The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done.This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. Regardless of space or location, establish an area of your home where you will work, and commit to working in this space every day. Be sure your workspace is quiet so you can focus on the task at hand.
Now that you have your office or work area set up, it’s time to get down to business — literally. If you are going to make working from home an everyday commitment, then set specific business or work hours. Use your deep focus to zoom through your tasks. Enforce a hard limit at the end of the day. Distance yourself from work, so you don’t work nonstop.
When working from home, it can be challenging to keep track of what you have to do throughout your workday. It’s easy to lose sight of priorities, tasks, and deadlines. Start your day by reviewing the priorities for the day. When you make your task list, stick to it. Set goals and time limits for each task. After you complete each task, cross it off the list. This simple technique is both effective and fulfilling.
“Dress for success” isn’t just a corporate catchphrase; it really matters when you work from home. Beyond psychologically getting you in the right mindset for work, you’ll be ready to handle any kind of video chat or check-in with a teammate. You’ll be prepared to get work done, and you will be mentally and physically prepared for the day. Even if you don’t leave the house, dress for work as if you were in the office.
An enjoyable perk of working from home is not having to rush out of the house, and commute to an office. However, working from home doesn’t mean you get to skip your morning routine altogether. Get up early, take a shower, make your coffee and breakfast, and prepare your lunch, just like you have to leave the house. Since you’ll likely be cooped up indoors, take brief breaks in between.
Even if you don’t have to be up as early to leave for the office, you should still set an alarm to commit to wake up at the same time. This will prevent you from sleeping in too late and will keep you on a healthy sleep schedule. Human beings are creatures of habit. We are incredibly dependent on routines, schedules, and structure. Alarms aren’t just for waking up. Consider adding an alarm for lunch and wrap-up since working from home tends to blur these lines.
Exercise naturally boosts endorphins, which increases happiness, enjoyment, and interest levels, all of which are important for productivity. Regularly stretching helps you maintain great posture. At a minimum, stretch throughout the day so you don’t get sore or hinder your quality of life.
Another work from home reality is that we have full access to the kitchen. So, when it’s time for lunch or a snack break, we are immediately drawn to the usual snacks, such as chips or cookies. However, research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables has a direct link on overall productivity levels. Reward yourself with a sweet snack on Friday after a successful and productive week.
Social media can be a big distraction if you aren’t careful. Minimizing mindless use of social media helps avoid distractions, so you can focus on getting more done. If you love using social media, then make it a habit to shut off social media notifications during working hours.
Working from home can get pretty lonely, especially if you live alone. Make it a point to video chat with colleagues, team members, or clients each day. Use this technology regularly and apart from discussing work don’t forget to relax and have a little fun.
We think that by working from home, we will be able to get more done because there will be fewer distractions. Although taking breaks might seem counterproductive, research has shown that taking short breaks can actually increase productivity and creativity levels. This can be done by working short, five-minute breaks into your daily schedule.