If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, it can feel both exciting and fulfilling. But, there are many distractions which make getting work done rather difficult.
When you find yourself struggling to be productive, take these helpful hints into consideration. Making a few small changes to the way you work may result in significant differences to your mindset and work ethic.
1. Make it your own
When deciding on how to decorate, functionality always has to come first. Consider how long you will be sitting and how functional your desk needs to be; only purchase furniture you will be comfortable working at for the day. But, after that, make your home office a space you will LOVE working in. Paint the walls, hang your favorite art, personalize your desk and make it beautiful. If you walk into your office every morning and feel peaceful, you know you’ve done a great job. Being in a space that feels like your own will put you in the right mindset to get things done.
2. Tidy up
Clutter is not conducive to productivity and it can often be difficult to focus when your workspace is messy. If you worked outside of your home, you probably wouldn’t leave your desk a disaster when you left; the condition of your home office should be the same as if you were working in an office elsewhere. In order to be productive, you need to have a clear mind and to have a clear mind, you will need a clean office. Maintaining a tidy office can be easy if you make it a regular habit to clean up at the end of every day.
3. Set a schedule
While it may be tempting to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, and start work at 11:00, it will make it that much harder to be productive when you finally get to work. It’s important to keep a schedule as if you were going into any other office; it will keep you accountable for your work and from getting distracted. If you tell yourself you’ll work from 8:00 to 4:00, you know what to expect and can plan the rest of your day accordingly.
4. Get dressed up
Before you had the privilege of working at home, you likely showered and dressed appropriately for your job. Whether that was a suit, a dress or a uniform, it was professional and different from the clothes you would wear when lounging around. It is important to not stop taking pride in your appearance now that you work from home and to dress as if you were entering any other office. Looking good makes you feel good and if you feel good, you’ll be more productive.
Distractions such as watching TV, taking your dog for a walk, having a nap, or cleaning the house can make it hard to work from home. But, by making use of these helpful hints, you can be well on your way to enjoying your home office and a higher level of productivity.