How to stay focused and productive while working from home
Working from home sounds like a very cool and attractive lifestyle. The trend of working from home is growing day by day. Whether you are a student who is trying to make some money, or a stay at home mum trying to be creative and doing something other than the house chores (I started my blog on maternity leave which then led me to start a business as a virtual assistant). Working from home comes with its own pros and cons. You don’t have to get up super early and get ready, nor are you constantly answerable to a boss. You can set your own working hours, have snacks whenever you want, take breaks whenever you want. But working from home is not all roses. When there is no supervisor looming over your head, you can get distracted easily. Working at home is filled with distractions: aimlessly surfing social media, watching TV or getting a nap.
Make a proper working space at home
To take the laptop and get comfy in your bed or on the couch sounds the best way to go, but after some time, it’s easy to slip into old habits and flip on the TV or take a long lunch break. It happens and it’s natural, so to avoid this, you must have a proper working place. Have a table and chair placed somewhere in the house where you feel it will be the best place to avoid any distractions or invest in garden office sheds.
Dress for Success
One of the perks of working from home is that you don’t have to wear a three-piece or suffer in pointy heels. But it is always nice to dress up a little. Take off the PJs, comb your hair, wear something casual and then start working. The process of getting ready will help you get into the mindset for work. PJs are comfortable, but working In your sleeping clothes does not sound professional or business-minded. You work better when you feel good about yourself. Dressing up in the morning will help you stay fresh and be more productive. Wash your face with cold water before starting work to kill off any sleep, and you can even apply some lipstick if that makes you more enthusiastic about work.
Enjoy a cup of coffee
The best way to avoid morning grumpiness is to have a nice cup of coffee. Caffeine keeps us alert, active and focused. But be careful, don’t consume too much coffee. The caffeine in coffee makes you addicted to it and can cause sleep problems. You can have a cup twice a day, one cup when you wake up to shrug off the sleepiness and maybe one cup later in the day to keep you focused. The market these days is full of convenient ways to brew at home. From the convenience of a single-serve coffee maker to the affordability and flavour of a french press, it’s easy to choose the model the best suits your needs.
Take regular small breaks
No one can and should work for hours without taking breaks. Working from home gives you the benefit of taking a break when you feel like it. But the problem is that taking too many breaks will get you off track and you will waste time; you need to be careful about this luxury of taking breaks. There is a trick about taking breaks, a bit of a minute hack, take a 17 minutes break after every 52 minutes or take 5 minutes break after every 30 minutes. This will keep your mind fresh, and it’s necessary to take off eyes from the computer screen for some time. You must also take a lunch break but make sure it doesn’t get extended to a 3, 4-hour long break. Also, take small breaks to do some exercise or go for a walk. This will refresh your brain and give you creative ideas.
Disconnect your social media
There is no rabbit hole more tempting then social media. You pick up your phone just for a quick scroll on Facebook or Instagram, and you sink into it without knowing that 30 or more minutes have passed. You need to have self-control. Don’t check your social media for more than five minutes. If you think that you will be taken up by the temptation, just put your phone away from you, somewhere you can just hear the ring if someone calls. If your phone is just in front of you, it is going to be a really big distraction.
Working from home can be very fun and relaxing if you set a proper schedule and adopt some productive changes in your work routine, you can be productive and complete your work on time.