Working from home can make it tempting to get sidetracked, but you can still be productive! Due to COVID-19, our new office space changed our lifestyle routine, as discussed in our previous blog. When your office is also your home, doing home activities while working is bound to happen. Here are some tips to help give you the motivation for efficient workdays. You’re a professional, here’s how to work from home like one.
Wake up about an hour to an hour and a half before you start work. This will give you time to perfect your coffee, get a bite to eat, and to be alert enough to focus on your work. Use this time to prepare yourself for the day. As part of your morning routine, change out of your bedclothes and into day clothes. Therefore, you are changing into a daytime mindset. A good morning routine can do wonders!
Working from your bed/bedroom is the most tempting area for distractions and to start playing around on your phone. Try setting up an office space in the living room or spare bedroom. If your bedroom is the only option, have a designated office corner and keep your work in one area. When you have a designated work area, it will keep you on track better. It will also help you sleep better at night.
Staying focused while working from home where all your stuff is can pose a challenge. If it’s going to distract you, turn it off and/or put it out of sight. This is why we mention eating before work. In our last blog, we noted how having an agenda would help with overall daily structure. A set routine can help reduce distractions. Have a vision board of your goals in your office space to keep you motivated. Turn your phone on “do not disturb” mode to avoid notifications sounding off.
Switch up the projects you are working on so you don’t overwork yourself on a certain one. It’s okay to stop and breathe a little while working, but don’t overdo your breaks. Grab a glass of water instead of your phone when you need to look away from the screen for a second. Stay focused on the goal: the harder you work from home, the better the results.
Remember, even though you may be at home, once you’re on the clock then you are at work. There’s a reason our parents always made sure we finished our homework before playtime. Keep your work within work time, and enjoy the home activities without worrying about deadlines.