Most entrepreneurs work from home and many companies now offer the perk of working from home, it is a great way to offer flexibility to your schedule, spend more time at home with your family and the solitude can be great for getting those extra pages of work done. However working in close proximity to your sofa, TV and other distractions can wreak havoc with your work schedule; working from home is a perk you don’t want to forfeit or to put your business under pressure by procrastinating. Try the below tips to boost your productivity:
The first thing you should do is create a space that is separate and solely for your work area; this could be a study, side table or spot on your dining table. It all really depends on the setup of your home. By creating a special space that is just for work, means that you have everything near you to be productive – your laptop, printer and notepads. Try and make your workspace inspirational, do a vision board or put up a goal worksheet…it will help keep you motivated.
Go for a walk
Whether you have a dog or not, getting out of the house for a walk during a break is invaluable for your productivity. In an office you are more likely to move away from your desk to go get a cup of tea or have lunch with colleagues, but when you work from home you can work for hours with no stopping – it can make you feel like you have cabin fever. Getting outside for fresh air and a bit of exercise will give you a break from the screen and rejuvenate you for when you return.
Set working times
It can be very easy to become distracted when you work from home so setting out specific working times is a great way to keep on track. Try four blocks of two hours, with four fifteen minute breaks in between to make up your eight hours. You’ll have to be strict and make sure you work within those times but the ‘free time’ allows you to do what you want or go for a quick walk. Try creating a list for the day and dividing them out throughout the day to keep you in track.
Right frame of mind
To get into the right frame of mind for a day working from home, I have to change out of my comfy lazy day clothes and get properly dressed, not into office clothes but enough for me to feel like I am in ‘work mode’…make sure you are in the right frame of mind when you work from home too. You should also have a good breakfast to give you lots of energy and stop hunger distracting you later in the day.
Do you have any tips to successfully work from home? Let me know and I can put them into practise too