Resty Delos Reyes, Negosentro | Working from home is a benefit coveted by millions of employees all over the globe. There is no drama over the perfect thermostat setting, no weather delays and no traffic snarls. However, many people feel they would lack the focus and self-discipline required to be highly productive if they work from home. The key to being productive in a home office isn’t determination or willpower – it is following a few simple tips that will help you be more productive.
CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
Make a plan and stick to that plan as smoothly as possible. Get up, clean up, fuel up and start working. Avoid the “me” time in the morning – sleep time is me time. And don’t check email first. Keep an adequate supply of printer ink, pens, coffee and whatever else to avoid the distraction of a drive to the store during working hours.
BUY A GREAT CHAIR
You will spend a lot of time sitting in front of your computer, so have to invest in a good, comfy office chair, good computer and phone. If you don’t feel comfortable you can’t stay focused and you can’t stay productive.
When you work from home, you have the freedom to create the ultimate rock playlist, but that doesn’t mean you should be a DJ. Make an effort to minimize these distractions during your working hours:
Pets. A cat or dog on your keyboard can definitely impede your productivity. If you are working in your bedroom, keep your pets in your living room.
Music. Don’t spend hours creating the perfect playlist. Just pick your station or favorite album, and leave it alone for 2-3 hours.
Children. If your little ones will share your space during your work period, explain them the importance of your quiet, focused time. Find some fun games to keep them entertained and quiet.
Deliveries/visitors. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you are available for every package delivery or visitors.
To be more productive take breaks. The most productive workers focus for 52 min, then disengage for 17 min. These breaks will help your mind come back refreshed and better prepared to see new challenges.
The truth is that your kitchen will be close at hand, but you can’t cook while you are working on some important tasks. You can’t subsist on junk food either. You won’t have colleagues to remind you when it is time to eat, which means you can easily forget good nutrition habits. So, take some time during your off-hours to plan healthy meals – your body will thank you.
DE-CLUTTER AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
You need to keep your working space clean and tidy in order to be productive. And from clothes to accessories, everything will find their way into your office since it is in your house.