Like so many others, you might enjoy working from home more than you ever liked working at the office. However, you might also notice that more distractions and obstacles lower your productiveness. Here are some ways to be more productive when working from home, so you’re always at your best.
Separate Home and Work
The most important thing about staying productive when working from home is keeping your work life and home life separate. Many people assume a big problem with remote work is that employees will slack off; however, they often have trouble letting go of their work and responsibilities when the workday ends.
Dedicate a room in your house as your office or, if you’re willing to go the extra mile, build a prefab studio office in the backyard. These will provide places where you can shut out distractions and your home life during working hours and leave behind your work at the end of the day. The adage “out of sight, out of mind” holds in this scenario. If you never see your work during your off-hours, you’ll have an easier time putting your responsibilities and worries aside during your home life.
Form a Work Routine
Similarly, you should build a routine for your workday. Specific times when you start and stop working that, if you commit to, will eventually make it easier to get started in the mornings and wind down in the evenings. Part of this routine should also include breaks, as giving yourself time to rest and recuperate is important, so you don’t experience fatigue, and your mind stays sharp.
Move Around at Times
During your breaks, a good way to be more productive when working from home is by taking the opportunities to leave your home and get a bit of exercise. Unfortunately, the pandemic has limited your options somewhat; however, there shouldn’t be a problem with taking a short walk around a few blocks. This little bit of exercise will help you burn off excess energy, clear your mind, and give your body a chance to stretch. In addition, this will make you more comfortable and focused when you sit back down afterward.