Let's face facts; working from home can come with a world of distractions. Pets, chores, Netflix — it can be a serious problem. But it's not impossible to have a productive workday from the comforts of home either; you just have to recognize distractions and eliminate them from your day. So with that in mind, here are a few tips I've learned the hard way for getting shizzz done when working from home.
1. LOSE THE PJs.
I'm definitely guilty of breaking this one from time to time, but I can't stress the importance of actually getting showered and dressed each morning before starting work. There's just something about making yourself presentable that puts you in a more alert, productive frame of mind... if I roll out of bed and walk over to the computer in my PJs, I end up feeling sluggish all day.
2. CREATE A DESIGNATED WORK SPACE.
And no, I'm not talking about your bed or the couch. It's tempting, and I've certainly set up shop in both at one time or another, but it's just not conducive to productivity. So try and dedicate a spare room, nook or even part of the kitchen table to working, and soon you'll have no problem getting down to it as when you sit down for the day. #ForReals
Unless you're someone who thrives in a cluttered environment, try and organize your surroundings so you don't find yourself distracted by that pile of paper or all that random equipment strewn about. Clear space, clear mind.
4. IDENTIFY DISTRACTIONS.
I used to work with Netflix playing in the background — bad idea. Even though I've seen Gilmore Girls like six times over, I still couldn't help but get sucked into favourite scenes or story lines, ultimately putting work aside to watch. Other distractions for me include things like laundry, cleaning (mess drives me crazy!) and my pets; and while I can't ignore those fuzzy little faces, I've learned to make sure chores are done during non-office hours to prevent me from getting distracted. Figure out what distracts you, and stomp that shizzz out.
5. ESTABLISH OFFICE HOURS.
This one has made a huge difference in my productivity — I've said it before and I'll say it again, designated work hours are a must for anyone working from themselves. Because a home environment is naturally going to be more distracting than a traditional office enviro, it really helps to carve out a specific chunk of time each day dedicated to werking it. Plus having a schedule helps you get into a work routine that's easier to stick to long-term, so figure out what works for you and stick to it!
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