Happy Hump-Day friends!
I’m incredibly fortunate to have a workplace that allows its employees to work from home when the time calls for it. For example, yesterday morning I woke up to a text from my boyfriend telling me that the highway was at a standstill and the roads were terrible. I peaked out the window and everything was covered in snow. I couldn’t even see the road – indicating to me that my morning commute had quite a bit of potential to become hazardous if I decided to venture out. Luckily, I didn’t have to. I spent all day working from my bed, in my pajamas, with this handsome pup at my side:
Though all of this sounds pretty amazing, working remotely can certainly have its own challenges. For example, it’s very easy to become distracted when you are in the comfort of your own environment and don’t have anyone hovering over your shoulder asking for updates.
So, how do you take full advantage of working from home without becoming unproductive? Here are some suggestions:
1. Make a Schedule
One of the benefits of working from home is that you get to set your schedule. If your brain doesn’t start functioning until mid-morning, adjusting your schedule to accommodate the peak of your productivity could be really beneficial. If you’re the kind of person who needs an afternoon nap or a couple of breaks to allow yourself to get refocused on the tasks at hand, do it! As long as you’re putting in your time, you might-as-well ensure it’s your most productive time.
2. Change Your Environment
If you’re working from home and you find your own space to be far too distracting, consider moving to a nearby coffee shop that has WiFi. Working in public without the comforts of home will allow you to focus more on the task at hand, as there will be fewer distractions. If you can’t operate in noisy, public places, moving to the park or a library might be a better idea.
3. Reward Yourself
If you’re itching to check Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram instead of doing your work, or check in to see how your athletes are doing at the Olympics, promise yourself a reward once you finish a task. When you complete a report you can watch bob-sledding, or when you respond to all of your emails you can check out your social media for five minutes. Rewarding yourself in small ways encourages you to get work done faster and focus on the task at hand.
These are some tips that help me stay focused and productive when I work from home. Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know by commenting below!