Updated: May 9
Hey, everyone! I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe. As we're all practicing Social Distancing, many of you may find yourselves having to work from home for the first time.
Working at home can come with lots of perks like being able to wear whatever you want, not having to drive through traffic, and being able to snack all day without anyone saying a thing!
That being said, working at home isn't always easy. It becomes difficult when you lack the structure of a workplace. When you're constantly surrounded by all the distractions of your home, your productivity and focus may take a slip. Whether you get distracted, mind-blocked, or just plain frustrated, it makes working at home seem more frustrating than anything.
I've worked from home for the last 2 years and have mastered the art of productivity.
In light of the situation, I would like to share with you, my Essential Tips For Staying Productive While Working At Home. These tips helped me boost my productivity, hone in my focus, and enabled me to work at my best. I hope that they can do the same for you! Enjoy!
Schedule Your Time:
To manage your time efficiently, you'll need a schedule of the tasks you have for the day. Write down your tasks, both work and nonwork-related, in two separate columns. Now, highlight the most important tasks to know which ones you should work on first.
Using time blocks (blocks of time that are designated for a specific task or category), craft a schedule up for the day including all of your tasks. Remember to prioritize the larger and more important tasks, so that you can get them out of the way first.
Keep your schedule somewhere where you'll see it. Another helpful tip is to use your phone's clock as a timer or alarm to help you keep track of time.
When you're working from home, boundaries are crucial to be able to keep the balance between your work and your life. Even if you're working from home, you should still get up, get dressed, and be ready for the day. A routine is important to daily life, whether you realize it or not. Even if you think it's not a big deal; just do it. It will help you get motivated for the day.
Another important boundary to set is your space. You might need to tell people in your home that you need a room for yourself and some quiet around the house so that you can focus. It's always recommended to work in a quiet room alone unless you're working with your partner.
If your children are a little too young to understand the concept of space and privacy, ask your spouse to look after them for a while if that's possible. If not, get creative to find something that will occupy their attention, while keeping them from being rowdy.
Have a Dedicated Workspace:
If you have an office space in your home, it's strongly encouraged that you should keep that room somewhat separate from the rest of your home. Back in the day, expensive homes would have a study, where generally no one else but one person was allowed. This was so that the person could work without any distractions; it was their "zone"
However, not everyone has the luxury of a study or even a home office. In this case, you need to find a place that is out of the way and somewhat quiet. It's not suggested to work in your bedroom because the bedroom is supposed to be solely for rest, but if you are forced to work in your room, make a little area to work in across the room from your bed. Keep your bed sacred and for sleep only.
Wherever you decide to work, make sure that it's comfortable and free of distractions.
Automate & Delegate:
With many industries relying heavily on technology, many of your repetitive tasks can be automated through software and scheduling apps. Automate everything you can with apps like Tailwind for Social Media or other software for your type of work. You'll be surprised by how much time and energy you save!
You can also delegate the tasks that you don't want to do or aren't good at. For household tasks, try delegating them to your children or partner. For work, hire a Virtual Assistant to help you in the areas your not as strong in or don't have time for.
It's easy to get lost in your work, but don't forget to take the occasional break to clear your mind and refresh yourself. Every hour or so, take a 5-10 minute break. Open a window to let in some fresh air and sunlight or, even better, go outside for a few minutes. You'll come back refreshed and ready to focus again.
To recap, to be productive to work from home you must:
Schedule Your Time
Have a Dedicated Workspace
Automate and Delegate Tasks
and most importantly...
With these tips, you'll be able to be productive while also keeping a good balance between your work and your life! Working from home shouldn't be a struggle, and now, it won't be!
What do you do to keep focused and productive? Leave a comment below! Don't forget to like and share with your friends! Let's all help each other! Stay safe xoxo
Until next time!