5 Tips to working productively from home

by Paula Sgarbossa

There are so many benefits to working from home such as saving on travel time, no office politics to deal with, more flexible work times. Yet working from home can be a big adjustment as there are so many distractions to deal with.

It’s so easy to get distracted – the kids have left their clothes all over their room, the dishwasher needs emptying or you could just take off for a bit of midday shopping?  So went temptation and distractions are all around you, how do you keep yourself working productively from home?

Here are 5 tips to help keep you on track:

1.  Plan your day

Have a basic schedule for what time you will be sat ready to start work, what time you plan to take lunch and for how long, and what time will you finish work for the day. Seems simple, but it’s easy to get off track doing other things around the house. Set up a similar routine to what you would have if you were in the office and you’re more likely to stick to it.

2.  Get into Work mode

start the day in the same mindset you would if you were actually going to work  – get showered and dressed for the day, have breakfast and be sat at your desk or work station at your planned start time. Aim to have anything you need ready to go such as water, your phone, laptop, notes etc already at hand.

3.   Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for sticking to your plan. If you just spent 2 hours working on a project or work call, then give yourself a short break to stretch your legs and grab a water or snack. This will refresh you and get you set to get back into work. Regular short breaks help to keep your mind fresh. And if you’ve done well all week, then maybe on a Friday you will have earned yourself an afternoon off! One of the perks of working from home

4.   Have a dedicated work space

home work space setup
set up a dedicated work space at home

This could be a home office or a desk where you are comfortable to work. Ideally one with plenty of light and little noise. Another benefit to working from home is you have the choice of where you work. Sometimes you may be able to take your laptop outside or even on the sofa – assuming you can work effectively from there.

5.   Set yourself goals

Have daily and longer term goals that you can check off as you go. This will help you stay focused and productive. You may even schedule yourself a time frame each day to perform those tasks eg. Each morning from 9-11am I aim to complete…

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