and endorphin levels. House plants are also very useful to promote a pleasant atmosphere and cleanse the air.
If you are working from home, you will want to declutter your space as much as you possibly can to ensure that you can focus. If you have a messy space, this can create an atmosphere of stress. Go through your items surrounding your workspace and see which things you can get rid of or move into another part of your home. You’ll feel much better with a nice clear area to work in. Having said this, some creative people claim that they can thrive in a slightly messy space. Figure out what works best for you and create a space that helps you to feel energetic!
Perhaps you’re working from home as part of a start-up or as an entrepreneur? If this is the case, then there are many tools available to help you stay productive and connected. One tool is a video conferencing platform called Zoom, which will allow you to stay connected with the rest of your team efficiently. Another is StayFocusd; this is a tool that works to limit your amount of time on time-wasting websites (always useful for remote workers)! Lastly, if you use CRM software, this can help the productivity of your business by efficiently organizing your sales, marketing, and customer contact data in one place. Sites like Copper can provide more information about CRM systems to help you further.
Leave The House
When you’re working from home, it can be tempting to eat a quick lunch there and then carry on working. You’ll perhaps think that you can get through your workload quicker this way? The truth is, it’s much more healthy to get out of the house for a while when you take your break. You could go for a walk in the park, hit a coffee shop and do some reading, or go to a local yoga studio. If you get out of the house you are much less likely to go stir-crazy and find it hard to focus. Taking enough breaks can help to boost our creativity and imagination when we get stuck in a rut.
When you are working remotely, your time management needs to be on point! You will need to make sure that you create yourself a schedule of tasks and give yourself some rough time frames to complete them. It’s easier to get distracted at home (and take too many long coffee breaks)! Due to this, you will want to plan when and how many breaks you are going to have. Keeping a diary can help you as can tools like Todoist, to help you plan your whole schedule. Once you get into a routine the whole thing will become much easier.
Some people think working from home is a dream come true! Well, the fact is it can be if you can self-motivate yourself to stay productive If you fail to do this, you’ll workload might pile up and you’ll be in for some late finishes! It’s all about trial and error and finding out what works for you (as some don’t mind a late finish if it means they can sleep in)!