Some people may find working from home very taxing. You’ll constantly be distracted by everything that’s going on in your house, such as your pets wanting attention from you to the laundry that’s piling up. Home is where we tend to relax, but under certain circumstances when you have no choice but to work from home, you have to change things up in your house in order to achieve maximum productivity. Here are some ways to help you increase productivity while working at home:
1) Create a designated space solely for work
If you don’t separate your personal and work life, you’ll tend to find it hard to focus. One minute you’re typing away on your laptop, the next thing you know, you find yourself washing dishes at the sink. Don’t underestimate the power of home furniture! Try to get a comfortable chair and a suitable desk just for work purposes.
There’s a reason why for some people, they get more things done while they are at an office since that’s all they are meant to do in an office – to work. No running off to do laundry or mop the floor.
Also, try not to work right next to the bed. You tend to feel tempted to crawl back and sleep! If possible, keep your workspace away from your bed.
2) Plan a to-do-list or a schedule every day
Maintaining a schedule is so, so important. If you don’t know what you’re going to do next, your mind tends to wander away and you’ll just feel unprepared.
The night before each day, plan out what are the important tasks you have to do, based on priority. With a list of things planned out, you won’t be wasting time trying to figure out your next task.
3) Turn off notifications for social media
Do you spend most of your time on social media at work? Of course not! So you shouldn’t use social media at home either.
It may be a habit to use social media at home because that’s what we all do nowadays right? However, if you want to really focus on your work, you gotta avoid social media for a few hours.
Stay Focused is a fantastic app you can use to temporarily disable your social media notifications.
4) Declutter your workspace
Having a messy table will sometimes influence you to be lazy or uncomfortable. You will probably be distracted by whatever that’s around your table. Having a clean, organized workspace enables you to really focus on what you’re doing, just like a real office. You wouldn’t have clothes lying around on an office table, would you?
5) Try listening to some music
Maybe in an actual workplace, you can’t listen to music just in case someone calls you and you can’t hear them. At home, you can easily blast your earbuds off with music that keeps your mind focused.
Trust me, it’s not as hard as you think it is. Based on experience, I guarantee you if you make the effort to create a comfortable environment for you to work at home, you’ll be getting more things done!