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There are so many reasons why working from home is great. You save time and money not having to commute, you can cook nice meals for lunch, never miss a delivery, listen to music of your choice and if you work for yourself then you have the luxury of flexible hours, however, with that comes the distraction of housework, daytime television, and here in England, the very very rare occasion of the sun coming out.
For lots of people, working from home just isn’t an option due to these distractions and they are able to admit that but I do think there are a number of things you can do to encourage productivity and stay focused. See my personal top tips below…
It can be so easy to just roll out of bed, start working and get to lunch time still in your pyjamas. Research has shown that what you wear at work actually has an impact on your performance and I don’t see why that would be different at home. Of course, you don’t have to wear a suit but I definitely recommend getting up, showering and putting on fresh clothing for that “ready to work” feeling.
Have a schedule
Whether it’s in list form, on a spreadsheet or a timetable, having a schedule for the day is not only good for motivation but knowing what you need to achieve by what time will also give your day some structure which is great for keeping your mind focused.
One thing I tend to fall into the trap of when working from home is not taking any breaks, even a lunch break. There seems to be less of an awareness of time but it is really important to take a tea break every now and then, stretch your legs, get some fresh air and eat a proper lunch.
Not everyone has a spare room for an at home office or studio but setting up a comfortable area to work in and having a supportive chair is imperative for a productive work environment. Also making sure you have all the equipment you need ready for the day will mean you won’t have to run around the house looking for things right at the moment you need them.
Turn off your phone
Unless used for work related calls, keep your phone off or away from your desk during your chosen working hours to prevent distracting personal calls, stick to the same rules you would have at the office, keep texts and calls for lunch breaks only.
Set your hours
On the flip side of being distracted, it’s also very easy to keep working into the evening so by setting fixed working hours as often as you can and allowing yourself to finish on time will as mentioned above, help give you more structure to your days.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Do you have any tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below…