1. Set up a dedicated office space
You may be tempted to work from your couch (or even from bed on those extra sleepy days), but it’s important to create a dedicated office space in your house. Setting up this space and working in it will help you to separate ‘work’ from ‘home’ and will get you into that productive work mindset. It doesn’t have to be a large space or even a separate room. As long as it provides you with a place to focus and a place you associate with work tasks.
And at the end of the day, make sure it’s a place that you can close off or shut down in some way so that you are not constantly thinking about your work. Commitment is awesome, but you can’t work all the time!
2. Minimize distractions
This is also a key way to enhance your productivity when working from your home office. Creating a dedicated office space and letting those who may be home know that you are in work mode is a great first step, but you also need to have a little bit of self discipline to make this work.
Stay off Facebook and Pinterest (unless you are using it in a work capacity of course!) and make sure you only answer calls that pertain to business matters. Need some help in this department? There’s an app to help! Anti-social locks you from accessing sites that you specify such as Pinterest or Youtube keeping you focused on tasks and minimizing distractions.
3. Get dressed! Shower!
It may sound like you’ll be living the dream, rolling out of bed, nixing the shower routine and wearing whatever you wore to bed the night before at work in your home office, but doing this everyday will start to make you feel less human, and this is speaking from experience! So get up, hop in the shower shower and make yourself presentable as you would do for any job. You will feel focused, human-like, and will be ready to greet the day ahead of you!
4. Get social!
The last thing to consider when working from home is understanding that your social skills may suffer. Spending all day alone with your computer can definitely have an effect on your social and communication skills, leaving you searching for any kind of human interaction possible.
So before you start having in-depth conversations with your cat, consider finding a co-working space in your area and work from this space one or two days a week. You’ll get to interact with real live beings who may even know a thing or two about what you are working on and offer valuable feedback. Score!
Do you work from home? How do you keep yourself productive? Share your personal tips and tricks with Jess below!