Working from home can be a blessing and a curse; on the one hand, things like busy morning commutes, snow storms and, you know, having to actually get dressed in the morning are non-issues, while on the other, distractions, procrastination and, well, living in sweats abound. I've been working from home now for the past couple of years, and let me tell you, if you don't take conscious steps to ensure a productive workday, you won't have one... period. So with that in mind, here are four things I like to do to ensure I GSD (get shizzz done) throughout the workweek. And as always, if you have any tips of your own for eliminating distractions, I'm all ears!
1. TIDY UP.
This may sound crazy, and it definitely won't apply to everyone, but in my experience there's nothing more distracting than a cluttered environment. If I see mess or piles of dishes that need washing, my mind can't focus on anything else. This is the ultimate struggle when working from home, because if you don't prepare the night before, chances are a chunk of your workday will be devoted to some form of housework or other— definitely not the best use of your time. So at the end of each day, take about 15 minutes or so to tidy up so that come morning, the only thing you'll have to focus on is your workload (and making that second pot of coffee).
2. HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.
I find that if I get up and start working at the same time each day, I'm far more productive than if I give myself flexibility in the morning. I'm sure it's 100 per cent mental, but now I know that once I sit down to work at 8am, I mean business. Because I've trained myself to operate in this way, I'm far more motivated to check items off my list when I get an early start, and I feel like I get a lot more done throughout the day than when I ease into the morning with coffee and a little Youtube (definitely learned that one the hard way).
3. PUMP UP THE JAMS.
Another unfortunate aspect of working from home is the inevitable sound distractions that arise; construction, noise from the street, heck, even the super-loud meows of your neighbours cat (true story) can all take your focus away from your work, so I find that popping in earphones and listening to some upbeat music helps get me in the zone. I've been loving these bluetooth ones from Sudio a lot lately; the sound quality is incredible, the look is super chic (I mean seriously, it doesn't get better than white and rose gold) and they help me tune out Mittens' lively cat monologue. #winning
4. TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS.
Finally, one of the biggest distractions I find is my cell phone— you know what I'm talking about. Every time someone liked one of my Instagrams or sent me a Snap, I would drop everything to check it out... no mas. I learned pretty quickly just how big of a time-suck my phone truly is, so I turned off all my notifications and haven't looked back. Best decision ever; believe me, your workload will thank you.
If you want to read more, check out these Five Tips for Working From Home... happy working!