Working from home can be a nice break from the hectic office life. For me, I get my best work done when I roll out of bed, pour myself a cup of coffee and get to work. Sometimes, if I'm on a roll and doing great work, I'll work from my home desk instead of heading into the office.
Though working from home has its benefits, there are times that my mind will wander towards other tasks like laundry or dishes. Or sometimes even watching television. Here's how you can stay productive when working from home.
1. Get out of your home, even if just for walk.
When I'm working from home, it's important for me to go outside to exercise at some point in the day. This might mean a bike ride, run, or even a walk to run some errands. On days where 7 or 8 p.m. rolls around, if I stay home all day it might mean I don't see the sun at all. This not only affects my mood but also my productivity. Taking a break to do something active can leave feeling refreshed and more creative. The next time you're working from home, make sure at least an hour of your day is spent outside.
2. Have a clean and tidy workspace.
If you know you are going to be working from home, make sure you tidy up the night before. This could mean doing dishes or a load of laundry. This will help you stay focused by removing distractions. Whenever I'm working from home and I see a home task that needs to be completed, I'll easily get distracted with the task at hand. The next time you know you'll be working from home, spend time before going to sleep tackling things that could distract you the next day.
3. Plan to leave work early.
Whenever I work from home, I don't need the whole day to complete my task list like I might in an office. I save around an hour of commute time, I don't have to go very far for lunch, and the uninterrupted silence helps me get my work done faster. Sometimes I'll finish up early and go do something with friends, or do something fun. By telling yourself you're going to stop working earlier in the day, it will often help you finish faster by motivating you with a reward.
Working from home can be a productive way to spend your day. Getting some sunshine and setting rewards for yourself can help you complete your to-do list even faster.