Working from home is a luxury a few of us get to enjoy and when done right, can be a very productive way to work. It is nice knowing you are trusted to manage your own time and do what needs to be done without being in an office environment. Not everyone enjoys working from home and feel they can’t get motivated with all of the familiar distractions around them. We have put together our top 10 tips on how to stay motivated and get the most out of working from home.
It’s very tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day and work from the comfort of your sofa, but it is proven we are more productive if we get dressed as if we were going to work.
Get up early
The early bird catches the worm! Getting up early and sticking to a routine will increase productivity and allow you to “clock off” at normal office hours.
3.Have a designated ‘office space’
When you are in an office you are immediately in a working environment. Making a small space at home whether it be at your kitchen table or in your spare room, will help differentiate work time from ‘home time’. Another tip which ties in with this is to not work where you sleep, not only will your mind think it is time to nap, you are also bringing your work into your peaceful bedtime area.
Work in a tidy, peaceful environment.
If you work in a dull, lifeless environment you are more likely to become tired and less productive. Working somewhere with natural light and a tidy space will allow you to get on with your day and get work done.
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to your tea breaks. Act as if you are in the office, if you need your daily brew don’t deprive yourself of it.
Draw the Line
The trick to working at home is to make sure you don’t treat it as a day off. Having your friend over for a catch up or playing with your dog can be huge distractions to your working day. Stay productive and let everyone know your ‘office hours’ so they know when you are busy working away.
Have a ‘To Do’ list
Having a to do list or a set number of tasks you need to do will ensure you are working towards a deadline. Not having a deadline or a specific job to be getting on with can result in procrastination and a none productive day.
Get off social media
Social media is a huge part of modern life and also many of our jobs. Don’t just sit on Facebook scrolling down for nothing, if you don’t need to be on it, make sure you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!
This one isn’t for everyone, you’re not expected to do a full hour workout on your lunch, but why not take a walk or just get some fresh air on your lunch break? This will help clear your mind and make you feel refreshed.
Check in with your work colleagues
A big part of working in office is being able to catch up with your co-workers. When working from home, send your co-workers a message checking up on ongoing projects or anything you may need to discuss together. Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean working alone.
Working from home is a great benefit to a job so using a few of these tips may help to keep you motivated throughout the day.