Working from home can be the perfect situation for anyone – you can avoid the rush hour commute, plan your day the way you want, and be your own boss. With so much freedom you’d assume that you’d be super productive, right?Well, not always. There are times when the comfort of home will sneakily come calling and, before you know it, you start to find it very difficult to stay on track and get real work done.
So, how can you stay productive when working from the comfort of your home without getting too comfortable?
Identify your rhythm first
Ever heard of the adage – The early bird catches the worm?
You must have heard it time and again that getting up early is the key to staying productive throughout the day, but it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Many successful entrepreneurs like to have an early start to their day, sometimes getting up as early as 4 in the morning! But, if getting up that early leaves you feeling groggy and ready for a mid-afternoon siesta, then maybe early morning starts are not the most productive way for you to work.
Ask yourself what works best for you when you are working from home. When do you feel you’re most productive? Identify your personal rhythm and schedule your day accordingly. If this means getting up at 6 and winding up your day early, or staying in bed till 10 and working a little later, then go for it. Make your own schedule and stick to it.
Use the right tools when working from home
There are multiple tools available to make working from home less complicated – to help you plan your day, keep track of your projects, help you with to-do lists, manage your time and productivity… the trick is to find the right mix of tools that work for you. Identify the areas where you need help and start experimenting accordingly with tools like Trello, Wunderlist, Box, Evernote, etc.
Take advantage of the tools at your disposal and select the best ones that help you be your most productive self.
Don’t be a couch potato even if you are working from home
It’s difficult to focus on your work if you are sprawled out on your sofa. You risk getting a bit too comfortable when you are working from home. The next thing you know, you’re napping more than you’re working. After all, we associate that piece of furniture with relaxation – it is a place where we nap, watch TV, and read.
Instead, set up a dedicated workplace where you can be comfortable and, at the same time, be productive. If you don’t have a separate workstation, at least ensure you have a desk solely for work, away from your relaxation area. Making this change can play a huge part in improving your productivity by helping you focus better.
Yes, you read it right. Well-timed distractions can be a welcome break for your brain. It could be a book, your favourite game or a funny video – choose your weapon to keep monotony at bay. Reward yourself with such distractions rather than being distracted by them. Tuck them out of sight when not needed. After all, you don’t want to be tempted to play another round of solitaire or read the next chapter of your book.
Likewise, there are times when you need a distraction-filled environment to energise your brain and get your work done. If constantly being in the same location makes your productivity dip, try relocating to a coffee shop or a co-working space to experience an environmental boost.
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