How to stay motivated, productive and focused when working from home?
As a work-from-home person, you have the freedom to choose when and how you work for as long as you can provide results your clients are asking from you. You don’t have to worry about the traffic and the weather and most especially, the proximity to family are just some of the coveted benefits of working from home.
However, there are also disadvantages of working from home. There are plenty of challenges that you have to face when working from home. Perhaps, one of the toughest challenges is maintaining your productivity amidst all the distractions that you have to contend.
Take a look at some quick tips to boost your productivity while working from home
The first tip is to stick to your usual routine for going to work because that sets the stage for the rest of the day and kind of the tone for the rest of the day. So try to do all the things that you would normally do on a work day just minus the commute.
Things like waking up in the morning at the same time as you usually do can keep you as disciplinary as usual. Though it's really enticing to stay in bed because you don't have to go anywhere and stuff, starting off your morning at the same time helps your body remember what you should do.
So for me, waking up at the same time makes sure that I walk my dog at the same time in the morning. And that's really important to me because I get some fresh air and I get a little bit of lead exercising before my work day. I also eat breakfast in the morning I am a breakfast person. So I usually eat what I normally eat like a bowl of really good oatmeal to help myself get into the state of things are going to Have it today.
Step number two goes hand in hand with the morning routine, which is about getting close and getting yourself physically ready for a work day. Again, I know it's really enticing to just stay in your pajamas all day. But I think that at least getting out of your pajamas into something else, it doesn't have to be like exactly what you would wear to work. For me getting ready also means like putting my makeup on, because that helps me get into the mindset. A lot of this is just getting yourself and your body into the mindset of working.
Tip number three is about your working location. Again, it is really enticing to work from your bed because it is the most comfortable place in your house. But get yourself out of there, find a spot that you're going to call like your office, if you have a desk at home like I do, then great spot. If you don't, then your dining room table is a great spot.
Also, like your living room couch is a great spot just somewhere other than your bed or somewhere that you see as relaxation. And having a space that you can claim that you can just call your kind of mental space is really important because having a space like that helps you to better context switch between work and home as well.
The next tip is how to find your work flow at home. When you're in an office, you take breaks when you go to the bathroom. When you're eating a snack. When you join a conversation that's around your desk with your coworkers, I think you'll notice that there's actually more breaks than you think that you take at work. But when you're home, there aren't as many distractions maybe, or maybe there are. But I think that including breaks into your day to day and sometimes even scheduling them or just being mindful that you're at least taking one or two breaks a day helps you concentrate better throughout the rest of the day.
Also, to communicate really well with your teammates when you're working from home. So this tip will apply to a lot of people who work on teams, especially in the tech industry, which is where I'm coming from. But it's really important to communicate, really over communicate when you're working from home, especially because you're not seeing like actually seeing these people that you're working with.
When you're working from home, making sure that you communicate on slack or discord, or whatever team chat that your team uses. What you're thinking how you're feeling, and how other people can communicate with you, is a really important part of the success of a remote work culture.
Put these tips into work and hopefully, you will get everything in control. Good luck and enjoy working at home.