How to Stay Productive Whilst Working From Home
Whether you’re a freelancer or just happen to work in the digital industry, one thing that is very likely, is the fact that you will have to get the majority of your work done in your own home. Some people tend to think that working from home is all about rolling out of bed late, working in your pyjamas, constantly taking tea breaks, and spending much of the working day wasting time on the internet.
In reality however, working from home is a great deal tougher than that, as you are constantly looking for ways to keep yourself motivated and productive, which, when you are at home and don’t have a superior constantly breathing down your neck, can be a little difficult. If you’re struggling to stay motivated and productive at home, here are a few handy tips that are sure to get you back on the right track to success.
Set yourself working hours – If you’re looking to really become productive and to get plenty of work done each day, it’s no good just waking up, sitting down at the computer, and deciding to work until you get bored. Instead, what you should do is set yourself working hours just as you would in the workplace.
Most people for example, work 9 – 5 so you may wish to do just that. Others however, like to get finished a little earlier, so perhaps 8 – 4 would be better? Whichever hours you work, make sure that you stick to them, and, over time, it will become second nature to you.
Create an efficient work space – Another common mistake that people make when working from home, is to try to work in parts of the home that are just not practical. Some people will take their laptops upstairs and will attempt to work from their own beds, whilst others will try working on the sofa in front of the TV.
In order for you to be at your most productive, you need to create an efficient work space and working environment, just as you would at work. You need a fancy office, but what you do need is a desk, plenty of room, and plenty of peace and quiet.
Remove yourself from distractions – Again, this applies to creating an efficient work space but it is so relevant that we’ve included its very own section. As mentioned, if you think you can work in front of the TV, with the TV blaring in the background, you are very sadly mistaken.
TV and noise cause distractions, and distractions lead to procrastination, which is exactly what you want to avoid. If you have children or pets, find a quiet and isolated room, and make sure you aren’t disturbed during working hours.
Set yourself daily targets – Finally, another fantastic way of really helping to ensure you become as productive as possible whilst working from home, is to set yourself daily work targets. Obviously which targets you set will depend on which line of work you’re involved in.
Writers for example, will set themselves daily word targets, meaning that they do not get to finish work until they reach a certain amount of words each day. By setting targets, you are less likely to waste time and will be more likely to get down to work so that, once you do hit your daily goal, you can afford to perhaps be a little more relaxed and possibly even slip out of the office 10 or 15 minutes early.
Do you work from home? What keeps you motivated and focused? Leave us a comment below!